Well, what would you like to know about me? I’m an open book!
Candice 'Kat' Walker-Burns
I’m a kiwi who has left a piece of my heart in every place I have visited and lived around the world. Travelling, exploring, and being active or still, amongst nature makes my heart sing. What makes your heart sing? Mountain tops, sun drenched beaches, sunrises and sunsets, magical forests, snow covered terrain, crystal clear lakes, historic cities, charming villages, cascading waterfalls, golden deserts, cobbled streets, colourful cultures, endless oceans – all of this is what my heart yearns for. The more places I visit, the longer my list gets of places I want to explore!
I also have a love for music, dancing, learning, curling up on the couch with a good book, meaningful conversations, lots of laughter, and quality time spent with family and friends. I am also known for being incredibly organised, efficient and driven.
I've always been active, mainly as a dancer for many years, but it was only in 2014 that my true passion for wellness - yoga, nutrition, health & fitness - found me. I had battled many demons over the years, including deep depression and self-hate. My journey to self-discovery includes my time as the teacher’s pet being badly bullied at school, having a difficult life at home for many years, then I found temporary happiness being a party girl with constant late nights clubbing (or should I say early mornings), hot pants, knee high boots and glow sticks! I then packed my bags and travelled the world, always looking for something to make me feel complete, loved, fulfilled, needed, happy…..
We usually have to reach a point of ultimate darkness to be ready to give ourselves up to the light. It was a gradual process for me and bit by bit the puzzle pieces came together. I have learned that happiness is an inside job. I’ve learnt to love myself to accept all lessons in life, as well giving up judgement of myself and others. I wouldn’t say that I have mastered this ability, but I have come a long way and I can now recognise harmful thoughts before they consume me. The more stillness and meditation I allow myself, and the more I listen to my thoughts and focus on remaining present in each moment, the more I can hear my intuition and be guided towards the greater good. I’ve progressed from playing the victim and being overwhelmed by drama and negativity, to asking the universe how I can serve – how can I give back?
That’s when the path I am now on opened up to me. My love for Yoga and Fitness has changed my life, as cheesy as that sounds! I am releasing fear and jumping into the unknown by starting up my own business – Explore Discover. I am a qualified yoga teacher and personal trainer and my mission is to share my knowledge and support others on their unique health & wellness journeys.
If you haven’t already figured it out, I also love to write! I better stop here before this ends up being a novel! I have plenty more to say of course, but more importantly, I want to know about you. I’m looking forward to meeting you!
* Personal Trainer & Group Fitness Instructor - Cert 3 & 4 in Fitness 2016 (PT Academy AU)
* Pre & Post-Natal Exercise CEC 2017 (Limitless Health & Fitness AU)
* Level 1 Boxing Teacher Certification 2018 (Punch Fit AU)
* Yoga Teacher - 200 hr YTT 2015 (Yoga-Me Frankston AU)
*Advanced Yoga Teacher Level 1 - 150 hr YTT (Ihana Yoga AU) - currently studying 2019
* Pre & Post-Natal & Mums n Bubs Yoga Teacher Certification 2017 (Bliss Baby AU)
* Kids & Family Yoga Teacher Certification 2018 (Rainbow Kids)
*Yoga for Seniors Teacher Certification 2018 (Australian College of Classical Yoga)
* Nutritional Therapist Diploma 2015 (Health Sciences Academy UK)
* Current First Aid Certificate - HLTAID001, 002, 003 (St Johns Ambulance AU)
* Current Working with Children's Check
* Freelance Journalism Diploma 2003 (NZ Institute of Business Studies)
"Best yoga class i have done am stronger and more flexible. I really see the difference in my abs and the flexibility in my hips has improved. Love Kat's work highly recommend. Love the small class sizes and the encouragement Kat gives." - Jo-anne Condie-Naylor
"Explore discover classes are great! You leave feeling a million dollars! Great instructor" - Steph Alderton
"I started back at yoga after a 20 odd year hiatus under Kat's tutelage. I am very impressed with her ability, knowledge and teaching skills. I am also impressed with my ability to do difficult poses as my flexibility quickly improved. It is always a fun and challenging workout" - Russell Oaten
"Being part of the yoga group that Kat taught was awesome. It took me only a few weeks to be able to keep up with the rest of the crowd. She is such an inspiration and an awesome teacher." - Mariska Grimshaw
"We love our yoga classes because Kat is a very talented and confident yoga teacher with a soft/relaxing voice." - Tatiana Kart
“If you know nothing about YOGA, and you would like to know it. Please do not wait: come and see Kat now. “ Thuy Duong