Autumn - An Opening to Letting Go Video
Autumn - An Opening to Letting Go

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Autumn - An Opening to Letting Go

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This vinyasa practice with Kate Potter is designed specifically to compliment the Autumnal Equinox. Not until the spine is truly aligned, and the back, shoulders and neck muscles are strong enough to allow for release, will you truly understand how to yield with strength. Kate guides you to release through breath and find strength in letting go. That is what your body needs in Autumn. Leave this practice feeling balanced and ready to breathe in the beautiful air of Autumn.


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mcgarryu, posted on December 3, 2015

It is truly refreshing to finally find a vinyasa flow on this website that doesn't harp on doing chaturanga in every vinyasa flow. As someone who is trying to get over a rotator cuff injury it is hard for me to find practices that take it easy on that part of my body. I especially liked the resting breaths, it reminded me of Tai chi and always helps me get back to the breath and reground myself. The one issue I had was the beginning because I am not familiar with Cat 1, Cat 2, and Cat 3 flows. If you are not either I would recommend watching the first portion of the video before trying it because I am so used to cat/cow.

katepotter, posted on December 3, 2015

Dear Injured,

Thank you so much for posting this. As long as I have ever taught yoga ( 30+ years) I have never been fond of teaching the Sun Salutation. It is not just the chaturanga part of it that is a difficult transition, {although If people have difficult shoulders then there is peril moving from" chaturanga" to "up dog" }, but if your low back is iffy then the endless forward folding is totally nuts. One has to be so engaged in the core to sky dive out like that. I love the forward fold with the feet wide apart and the toes turned slightly in....much lower centre of gravity and not so much canta-leverage. The Cat series are excellent way build strength in your shoulder but here you must be careful too.....don't go very far on the dip ( the cat bow ) and get used to using your core like crazy. Try to strengthen the muscles between the shoulder blades by pulling together there when you go into 'cat bow' and yes always watch first to get the idea.

Best luck in your recovery, and do come to a workshop if you can. I always teach Cat Series. I have 10 of them. I will be in NY next fall and also Ottawa. I am in TX in March, Fl and WI in April. Check my site, and let me know if you have more questions.


Kerry6, posted on November 15, 2015

I love this series! Especially in the morning. One question though..This series cramps my arches by 20-25 minutes in and have to pause... hmmmm ....Perhaps drawing up the kneecaps might help?

Please Please Please more Kate Potter~!

katepotter, posted on November 18, 2015

Thanks so much for posting, and I wish you success is your foot cramping difficulty. I would say, if you lift the knee caps up, it might actually make more cramping happen, even though that is a normal cue in using the legs. Perhaps you could try imagining the feet are wider, like you are standing in mud? Perhaps you need more magnesium in your diet? Perhaps there is too much weight in the toes and not dropping into the heels enough? If you ever come to Vancouver, do come and see me privately, and we can take a look.



Kerry6, posted on November 22, 2015

Imagining my feet in mud is precisely what I need. Grounding in the past has been an insistent focus and my challenge. I find myself allowing energy to flow only down until the ankles. I think I was seven until I stopped walking on my tiptoes and allow my heels to drop. Such sensitive feet .......... so much sensation it overwhelmed me as a child. Walking barefoot outside is a very deep meditation practice..... Thanks for the reminder...Laughing at myself I did not connect this! Thank you!

katepotter, posted on September 5, 2016

Dear Kerry,

I just found this note again now and It seems I did not respond the first time? I am so glad you have the sensitive feet. What a boon. Only trouble is if you don't get them down and under you the whole spine has not a chance to also ground. I love Yoga so much and have realized so much comes from the spine but not without feet. Dance down. Down beat. Down and in.

Best, Kate

lunchbox, posted on November 14, 2015

Please be more aware of the need for audio cues throughout the new sequences. There was no audio guidance for long stretches during some unusual standing poses/sequences, which took me out of the practice and my breath because I had to turn to look at what you're doing. Oddly, there was an almost annoying amount of audio guidance during shavasana, which was really unnecessary, unlike in the flowing poses. Want to love this, but it's frustrating to do the first couple times due to lack of guidance.

katepotter, posted on November 18, 2015

Thanks very much for your post on cues and letting me know your difficulty in following the sequence. I will sure take it to heart if I ever have the chance to film with Gaiam again. I would also very much like to mirror the student as I do in class, so we all turn in the same direction.....and this at least means you don't have to look over your shoulder. I guess, if it is worth it to you, you will learn it by watching first, but for savasana....there is nothing worse than too many words.

