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Conversations with the Inspiring Katie Paisley

Today we’d like to introduce you to Katie Paisley.

Katie, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I studied to become a civil engineer and have worked in this field since 2005. During my time “in the office”, I found myself practicing yoga more and more on a regular basis. Over time, I went from new yogi to yoga enthusiast. Sitting at the office, while rewarding professionally was not rewarding physically or spiritually. Yoga fed the need to move the body and reset the mind. In 2012, a career shift created a space for internal reflection and prioritization. I was now able to work on the projects I wanted to work on and move in the direction I wanted to move. In 2017, I completed my yoga certification for Integrative Vinyasa Flow to make my dreams a reality. I currently split my time as a contract engineer and yoga instructor. Yoga has helped to keep a youthful optimism regarding all aspects of life. We manifest our own destiny!

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
There have been a few bumps in the road, but overall, it has been a smooth experience. The bumpy parts have been when I was asked to teach yoga at different spaces (gym, studio, etc.) and then, this does not come through. For one reason or another, the owner decides to pass on yoga (or you!). I’ve also turned down opportunities that would cost me more money than I could make. This comes with any industry or profession. I also interviewed with several engineering firms years ago and was turned down. The right place at the right time will bring you into their group.

However, I have a lot of opportunities to teach. When I received my certification, I told EVERYONE about it. I even told our babysitter! She was the one that hooked me up at Atlanta Financial Center Athletic Club & Spa. Now, I have a permanent class there every Friday. This past summer, the Athletic Club came under new management – Corporate Sports Unlimited. I have been able to teach at multiple athletic clubs around Atlanta as a sub with potential for permanent classes. I’ve added mat Pilates certification at the request of Corporate Sports Unlimited. It means a lot to me when my employer wants to help me grow and sees the potential.

Advice: Show up, do your job, be nice to your customers. Tell EVERYONE your goals and accomplishments. It’s not bragging if it can get you new jobs, members or clients.

Please tell us more about your work, what you are currently focused on and most proud of.
I teach yoga! I specialize in Integrative Vinyasa Flow. This type of yoga allows the instructor to be more creative with the format of the class. I can adjust the class as necessary by actively observing students. I teach Yoga Strength at Atlanta Financial Center Athletic Club & Spa. Yoga Strength blends Vinyasa Flow yoga with weights. The benefits of this class are you get the yoga flow and the body sculpt, and it attracts an audience that may not go to a Yoga class normally – MEN! The class is typically 50/50 men to women.
The brand and organization are evolving. I’m adding a restorative + gentle yoga class to my schedule this spring in Grant Park, which will be quite different than Yoga Strength. This class will be a way to unwind on Monday evenings. I teach at retreats as well including retreats for the Board of a non-profit and for our church.

For the love of yoga, that’s what makes me unique. Over ten years ago, all I wanted was to get out of my cubicle and either practice yoga or teach it. It took time, and several life changes before this happened, but I kept with it. I vividly remember the stress of corporate life and how badly it affected me. If I can just get my students to sit and breathe for a moment in time, then my job is done.

Do you have a lesson or advice you’d like to share with young women just starting out?
Some days will not be good. They may be boring or make you mad. But if you are doing what you love, if it gets you out of bed in the morning, then it’s worth it.

Show up, do your job, be nice to your customers. Tell EVERYONE your goals and accomplishments. It’s not bragging if it can get you new jobs, members or clients.


  • Yoga at the Larkin starting March 4, 2019, Mondays at 7:30 pm – Drop in $15 · Bring a friend $25 for 2 (Cash, Check, or Venmo)
  • Retreats, special occasions, or one-on-one  –  $100/hour

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Amanda Duke, Lisa Bell-Davis

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