Sri Desikachar designed a simple practice of gentle movement and breathing practices for Kate, which she practiced daily over the next several months as she healed. When she returned to the U.S., her doctors could not believe how well she had recovered. Soon after, her chronic headaches and chronic insomnia disappeared. Kate becameparticularly passionate about the Yoga Sutra (yoga philosophy) which had helped in many areas of her life and continued her studies of yoga with Mary Lou in the U.S. In 1993, at Mary Lou’s urging, Kate returned to India to continue her studies with Sri Desikachar.
But Mary Lou’s breast cancer recurred, and after a little more than a year in India, Kate returned to be with her in the final months of her life. Throughout the weeks with Mary Lou and her graceful way of facing the dying process and death, Kate realized how invaluable Mary Lou’s years of yoga study had been.