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4 Gates: Perseverance

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In this fluid and challenging vinyasa practice with Kate Potter, enjoy a long sequence building stamina and depth of determination. This practice will encourage opening of the mind. Start to cue your brain and develop muscle memory. Remember this feeling depends on the serious anchor to breath. Remain careful, clear and dignified in the company of persistence. This is a great practice to come back to over and over!

Contraindications: weak feet, ankles, or knees

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Perseverance Video
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Episode 1 Perseverance
Perseverance (August 2015)
Episode 1
, 36 minutes
A fluid and challenging vinyasa practice with Kate Potter, this practice will encourage opening of the mind and anchoring into the breath.
Available worldwide
Reverence Video
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Episode 2 Reverence
Reverence (November 2015)
Episode 2
, 34 minutes
Open the Heart of the mind in this vinyasa class with Kate Potter. Kate pays reverence to each feature of the body, and metaphorically reaches for the Body of the world. This flow is not the usual signature style Kate ...
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Exuberance Video
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Episode 3 Exuberance
Exuberance (January 2016)
Episode 3
, 33 minutes
This vinyasa class with Kate Potter ignites energy and enthusiasm in the body. In this practice, Kate's signature breath body link and creative sequencing builds the bridge between your heart and mind. Experience the ...
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Innocence Video
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Episode 4 Innocence
Innocence (February 2016)
Episode 4
, 37 minutes
This vinyasa class with Kate Potter is a playful, uninhibited string of postures that will make you a little tipsy. There is side to side action that challenges and builds ankle and feet strength. It is crucial to this ...
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KHILL2_2, posted on June 24, 2016

Thank you.

caitlinmcconnell, posted on January 3, 2016

Hi Kate,

I tried this one a few months ago and struggled with it, I could feel that there was something my body wasn't sure about, which was a great sign for me to 'Persevere' and keep trying and man did I ever release some stuff. I now love this practice! The breath body links and movements are so in tune and really help me to stay focused on the breath. I am truly grateful for you offering this beautiful practice, as it has really allowed me to be still and calm my body and mind.

katepotter, posted on January 3, 2016

You know Alice ( in the sequence) is in her mid seventies and had a pretty hard time at first. Madhuri ( the other woman in the sequence) too, as when we filmed this her husband had just died and it was not easy for her either. We all just have to, HAVE TO! sometimes, give ourselves a bit of a push. Thanks for your comment. WAY TO GO!!!

caitlinmcconnell, posted on January 4, 2016

Oh wow Kate - that is amazing to hear. Thank you for sharing :-) My heart goes out to Madhuri and Alice!

Namaste <3

lauradodge9, posted on October 14, 2015

I am so glad that there are brave and creative yoga teachers out there who can share their offerings. This was different and fun. Although I didn't get quite the stretch I was looking for today, I felt connected (yoga!) Thanks!

katepotter, posted on October 14, 2015

Hi Laura,

Hey thanks for noting that my style is different! I have done Yoga since I was 10, had so many different teachers and styles through the years, studied in India many times with teachers who did not even teach ASANA, but insisted only on meditation, prayer, devotion and breath. For some years I worked as a professional dancer in Canada, and for many years planted trees in the remote locations in the outback of British Columbia. My whole thing has always been to say to (y'all) that we need not be the same! With all these different postures and all these possible connections, a person who does a practice every day is free to draw on there own capacity and not just follow along. I urge all my students to be creative and not get stuck in the SUN SALUTATION mode, or any other mode for that matter. BUT DO work the body, and do recover the body and DO LOVE THE BODY, and it will love back.

Kate

sdabrowski, posted on October 9, 2015

i tried this class knowing i might not enjoy it because from the description and comments it sounded like it would be a class that kept repeating the same sequence while adding on poses each time, and it is. however, i did it anyway because sometimes it's good to do things that we resist so much, and i finished despite wanting to stop the video multiple times and do a different practice. if you like these kinds of sequences, you'll enjoy it as the instruction and quality of the sequencing/practice are both good, it was just a matter of style that made me dislike it.

katepotter, posted on October 9, 2015

Thanks so much for your comment .

How fantastic it is that you were able to stick to your guns, and complete the practice even though the style did not suit you. I salute you for your effort. There is truly always something to learn, but In a way, it is nice too, to just go with what your body mind and energy wants as well. I hope you find plenty of sequences that match your energy entirely.

Best to you,

Kate

coastalstorm25, posted on October 3, 2015

Thank you for a sequence that kept on adding on...

JayW, posted on September 29, 2015

Thank you little teacher. I have been off yoga for 2 months, lower back 4 wheel issue. This was a great flow and more. JayW

katepotter, posted on October 2, 2015

It is a treasure to return to Yoga and find it there like a forest nook of natured waiting for you.

In heart,

Kate

Mrogers000, posted on September 16, 2015

I truly enjoyed this practice. Kate's cues were perfect and allowed me to really focus on the breathing through the flow. Now added to my favorites :-) NAMASTE

katepotter, posted on September 17, 2015

If you can hold down the breathing on this one, you can do almost anything! A steady evenly weighted and evenly channeled breath is EXACTLY what I am trying to do and don't always make it. Thanks so much for your feedback. Keep it up with your practice!