I can only say sorry and better next time.

aromarose, posted on November 21, 2015

I love the guided savasana as I know so many people do (from my own teachings), thank you Kate this was a beautiful class.

goddess50, posted on November 6, 2015

Thank you for this gorgeous practice!! I love your style Kate and will definitely be back for more. Your yoga is like a sacred dance! It was perfect for this mild and windy fall day - I had the windows open and it was as if I was flowing with the falling leaves :)

katepotter, posted on November 7, 2015

This is a splendid note...means I have some true affiliations out there! Well wait until you get the spring practice.

I hope Winter will be posted soon.... keep asking for it because it is filmed and they have it ready, and you are going to love the depth and simplicity both.

Much love to you, Kate

katepotter, posted on October 24, 2015

Thank you so much for this post Nan. indeed there is a flow for every season to be released! Not that I am rushing winter or anything. My favourite flow is spring and that is a long time to wait. I hope you will join me on one of my retreats and learn them. Perhaps FL in April 2016?

Thanks to you,


countessnan, posted on November 2, 2015

Florida is actually a possibility. Thx, Kate!

katepotter, posted on November 2, 2015

Oh that is cool! I love teaching in FL. YOGA BALA is presenting me and Karrie is the owner the main teacher there. She rocks, and always puts on such smooth event so sign up if you can before Feb to get the early bird weekend rate of 220.00. This includes live music ....a cellist who I made my latest CD with DIRJE CHILDS. Hope to meet you there.

countessnan, posted on October 20, 2015

Kate, I find myself returning again and again to this video. I had chaotic and scary dreams last night and woke up feeling out of sorts. Thanks to your peaceful flow and quiet yet dynamic energy, I feel like myself again. I hope you will consider doing a flow for every season!

OrlandoTerp, posted on October 12, 2015

It may still be summer in Florida, but I enjoyed this touch of Autumn.

katepotter, posted on November 2, 2015

Just thought you should know in case you are any where close to Port Orange. It is listed on my website now. The weekend will be run through YOGA BALA and the owner and main teacher Karrie
always puts on amazing events. It is on my website at

OrlandoTerp, posted on November 5, 2015

Thanks so much for letting me know. Yes, I'm in Orlando, so that is very close. I'm looking it up now.

katepotter, posted on October 14, 2015

I will be teaching a weekend in Florida in Port Orange at next APRIL!!1 Let me know if want more info. The plan is to have live music of my cellist friend Dirje Childs with me. We just made a new CD of meditation practices together. sooooooooo beautiful.



canadadice, posted on October 11, 2015

A perfect start to a windblown Autumn day! I wish you could see the yellow leaves streaming off the trees. Thanks!

katepotter, posted on October 14, 2015

Here too....I wish we could post our pictures ! Such brilliance.

Thanks for practicing.


pfomp, posted on October 5, 2015

Yes! Nice. This is definitely going in my playlist. Thanks, Kate! Really nice spirit you bring to the class.

katepotter, posted on October 7, 2015

So generous your post.
Thank you for practicing with us.

Reanne, posted on October 5, 2015

Thank you so much! It's a gloomy Autumn day outside in London today but I'm feeling all sunny inside after that. Lovely! Namaste.

katepotter, posted on October 5, 2015

Thanks for practicing, and dispersing the gloom. Lovely old London will return and you leading the way!


katieannkelly, posted on October 2, 2015

Just stunning. I took an unplanned break from yoga for almost a month, and returned to the mat because of tension that built up because of the absence of yoga. This was a beautiful way to gently ease my body and soul back into awareness of my self. My lower back tension has been opened up and released, and I am feeling much more at peace with life in general again. Thank you. Namaste.

katepotter, posted on October 3, 2015

Awesome. Great to hear from you and so pleased to be of service.



Caterplink, posted on October 1, 2015

Just returning to my mat as an instructor after a 6 month break that involved healing from knee surgery, a move to a new city and a search for a new opportunity to teach. I was looking for a practice on My Yoga that would inspire me and found myself drawn to your Autumn flow. It was absolutely lovely and perfect! I will incorporate so much of this beautiful flow into my first class. Thank you!

katepotter, posted on October 2, 2015

.....Ah such a thing all that change for you. Thank you for choosing this practice and being inspired to teach more and more. All the best of luck in your knee healing up well. I salute you from here in Vancouver where Autumn is in full tilt wonder.



maryann.s.briones, posted on September 30, 2015

We don't have autumn in my part of the world but this is wonderful.

katepotter, posted on October 2, 2015

Dear Maryann,

Thanks for your message. I hope that no autumn means you get to live summer in the bones all year long. Ha....I always have a wee heart break saying goodbye to summer.

