Kaz believes that yoga, which from the Sanskrit means to yoke, is synonymous with love and unity. For her, the concept of one love yoga is a deep and personal mantra, a way of living, of being connected, and a means for personal discovery.
Like many yoga stories, it started with a yoga class. One class turned into four classes a week after work. Then a training. Eventually a 6-day a week ashtanga practice supported by yearly trips to Mysore, India. At some point, things shifted off the mat. Before she knew it, Kaz was on a yoga odyssey, which permeated through all aspects of life.
A writer and school teacher in the Philippines, Kaz started to practice yogasana in 2006. Over the years, her path has been blessed by the opportunity to study with many inspiring senior teachers, many of whom were students of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. Since 2010, Kaz has herself been studying at KPJAYI in Mysore, India under the tutelage of Sharath Jois, the grandson of Pattabhi Jois and current director of Krishna Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute, KPJAYI. She is authorized (Level II) by him to teach ashtanga yoga and has assisted him in the shala a month in 2013, 2015 and 2016.
Kaz taught at Boracay Yoga, Philippines up until 2011. Since then, Kaz has been on the road sharing what she has learned but always continuing to be a dedicated student first, immersing herself in the study and exploration of yoga, from the philosophy that fuels the practice, to Sanskrit chants and bhajans. Over the last few of years, Kaz has been teaching and covering mysore programs in Osaka, Barcelona, Cairo and in the Philippines. She joined Mysore SF community to teach with Magnolia Zuniga in 2015. And is currently on the road again, sharing from the tradition she loves.
Having earned at degree in literature and creative writing at UC Berkeley and experimented with live spoken word performance, she also infuses poetic sensibilities into her teaching.
Kas is also a trained facilitator of Inner Dance, a healing modality and moving meditation developed in the Philippines, and of Past Life Healing, which she learned in Mysore, India.