Kathryn Budig. She is one of a kind. Sweet. Simple. Loves food, yoga, writing and now skydiving! We became friends way back before she started jet-setting around the world teaching yoga. We would meet after her yoga class and bake muffins in the kitchen. Now Kathryn has a best-selling yoga DVD (Aim True Yoga), an inspiring book published (The Women’s Health Big Book of Yoga) and is wanted in every country around the world to teach yoga. She remains that sweet simple girl I met so many years ago. She is unaffected by her notoriety and is warm and inviting and real. If you have a chance to meet her or take a workshop with her do it! She will change your life.
Nourishment: How did you first discover yoga?
Kathryn: I dabbled in it my first years of college but fell in love with it when I took a proper class at an ashtanga studio in Charlottesville with a dance friend.
Nourishment: You have a really full travel schedule. How do you maintain a healthy diet while on the road?
Kathryn: It’s difficult! I travel with protein powders and a smoothie shaker. I also bring plenty of probiotics and supplements from my doctor to keep as balanced as possible.
Nourishment: Can you recommend a good yoga pose for jet leg?
Kathryn: Legs-up-the-wall. It’s the best. Soothing on the legs and helps me sleep when my body’s confused.
Nourishment: What would be your top 3 poses for after getting off a long flight?
Kathryn: Double Pigeon, Sun Salutations (I know that’s more than one pose but I’m going with it!!) and legs-up-the-wall.
Nourishment: What is a food you could not live without?
Kathryn: Nutritional yeast. . .obsessed.
Nourishment: What or who inspires you?
Kathryn: My students. They keep me honest and inspired to give 100%.
Nourishment: We all know airplanes are a breeding ground for germs and bacteria. How do you stay healthy and avoid sickness?
Kathryn: I travel with essential oils (orange, thieves, etc) and put them on before my flight then wrap a big scarf around my neck so I can inhale the fumes. I also neti pot quite a bit to help my sinuses on long flights.
Nourishment: After you get home from a long trip how do you unwind and re-acclimate?
Kathryn: Lots of water, melatonin to help me readjust and I try not to book anything! Free time rules.
Nourishment: Where are your favorite places you have traveled to?
Kathryn: Santorini, Queenstown, Tokyo, Paris and Sydney to name a few amazing locations 🙂
Nourishment: What is your favorite quote?
Kathryn: “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.” -Oscar Wilde
Nourishment: Favorite smoothie recipe?
Kathryn: My Green Citrus Smoothie on MindBodyGreen.com 🙂
20 green grapes
1 orange, peeled
2-3 cups raw spinach
2 thin slices of lime, one with zest
1 pinch cayenne pepper
1/2 cup ZICO Coconut Water or regular water
1 inch ginger, peeled and chopped
a few ice cubes
Place all ingredients into powerful blender and blend until smooth. Add ice and/or more water until you reach your desired consistency.
Nourishment: Can you tell us about your book?
Kathryn: I wanted to create a yoga guide that was complete and honors our lineage but is modern and accessible at the same time. It covers all of the basics along with sequences that aid jet lag to hangovers, recipes, Q&As and plenty of fun little nuggets of wisdom.
To connect with Kathryn find her at: www.kathrynbudig.com
Feature photo and top photo by Jasper Johal