As an athlete her entire life, Kait Hurley ran cross country and track competitively in high school as well as running at the Division 1 level in college. While her coach in highschool pushed her to be the best, there was a balance of staying focused while keeping it fun. But when she was in college, she realized that she was chasing perfection.
This drive to train harder, be faster and to lose weight to do better continued well after she stopped competing and thus created anxieties. As she began working in the health and wellness industry she tried foods, changed her exercises and reduced her anxiousness.
A breaking point after a series of anxiety attacks led her to consider meditation, although she was concerned that it would make her lose her edge and drive. She realized that by embracing this method she felt more steady and was better at responding to stress.
Even with the benefits of this practice, she still dreaded doing it and felt that after working long hours that she didn't want to choose between working out and meditating.
When she combined movement with meditation, she was able to start exercising and moving her body before she even meditated which let her lose the feelings of dread that she had. By harnessing the energy and endorphins created during her sweat sessions, she found that she was more patient and open to the experience of sitting, thus enjoying the practice. It was understanding this element that led her to launch Move & Meditate Method.
Kait and her husband Peter launched the KAIT app in November. It's the first app to fuse a variety of exercise styles with meditation. KAIT offers a wide ray of audio and video classes on the go to boost your energy, uncover your inner strength, and develop a more resilient body and mind. All classes focus on helping you be more present in your body and in the moment. Movement sessions are set to pumping music and include everything from high intensity sweat fests to audio-only-running workouts to grounded yoga flows to restorative, chill options if your body needs a break. Every class ends with a short, guided meditation to help you train your attention and refine your ability to work more skillfully with the energies of the heart and mind.
With KAIT, you can get your workout and meditation done in as little as 20 minutes. Most classes do not require any other props than a yoga mat or an optional set of 2-pound weights. Classes are available for download for offline functionality when you’re looking to fully disconnect and can be streamed to your TV via for the best visual experience.
KAIT offers a variety of guided programs to stay consistent and deepen your practice. With the app’s scheduling capability, you can pencil workouts into your calendar for up to two weeks, so you know exactly when you can make time for yourself. To optimize follow through, KAIT sends friendly follow up reminders and tips to get the best results. New classes are added on a monthly basis. Feedback from subscribers is appreciated as they received requests for a prenatal Move + Meditate class, so Kait teamed up with her friend Arianna Maag to make it available and it’s become one of the most popular classes!
Last summer, Move & Meditate Method partnered with Andrea Mason from Abhinaya to co-lead the brand's first retreat last summer in Bali. They will do it again in April 5th - 10th in 2019 (there are a few spots left so DM them to snag a spot).
In addition to the app and retreat, the method has partnered with nonprofits and organizations who are fighting racial and social justice. Due to their work to dismantle white supremacy and to make a safer world, those who do this work can feel burned out due to the emotional labor they extend. By providing this service to them, they can take better care of themselves and can continue making an impact.
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