<< Budig has been a cover girl for Yoga Journal, Yoga
International, Om Yoga and Common Ground. Featured on E! Entertainment, The Food Network, Shape
and the New York Times. Her Yoga and food stories
have been published in Women’s Health Magazine, The
Huffington Post, Yoga Journal, and Mind Body Green.
Now 29, Budig has been teaching for eight years.
In addition to regular classes, workshops and a weekly
online class at Yogaglo.com, the ToeSox brand rep and
Pangea Organics ambassador is the co-founder of the
nonprofit; Poses for Paws and has just released her debut DVD with Gaiam titled Aim True Yoga.
“I started teaching Yoga when I was 18. My practice has blossomed into a much bigger arena; it’s not so
much about conquering postures anymore but the ability to have an asana practice, and practice Yoga when
I’m walking my dog or talking to my mother or with
my boyfriend. It’s become that Yoga is in everything
not just when I’m on my mat,” she says.
Fueled by the inertia of her efforts Budig is on a roll;
“lots of love,” she says about her highest aspiration;
“the ability to give it and receive it. I can find the silver
lining and lightheartedness in anything.”
Aim True is a journey inspired by her own personal
flow; “My whole approach is accessibility. The DVD is
colorful and playful. I want people to pick it up and
go, ‘oh fun,’ and take it home and do it.”
Aim True includes a beginners practice, intermedi-
ate authentic flow practice, five favorite poses work-
shop plus an intense abdominal series and a core prac-
tice download. She describes its intended impact as a
shift in consciousness. “Aim True is a shift of attitude.
I line up poses that are challenging but accessible be-
cause I want people to feel strong and confident in
“I’m a woman and I have insecurities just like other
women. Even if I have a little more of a assion handle
(Kathryn’s veson of love handles), because I like cook-
ies, a lot, I’m more accepting of my body and I’ve
reached a point where I don’t need to have a certain
aesthetic with ripped abs, I don’t have to be a certain
way, I just have to feel good. And if I know I’m being
healthy and I’m taking care of myself and I’m living my
life and I’m happy, I feel beautiful. That’s where my
practice has taken me.”
Budig wants Aim True to wake people up into grati-
tude, giving them the opportunity to reassess how they
live; “I want them to roll out of bed thinking about all
the things that are important to them instead of the to-
do list that they’re afraid of tackling.”
“Yoga is about expression and laughter and fun,
playfulness and love. A strong practitioner combines
those elements. There’s a lot of discipline and discipline
is fantastic – It is part of Yoga – but how can you be
disciplined and strong and laugh and smile at the same
Budig identifies that the purpose of Yoga is to ac-
quire sama: balance and equanimity.
“Isn’t that what we’re all doing, figuring out balance?
Balancing being happy with being sad, joy with sorrow
– it is all dualities; the ability to realize that you can’t
shine unless you know what you’re like in the shadow.
It’s balance. Equanimity is a powerful word. It’s life.
Straight up, balance is the journey. Good and bad, up
and down. I don’t think we ever hit a solid point. You
do the dance and you learn how to do it well.”
Among those dancing with Kathryn Budig is singer
songwriter Melissa Etheridge; "Kathryn's yoga rocks...
she helped me be in the best shape I can for the rigorous
touring I love to do."