Kiva Hot Yoga director, Kate Jenkins, graduated from Bikram Teacher Training in Spring of 2009. She has taught classes at yoga studios throughout the world. She is a runner & overall fitness enthusiast. The heart and foundation of her fitness is Hot Yoga.
Kate is a native of Nashville, TN. She attended Loyola University in New Orleans and earned a bachelor’s degree in Music Therapy. She has worked as a Board Certified Music Therapist in therapeutic settings for children with physical and developmental disabilities, those with psychiatric issues, and geriatrics. Kate has made Birmingham home since 2004. She attended Bikram Yoga Teacher Training in 2009 in Palm Desert. Later, she attended Bernie Clark’s Yin Yoga Teacher Training in Vancouver in 2014, Vinyasa Yoga for At-Risk Youth Training in Vancouver in 2015, Buti Yoga Certification in 2016, Pyro Pilates in 2018 and Barkan Method Level III training from 2018- 2019 where she received her 500 RYT designation. She completed her Certificate of Ministry from Highlands College in 2020. She is a member of Church of the Highlands and enjoys leading small groups there.
Kate maintains a strong connection to her Indian reservation – Cochiti Pueblo, New Mexico. The tradition and ceremony of her culture means the world to her. “Our people have maintained and celebrated tradition that is ancient. It makes me appreciate the lineage and purity of this Yoga. It consistently creates a challenge to give the practitioner what they NEED.” Kate founded the non-profit, Native Strength Revolution. She leads a leadership training program to equip Indigenous and those serving Indigenous people to lead yoga and wellness in their communities.