Barefoot Yoga’s Inspiring Teacher of the Month:
Kathy McNames

Posted by Barefoot Yoga on November 11, 2013

Our teacher for the month of November is Kathy McNames. Kathy is the founder, owner, and director of Yoga Vermont in Burlington, Vermont.

Kathy McNames

Kathy began studying yoga in California with Analisa Cunningham in 1983, and continued her studies after moving to Vermont in 1988. Her first experience with astanga was at Omega Institute in 1995, at a workshop with Beryl Bender Birch and Thom Birch. She has been a student of Beryl’s to the present day and has continued her study of astanga with various astanga teachers.

Currently she describes her teaching as “half the ashtanga traditional route, and half ‘see what happens.’” She very naturally balances her classes in this way, passing on her reverence to the ancient practice, while creating great spaces for her students to create and explore.

Kathy’s passion is always evident, whether pointing out yoga’s relevance in daily areas of life, or applying firm adjustments using hands, feet, body and soul. She gives you everything she has, and it makes her classes memorable.

Kathy is one of the most beloved and well-known teachers in the Northeast and travels extensively with her husband and son, bringing Yoga Vermont to lucky students everywhere. Visit Kathy at or by email at, and if you have chance, visit her on the mat.

Posted under Styles of Yoga, Yoga Studios


  1. Ammanda November 12, 2013 6:53 pm

    blessed to have just completed my 200 hour teacher training w/ Kathy. She is truly a inspiration of how to live a yogic way of life…

  2. Karen Amirault November 12, 2013 7:01 pm

    Kath was my first yoga teacher, since before my son was born 18 years ago, & she still inspires me every day.

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