From commodities trading floor to yoga mat.....
Kate Smith Jamison is a qualified Yoga teacher, Yoga therapist, Ayurvedic consultant and Ayurvedic therapist and writer who is based in Belfast, Northern Ireland. After almost 15 years on the commodities trading floor at Goldman Sachs in London - during which she practiced yoga throughout to stay in balance - and almost two years after the birth of her first son she decided to leave this high-paying, stimulating job as it had ceased to nourish and enrich her life. She not only wanted to spend more time with her son, but had also found another purpose in helping others to maintain healthy, balanced minds and bodies through the ancient traditions of Yoga and Ayurveda.
Through her dear friend Liisa Halme, Kate met Mark Whitwell in 2008. His beautiful approach to yoga as an intimate personal practice and his deep connections to the lineage of Krishnamacharya lead her to embark on teacher training in Vinyasa Krama yoga and yoga therapy with Steve Brandon. Steve is a long time student of Srivatsa Ramaswami, himself a student of Krishnamacharya for 30 years, and with whom Kate also had the opportunity to study and practice. Steve not only facilitated studies with Krishnamacharya's youngest son, T.K. Sribhashyam, but also introduced Kate to Yoga’s sister science of Ayurveda.
As it became increasingly clear to her that Yoga and Ayurveda were inextricably intertwined, and as she was enjoying the benefits that following its practices were having on her own life, Kate felt it was vital to practice and study Ayurveda in order to become a more rounded yoga practitioner and teacher. Dr Deepa Apte at the Ayurveda Pura Academy was just across London and under Deepa’s excellent Ayurvedic and Western medical tutelage Kate received both Ayurvedic Therapist and Ayurvedic Diet & Lifestyle Consultant diplomas.
All of these studies were undertaken during the years prior to leaving Goldman and when she left in 2014, she headed back home to Ireland as a single mum and set up her writing consultancy Wordsmith and The Yoga & Ayurveda Clinic.
At The Yoga & Ayurveda Clinic she has created a welcoming space where she gives Ayurvedic consultations to help people discover more about their natural constitution to help empower them to live life to their full potential. She gives diet and lifestyle advice based on Ayurvedic principles, and incorporates this into plans tailored for each individual that can include Ayurvedic massage treatments and one-to-one yoga.
Kate lives with her husband Robert and two sons near Belfast and is currently fulfilling her desire to keep deepening her knowledge by training with Shiva Rea, whose evolutionary Prana Flow practices so beautifully weave the Vinyasa Krama methodology of Krishnamachraya with the teachings of Tantra and Ayurveda.
Kate gives humble thanks to all her teachers, guides, friends and family for their inspiration, insights, love and support in helping her to find her path and continue to evolve. Deepest gratitude also goes to those who find their way to her every day, and in trust dive into these ancient traditions and all the heartfelt nourishment they can bring for mind, body and soul.