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Kat Seltzer Bettger is a dedicated student of yoga, meditation, and wisdom found in creation. For the past 13 years as a yoga teacher, Kat has sought to increase her understanding of what it means to live a full, joyful, real, and impactful life. She brings with her a deep love for community, and a desire for depth and beauty that comes from truth.
Throughout her life, Kat as traveled and collected knowledge from all over the world. As a child, her earliest memories include the ethereal sound of the call to prayer in Saudi Arabia, the regality of the streets and parks of London, the smells of the bakeries in Paris, and the sensation of sun and salt water on her skin in Southern California. Kat grew up in California then her family moved to Oregon. Kat attended UC Davis before working for the US State Department in West Africa and Germany.
Just after 9/11, her mother died suddenly. This planted the seed to show up fully for her life in ways she had not yet done. She began to notice where her life was mis-alignment and set out to make drastic change. She began to practice yoga. After several years of study, her teacher encouraged her to enroll in yoga teacher training. She began teaching yoga full time shortly after her certification. In 2007, she moved home to Oregon and founded Mandala Yoga Community in 2008. There she cultivated a space to experience the joy of yoga and community daily. She also met her husband Nate on the day she signed the lease; inseparable from the moment they met, they worked together to build love and community in Bend OR. In 2010, they got married then pregnant with their first child. Brendan Arthur's birth was life-changing in so many ways - ways they could have never foreseen. Kat developed a form of congestive heart failure that adversely affected her ability to breathe and this forced her to once again notice how she was showing up in her life. This is when the seeds of deeply nourishing self care were planted. She received care from every angle: physical, emotional, mental, spiritual. It was through her community that she found healing - both in act and through relationship.
Nate and Kat decided that is was right to consider a different path without the stresses and responsibilities of owning a dynamic business. Nate studied at Bethel University and Bethel Seminary in St. Paul, MN and he applied for Chaplaincy Residency in Portland OR. Nate was accepted to the prestigious program at Legacy Emanual and Randall Children's Hospital in downtown Portland. In the middle of residency, Kat gave birth to Owen Raine. She experienced postpartum depression and again dove deeply into self care and reflection. Kat, Nate and the boys plus the dog moved back to Bend temporarily before Nate was offered a job at Mercy Hospital in Oshkosh.
Transition to the midwest wasn't easy. But Kat appreciates the deeply rooted and solid soul of the Midwest and the kindness, respect and commitment of the people here. The Bettgers settled down and into family life. Kat teaching yoga at the YMCA and Nate seeing and supporting patients and families at the hospital. Brendan started school and Owen played with legos and pretended to be different animals jumping around the house. Having two young children is challenging in its own right. They began to notice that Brendan wasn't moving quite like the other kids. After a fall at school, he began to work with a physical therapist on his gross motor skills. Brendan is very bright, engaging and delightful and no one noticed what Kat noticed, her gut saying something her mind did not want to hear. Kat did a google search one night and shared her fear with Nate in between deep sobs. After a blood test and a trip to a specialist, it was determined that Brendan had a servere form of muscular dystrophy called Duchenne. Everything changed. Dreams of a certain kind of future passed away and all Kat's feelings of losing her mom at age 23 came flooding in. For the next six months, the family dealt with the trauma and continued to ask the big questions.
This event was a catalyst for change. Years of study in yoga, meditation, and spirituality prepared Kat for the high assignment of living life with a challenging future. Deep anguish was felt and Kat, Nate, their family and friends grieved. The questions she began to ask were: How am I going to show up for this? How am I going to give Brendan, and Owen, the best life? How are we going to handle this? Yoga, meditation, acupuncture, essentials oils and relationships saved her life.
There is magic in deeply nourishing one's self and others in times of sorrow and celebration. This is a short life - a precious life. Our time and our health are so valuable because we truly can't buy them. Kat is gifted with the understanding that every moment is precious. This understanding isn't perfect, but she is willing to show up and give of her self. S knows that she is always evolving, learning, and changing and she commits herself to the journey every day.