K

deana3, posted on September 12, 2015

I started with Kate 8 years ago in my bedroom after the birth of my daughter. Honestly, I thought yoga was for people who had housekeepers and lied around the mat. Boy, was I wrong. She inspired me to go from being a Pilates and Aqua teacher to add yoga into my instruction. I had never tried this style of yoga before and it was so healing to me. Her voice is soothing! Her practice is always challenging and her ability to cue with out soooo many words so that you can hear your breath is a true gift Practicing with Kate again reminded me why I fell in love with yoga and became a 200 hr teacher. I enjoy a practice that is not just physical and is mind filled as well!
Thank you for the video option and I look forward to more of Kate. I would love a longer practice with some floor work poses to utilize the heat and a guided mediation would be lovely as well!

katepotter, posted on September 17, 2015

Wow Deana,

This is an amazing story. Thank you for being such a super star in your response to Yoga. I love it that you though Yoga was for people who had housekeepers and lie around on a mat. I have not ever had a housekeeper, nor ever owed a car even, but I do love to be on my mat laying around is true! Thanks for your passionate words!

Fondly

KAte

mightytaiyo, posted on September 10, 2015

Kate...I loved this. It was perfect for a long day sitting still at work. And this breath body link is new to me [from what I am used in your other practices - which i still follow on dvd almost every day]. I love the fluidity ....really helps loosen up my lower back which then allows me to stretch deeper when I need to. I look forward to seeing more sequences!

katepotter, posted on September 11, 2015

Thanks for the super feedback! i really like it when the body gets going and moves side to side as well as forward and back. It is a nice change from Sun Salutations which pretty much stay in the forward plane. Big love to you. Keep up your practice! and yes soooooon more.

lbruce, posted on September 3, 2015

I really enjoyed this creatively sequenced flow. The transitions all felt intuitive. I would have appreciated a longer savasana, perhaps after the wonderful guided relaxation, a few minutes of silence. Great overall--it's going in my favorites queue.

katepotter, posted on September 11, 2015

thanks for this suggestion. I am so in love with long SAVASANA's. I have just recently released a CD called FOUR CONTEMPLATIONS: The Alchemy of Stillness with a cello player. We give 4 practices, and one is a 14 minute SAVASANA. Please do look at my website at www.katepotteryoga.ca or if you are in the US, go to my cello players website to look Dirje.com. We could love for you to buy the CD. Blessings,

Kate

montlake, posted on September 3, 2015

I did enjoy this interesting variation of a yoga practice, though I think it is definitely a moderate practice suitable for all levels. Relaxing and light. Thanks.

katepotter, posted on September 7, 2015

Yes yes, very light when you stay...well light!

Thanks, Kate

yogibear9, posted on September 2, 2015

Lovely practice and so unique!

katepotter, posted on September 7, 2015

Stay tuned for more sequences!

ggoode, posted on September 2, 2015

Loved this class and the steady building of the vinyasa. It would be great as a full hour+ practice too.

katepotter, posted on September 7, 2015

You could try all 4 of the Gates as one long practice. Exuberance is only one GATE, and perhaps 3 in the series really. see them as entirely connected and yet entirely independent practices. Innocence, Exuberance and Reverence could be thrown into the mix as long as it did not tire you. Those 3 practices are coming soon if you have not seen them yet.

Best
Kate

katepotter, posted on September 7, 2015

Well you are a great spark then are you not?

EeeGee, posted on September 1, 2015

I'm not going to lie - at more than one point, as I was lost in the revolved triangle sequence, I thought to myself "this is ridiculous, I can't do this!", but I stuck with it (ah, perseverance!) and made it through to the MOST delightful and relaxing savasana + meditation. This class uses a very unique repeated choreography which challenged me, but towards the end of the class I felt like I *almost* had it down. I enjoyed the repeated crow postures and timing which gave me no chance to doubt my ability to do it. Thanks for stretching my mind and body, Kate. I would love to know more about the breath/body sequence that is used at the beginning of each cycle - what is the purpose of touching behind the neck?

katepotter, posted on September 1, 2015

Dear Perseverance! Thanks for your post. You can imagine how Alice felt . She has been a student of mine for 20 years and she is over 70 years old. She was giving me the eyes rolling back when I showed her the sequence, but I begged her to hang in there and I love her for it. I just know that there are so many ways to move and every bit of choreography I do must have change and chance, movement with flow, trust in the breath, so the hands back over the head is way of 'popping' that inhale , and prepping the exhale if you will. All the best to you.

Apanakhi, posted on September 1, 2015

I love the movement--the vinyassas--the transitions matching body positions to breath. And I am comforted by your voice, Kate. Thank you. You don't give me time to remember that I cannot do a crow position, so I find myself doing it on my way to the next one. What was the mudra that you made during the breath-body link? And who are your students. I was inspired by the woman to your right, because she is my age and yet did everything with strength and grace. Thank you for a wonderful practice!

katepotter, posted on September 1, 2015

Thanks for your post. Yes! yes yes. Good on you and keep up your practice.

KristinM_2, posted on August 31, 2015

This practice is a really interesting approach to vinyasa, arm balances and mind-body connectedness. I very much enjoy Kate's choreography, which is unlike any other teacher's I've encountered.

katepotter, posted on September 1, 2015

Terrific of you to say so. I love to be the odd one out when it comes to choreography!

ldmajer, posted on August 31, 2015

Love Kate Potter - so nice to see a new practice from Kate. More please!

katepotter, posted on September 1, 2015

I thank you for this post. Blessings to you.

SuzannaB@Gaia, posted on September 1, 2015

We're happy to hear you enjoyed the practice.

SuzannaB@GTV

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