We had the good fortune of connecting with Kate Laviolette and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kate, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
Starting my own business was my own decision to lead a limitless life. I wanted to treat others and be treated as more than just a paycheck or textbook patient and I felt called for people to have a safe space to explore themselves and be accepted exactly as they are to examine their unique strengths, weaknesses, traumas, patterns, avoidances, attachments, and desires for healing, growth, and helping them to live limitlessly too. The thought processes mulled around my corporate wellness, collegiate, and small studio experiences as well as the skills I felt worked well together and the work-life balance I ultimately wanted to have. And in the end…it came down to how I could live, teach, coach, inspire, travel, and thrive in a life, culture, and professional environment that treats people like the beautiful, unique, and inspiring people they are while encouraging a sustainable and empowered lifestyle.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
Live Beyond Limit stands out as an eclectic gateway to holistic, sustainable, and true soul-living…which is what I refer to as feeling, being, and enjoying being embodied, empowered, and engaged in life. We stand apart the most for integrating aerial and wellness offerings to create a more holistic culture and inclusive community as the true heart of everything we do is to teach and empower our community to learn more about how to take care of themselves, how limitless their ability to thrive is, and how to be sustainable in how they move, play, explore, recover, heal, and become more of themselves each day. The aerial arts add a dynamic application that helps people overcome fears, traumas, and doubts all while learning how to express themselves with movement, communicate clearly, engage in community, be supportive of their bodies and minds, and learn how to prepare to be successful. Unlike most aerial studios, we really engage our participants to explore the holistic side of yoga, cross training, energetics, coaching, nutrition, and life-hacks to get their heart and mind on the same page through our in person and online offerings. Our coaching programs have the ability to tap into individual preferences to holistically overcome create a lifestyle that helps overcome personal obstacles to establish joyful living and a limitless mindset. We teach our community how to create a lifestyle that they can thrive within and that supports, addresses, or helps prevent any chronic health concerns like hormonal imbalances, chronic pain, digestive imbalances, PMS, anxiety, depression, PTSD, PCOS, cancer support, weight loss or gain, and others to begin to tap into the body’s natural capacity to heal, rebalance, and start to feel really great. Building Live Beyond Limit has been a maze of challenges, obstacles, growth, and opportunity and I’m grateful for each step along the way even though they haven’t all been easy. The last year especially hit hard because I was in an accident resulting in brain and spinal injuries just before the pandemic temporarily shut the business down and made us all take a giant pivot in how things are done, so I find myself blessed and grateful to have already established the philosophy and community of Live Beyond Limit to help make it through the challenges. It required me to look at my own self-care and boundaries on a whole new level to keep the community strong and it has reignite my passion for helping people like myself reclaim and advocate for their health and healing. When I’m in a darker place, I literally make myself go over the beliefs that led to the business that helped create such an amazing community to pull myself back up. I take classes from my amazing team, I dive into the challenge of learning new skills, and while it took me longer than I’d like to admit….I now ask for help from my team and the greater holistic and business community. This is probably what I’m most excited about moving forward….to be online and working with our local community in new ways while opening everyone up to engage and be inspired by the ability to connect, practice, and grow together in different time zones so we can help more individuals tap into the Limitless lifestyle and start really loving and living life. The Live Beyond Limit brand is founded on overcoming the limitations of our traditional education and attitudes around self-care and convenience so people can reconnect to themselves and understand the WHY behind the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual challenges that arise. To Live Beyond Limit as a brand and service really inspires us to listen to our bodies, minds, and spirits so that we can integrate the experiences, heal what needs healing, let go of what has become maladaptive, and decide to choose to grow in a way that allows others to do the same. Our teachers practice the philosophy in their own lives and in classes. We’re not perfect and we want you to show up just as your are so we can work together to grow beyond the limits that keep you from thriving and reaching your health and lifestyle goals.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
If I had a week to hang with one of my best friends, we’d hope for the best weather so they could do some aerial outside, take a hike up in the foothills, and could break our the paddle boards on one of the Reservoirs for some SUP Yoga and leisurely floating fun. But as far as other activities… I believe we’d have to explore the botanical gardens, the Museum of Nature and Science, and of course we would pop up to Fort Collins to play at my studio, Live Beyond Limit, for indoor aerial shenanigans, some energy work, local art, and maybe a sound bath! On the way back to Denver, I’d have us pop by one of my favorite rock shops, Blue Stone in Loveland, for fabulous finds and great people. We’d dine in most days, because I love to cook healthy and amazing meals, but I think they’d love the food and vibe at Honey Hill Cafe and Lucky Noodle and we’d pop over to Blush and Blu for lovely drinks and a fun event! This trip would DEFINITELY include tickets for the Clocktower Cabaret for a fabulous aerial show to support my fabric teacher and friend Drake, and the other awesome CO artists while being delightfully entertained. If this is a summer visit, we’d also hope for a great show at Red Rocks for an amazing life experience that everyone must have at least once in their lives.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Honestly, I wouldn’t be here today if I didn’t come from a family that encouraged me to take opportunities and be resilient enough to follow my own path. The biggest professional shoutouts I have are for Kelly Charles for introducing me to yoga in college at William & Mary and for Dr. Stuart Oglesby, an amazing neuromuscular dentist I met around the same time. Prior to their influences, I had so many doctors write my symptoms off as being something I would have to just deal with and take medication for indefinitely because ultimately they didn’t know why anything was happening. Being introduced to yoga by Kelly taught me how to manage nervous system, my sense of self, my focus, and ultimately gave me my presence and ultimately opened me to my life’s true purpose in my then, very lost feeling life. Dr. Oglesby’s influence reminded me that opportunities are all around when we’re open to receiving them. He randomly happened to be at the same graduation party of a common friend and stopped me after hearing my struggles. His conversation literally changed my entire life. Working with him holistically and clinically enabled me start looking at myself, my symptoms, and my life as an integrated whole and showed me a much needed and empowered contrast to my previous experiences asking for help. I would not be the person, practitioner, or business owner I am today if I wasn’t so moved, inspired, and empowered by these three pillars of guidance in my life. For that, I’ll truly always be grateful.