BEst to you,


dreamwalkerkim1, posted on September 30, 2015

Was like a welcome home to do this.! I had my fountain running and my aroma therapy while doing this. I love you Kate.. You have been a definite fixture in my yoga as I have been practicing with your DVDs and with Gaiam. You and your practices have been such a big part of my yoga practices for around 10 years! Can't wait for more from you. You are awesome and such an inspiration! Thank you!

katepotter, posted on October 2, 2015

Hear is to you and your long time practice with me! Thank you for letting me know that this happens. Keep up the great work and stay with me. I plan on getting old and grey and still making these bones and muscles sing with breath.

TO us!


leaappel, posted on September 30, 2015

Exactly what I needed today. Beautiful.

katepotter, posted on October 2, 2015

Ahhh, just what you needed, well perfect!

Bless you, Kate

bergamifamily, posted on September 27, 2015

This was absolutely relaxing. Had a headache when I first started this practice and now it's gone. Definitely will do this again.

katepotter, posted on September 28, 2015

Oh my Land! I have a headache today....I will try my own practice and see.

Thank you,


B-health, posted on September 27, 2015

This is beautiful, refreshing, real and absolutely healing. Her queques are smart, sequences fresh and new. This is a dance as much as it is yoga.
A relief to find an asana that was not just brute strength, pushing thru chadaranga after chadaranga. More of Kate please!! Not just for the 4 seasons but for every month

katepotter, posted on September 28, 2015

Thank you for your enthusiastic response to this practice !!! Keep on showing up>


DawnInAR, posted on September 27, 2015

Yall's words are so kind and encouraging, and the images made me smile. So I am about to do this session outdoors on my deck! My back surely sorely needs it...

nancylise, posted on September 26, 2015

Kate is such an incredible teacher. I love the breath body link and slow progressive sequences that she builds, training the brain and body into those positions. She is able to guide me to a kind of relaxation that is rare. I would love to experience an extended meditation with her.

katepotter, posted on September 28, 2015

Wow Nancy!!!

Do you ever get this work! Wow you so get it that I am offering to send you a down load card for my new CD Four Contemplations; The Alchemy of Stillness where you will experience 4 of my longest and most complete expressions of practicing stillness. The cellist (and my latest creative partner) is beyond brilliant. Her breath on cello is simply exquisite. Wait till you hear our SAVASANA! cSee our full story here.

Or write to me at kateyoga@hotmail for the download of the CD.


tania.kazi, posted on September 25, 2015

adore Kate Potter. The finest teacher on gaiam.

katepotter, posted on September 25, 2015

This praise is far to high, but all the same I bow to the dear dear enthusiasm. Honestly, I thank you !



mightytaiyo, posted on September 24, 2015

Your cat series (for me, always with a bow;) have always been great warm ups, Kate. Even when my back is a little sore....something about it releases any soreness so I'm able to continue with my muscles feeling strained or tired. This was another great practice for me.....very soothing and something that warms up the body just the right way. And your descriptions also have helped me envision where my breathing or stretch needs to be. Many thanks! I'm going to test the download to the purple you'll be coming with me on my trip to Berlin next week ;) Can't wait for the next practice.....
[edit] I only realized at the end who your partners were!!!!!! HOW AWESOME!!!!!! I hope you filmed more with the three of you!!!

katepotter, posted on September 25, 2015

Yes yes we did film 4 together, so you will see a winter spring and summer coming with each season. That is great you recognized my Namaste Women!! And Erin was pregnant and gave birth to another fantastically beautiful girl!!! thanks for loving the cat series with bow. It is my stand by too. Love the way my back feels with that curve when you pull the floor of pelvis up. umm.

You are great. safe travels. and report back,


jelli444, posted on September 24, 2015

what a gift you are, kate. gah! just, gah!! you & your instruction are loved, beyond~


katepotter, posted on September 25, 2015

Is that ever a open palm of love! Oh do lets hope we meet in this round. I teach this Feb in TX, and later in the spring in WI and FL. It will be posted on my site soon.



karen.green65, posted on September 24, 2015

A lovely sweet practice perfect for the end to a long tiring day.

It was hard to follow some of the flow

But thank you for a different practice shape

lots love

katepotter, posted on September 24, 2015

Ah Karen..

Tis just great to hear from you, and to know you are in there!



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