Thursday, April 18, 2024

Local Swimming Champ Dives into Yoga

Anyone who swims with masters’ swimming groups in Boca Raton has probably admired Katherine Karageorges Sharp. She’s the lean, tall, stunning and fast swimmer, who effortlessly glides down the lane. Years ago, when I swam for exercise, I’d watch helplessly as Sharp lapped me. I’d put on fins to keep up but still wasn’t fast enough.

At 55, Sharp has amassed six national swimming records. In July 2013, while competing at the National Senior Games at Cleveland State University, the Boca Raton resident set four national records and swam three personal bests. Among the events in which Sharp took home the gold: the 200-yard, 100-yard and 50-yard freestyle races. Age doesn’t seem to make Sharp slower. She improved her swim times since last competing in the National Senior Games in 2011.

But Sharp’s fitness achievements go beyond swimming. A credentialed Pilates instructor and certified personal trainer, Sharp is also a long-time yoga enthusiast and trained instructor. Sharp tells The Fit Life that she recently retired from her career as a pharmaceutical rep and plans to spend more time teaching and helping others achieve their personal fitness goals. Yoga, she says, allows her to focus on being present in her own life.

“We live in a fast-paced world, where multitasking on the phone, computer, iPad while having lunch with a friend or colleague seems normal,” she says. “Even watching TV, which was considered by some to be mindless, now includes eating, surfing the web, etc. We miss a lot of life. We miss the moments [that] ground us in our memories.”

Sharp cites the example of when her dad was sick. While with him, she says, Sharp would make every effort to be 100 percent present—not looking at her phone or other distractions.

“I remember our conversations and the feelings from those conversations, clearly,” she says. “I would not have that lasting gift had I been multitasking while spending time with him.”

Sharp has the opportunity to share that philosophy at the new Yoga with Kathi, a weekly Vinyasa class starting Friday, Nov. 14, at Loibel Dance Studio (183 W. Camino Real, Boca Raton). She also teaches Vinyasa yoga at Michael’s Body Scenes (5994 S.W. 18th St., Boca Raton) Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., and a yin yoga class on Fridays at 4:30 p.m. at the Athletic Factor (2301 W. Sample Road, Pompano Beach).

“There is so much more to yoga than the physical practice,” she says. “The physical practice is only one of the eight Limbs of yoga. Yoga is a lifelong journey, and I want to share the benefits and the journey with others. And every person’s yoga practice – just like every person’s life – is different. I want each person to let yoga serve them, wherever they are in their journey.”

For more information about the new Yoga with Kathi class, call 954/993-5648 or email rosabel@loibeldancestudio.com.

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About Lisette

Lisette Hilton, president of Words Come Alive, has had the luxury of reporting on health, fitness and other hot topics for more than 23 years. The longtime Boca Raton resident, University of Florida graduate and fitness buff writes for local, regional and national publications and websites. Find out more on wordscomealive.com.

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