Kitty teaches slow flow yoga, sensual floor movement, and sensual floor dance in addition to beginner pole dance. In addition to movement instruction, she also offers spellwork, sound healing, and intuitive readings.
Preferred Pronoun: She/her/hers
Hometown: Nashville, TN
What’s one funny or random fact you’d like to share with the Body Collective Community about yourself?
I am a cat. I’m on life number 3, and I have been different people in each of them including an entertainer and bartender at Coyote Ugly.
Kitty McSparkles is an Austin-based yoga teacher, dancer, movement instructor, and practitioner of Craft. Undergraduate study in both Biology and Dance prompted further education in hatha yoga, chakra healing, and sensual movement as a tool for emotional release. Kitty is committed to making the path of wellness as accessible as possible through awareness, movement, and channeling your own personal power through ritual. Once we learn how to listen to our bodies, show up authentically without judgment, and connect with our higher self, this opens the door to facilitate your own healing.
What was your path before joining Body Collective?
My path before Body Collective was based in education. I worked in creating and supporting programming for students in higher education while engaging in sensual movement as a hobby. After moving to Austin, I began to work with yoga and movement studios as a manager and teacher. I’m delighted to be able to continue this work as a part of an organization honoring so many different healing modalities!
How did your modality aid in your own transformation? What did your transformation look like?
I was severely depressed when I dove into pole and sensual dance. My depression led to hospitalization, and when I re-emerged, pole helped me find a sense of trust in myself. When I moved to Austin, I was still in recovery, but intuitively found myself drawn to gentle yoga. I found Yoga Yoga shortly after, where I completed my 200 Hr yoga training and found various branches of yoga to support me. Meditation and yin yoga to aid in grounding me through anxiety and accepting my limitations after physical trauma. Gentle yoga (with Kewal!) to make peace with my body and meet myself without judgment. Sensual floorwork to help me to learn how to play again and find joy in my organic movement.
What brought you to Body Collective? Why did you choose to be a part of the Body Collective Team?
I was guided to Body Collective through their pop-up programming prior to Quarantine! I came to support a dear friend of mine, and I was able meet Jean and re-meet Lindsey. I love that they are honoring so many different healing modalities in one place!! My healing has come to me in the forms of dance, yoga, yoga therapy, massage, acupuncture. The feeling of safety that I felt in their programming sold it for me! I’m so glad to be apart!
What do you love most about teaching/body work (what you do)?
Watching folks find joy and safety in their bodies is my personal mission. Movement in so many ways has done that for me. I get the selfish joy of watching students enjoy the forms that have given me so much, and I love watching students back away from what they think they should do and move toward a full-body experience.
What can be expected from a class / session with you?
Encouragement to dive into your own intuitive healing while honoring yourself and releasing the need to “do things correctly.” My intention overall in the classroom is to focus on body awareness as an avenue to freedom.
What transformations do you see and help facilitate in your students?
As a former athlete, I have always loved to push myself, but I am excited to see students “do less.” What I see most is engaging with the primal parts of the self through movement, opening up to a gentler means of communication with the body, and honor themselves in the notion that Rest is Resistance.
What brings you joy when you’re not teaching?
When I am not in the classroom, I find joy in gardening, engaging in reflection through tarot, and sensual movement healing through pole dance, yoga, and floor play. And when I can, being on horseback and around as many dogs as I can.
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