COMMUNITY & RESOURCES FOR NEW & EXPECTING MAMAS!
Meet Om Mama Collective member, Kat Williams, of PROnatal – Pilates Mat & Apparatus Certified Instructor, Childbirth Educator, Postpartum Doula and Pre+PostNatal Fitness Instructor.
I’ve been in the Seattle area for a little over a year. I’m originally from the DC area but spent the last 9 years in New York City. I graduated from Juilliard in Dance and performed professionally for one year before facing a career-ending injury. Through my injury, I found Pilates and started to teach Pilates and movement six years ago. I have been working exclusively with people on the pregnancy spectrum for two years now. I’m also a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator.
As a Pilates Instructor, I was working mostly with women who were dealing with injuries and discomfort postpartum. I decided to move to Seattle and delve more fully into working with women before pregnancy to prevent and “prehab” as many of those injuries as I could.
My friends and family mean more to me than anything. If I’m around people that I love then I’m happy. Since moving to Seattle I’ve also realized how important being in nature regularly is to me.
I am a natural community builder. I love to bring groups of people together in different parts of my life, whether that be through dinner parties, fitness classes, or hikes.
I love John Cage’s 10 Rules for Students and Teachers. Particularly Rules 1) Find a place you trust and try trusting it for a while, 6) Nothing is a mistake. There is no win or fail. There is only make, and 8) Do not try to create and analyze at the same time. They are different processes.
Accomplishing something that I was nervous about – a big hike, building a new website, moving across the country by myself and finding a new community of awesome people.
My superpower would be to expand time. Get an extra week or two for a big trip without taking time off work, or an extra hour midday for a nap I can’t quite fit in.
Definitely food. And definitely food.
Hiking! In New York, it was such a hassle to get out into nature. Since moving here I hike twice a week and have even adventured into back-camping and camping in ways my East Coast mind never could’ve imaged.
As a transplant, Seattle can be a bit hard to navigate. I have several clients that are from other places and moved here around the time they start their families. It’s hard enough to find a community as a single little lady, but it can be even harder with children. Om Mama is a way to bring together parents who are in similar stages of their life that is truly magnificent. That building of community is what speaks to me the most.