Katie Flinn, Owner of COIL Yoga is a fearless mother, wife to her soul mate and a daughter to the “best mom ever.” Katie believes we strive to find peace in our days, contentment in our bodies, and satisfaction with the work we do in the world to make a difference. When she’s not doing Yoga or teaching, she loves to be in nature, read, create, dance, help friends, connect people to people and travel. “This season of life I am in will some day pass, and the fire I have for life, learning and connecting to others will keep me moving towards anything that lights that spark.” Namaste, Katie
Tell Us a little about yourself, your business, how you sweat and what you do when you’re not
Owning COIL is like having a teenager in my life. She is one of my top priorities next to my own human family. When I am not in business owner mode I love to practice Yoga, run, be outside, read, and snuggle with my kids until they won’t let me anymore! I love to support and help my friends and family and be of service for healing to whomever I know needs that support in their life.
Her success is mine and her failures are my building blocks. Evolution comes with great joy and also great sacrifice.
Tell us the story of how you got started. How has it evolved?
I started COIL Yoga when I was 25 and opened my doors to my first studio on April 1, 2002 when I was 26 years old. I was working a regular job and teaching Yoga and fitness on the side for many years. When I realized that I wanted to open my own studio, I took a huge leap of faith and followed my gut feeling about what I needed to do for a career. It has been a blessing, a struggle at times but overall the most fulfilling job I have ever had.
The evolution of COIL is due to the students, teachers and employees and how they have helped me raise her for the past 17 years. Her evolution is my evolution. Her success is mine and her failures are my building blocks. Evolution comes with great joy and also great sacrifice. I didn’t know this going into owning a business but I do now and it is a lesson I value greatly. Hard work pays off but not always in the way you think it will.
What changes have you made personally to excel in this?
I have had to get better at all the things I was “not good at.” I have seen them as ways I need to stretch myself to become more well rounded as a person, mom, Yoga teacher and business owner.
I am the same person on and off my mat as a teacher and I have learned that I love that person and she doesn’t have to spare one side to show the other.
I have taken the practices of Yoga to heart in my daily life and use the ethical precepts to help me navigate my place in the world. I am the same person on and off my mat as a teacher and I have learned that I love that person and she doesn’t have to spare one side to show the other.
How do you balance it with the rest of your life?
This is my weakest area. I love what I do so much it tends to take over my priorities at times.
My health, kids and family are first but there is not a day that goes by that I don’t have some part of COIL
on my mind. She really is like a child to me sometimes. Out of sight but never out of mind.
I do exercise, meditate, walk my dogs and play with my kids every day to keep my life balance and that makes a huge
difference in the quality of my life. I could use more dates with my amazing husband for sure!
What is your healthy living philosophy?
Trust your internal GPS or as I say your “Gut Patrol System.” It will always lead you in the direction you are supposed to go, right or wrong there is always more than one way.
What’s next for you personally? What’s next for COIL?
My wonderful husband Jason and I are currently building a beautiful home in the foothills. I will have a Yoga space there that I will open to small groups and private clients in addition to the main studio in town. I am ready to drop into a slower pace of life and be in nature more.
COIL is still growing strong and offering a wide variety of Yoga to serve every population that is interested in exploring the magic of this journey.
What makes COIL unique?
We have a lot of experienced teachers that have been teaching a long time and have had a lot of training in so many facets of Yoga. Our teachers are seasoned and really know how to connect with people and lead inspiring and unique practices that will serve them for a life time. COIL has something to offer everyone.
What advice do you have for someone wanting try this for the first time?
You don’t have to be flexible to do Yoga, you just have to have a willingness to learn and try something that will spark joy, curiosity, and interest in how you live in your body. It will bring you more than you could have imagined and change your body from the inside out. Yoga is a work in, not JUST a work out.
Tell us about the COIL Yoga name.
C O I L- Is an acronym for Conscious, Open, Integrated, Living…
This represents the foundation of my personal philosophy on Yoga and why I offer this practice to my students and provide a space in our community.
When you look at the logo, you will see that the very center of the COIL is actually the root of the sacrum. This is the first bone that forms in our bodies when we are in the womb. The sacrum is the beginning of forming the amazing structure of our spine, without it we would not survive. Maintaining this vital cord is of supreme importance to our quality of life.
As we journey through our human experience we are in constant process and evolution in every way possible. Our yoga journey can provide a safe container to explore, navigate and understand this important relationship we have with our mind, body and soul.
Becoming more CONSCIOUS is a byproduct of a regular Yoga practice. When we spend time in our bodies, contemplating sensation, feeling into our thoughts, exposing our weaknesses and strengths we gain a more clear perspective on every layer of our being. This added CONSCIOUSNESS creates waves in the old patterns and ways in which we have tended to the garden of our mind, body, heart and soul. Once we make changes in those patterns we begin to OPEN gradually. Our awareness from the physical practice brings us back to this feeling of being at “home in our bodies” and reconnected with our more innate nature. Ideally, we begin to respect and support these openings and we naturally feel more inclined to maintain and INTEGRATE them into the fabric of our daily LIVES.
This is essentially the deeper meaning of what COIL Yoga is about. Taking the unconscious from of our bodies, thoughts, mental patterns and then shifting them in a dramatic way that makes room for change, growth, opening and an overall renewed experience of being present in one’s life.
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