Keely’s passion and commitment to the practice of Yoga, guides students towards a mind body awareness that creates space for a student’s authentic experience on the mat. A movement artist from the very beginning, she danced from her early childhood, through college and trained Capoeira intensively for several years following. After years of dancing on the stage and traveling internationally to acquire her next belt in Capoeira, she turned to yoga and meditation to give her body restoration and replenishment. Having taken yoga classes here and there over the years, she decided to dedicate herself to the art of asana. In 2008 Keely received her 200 hour RYT from Moksha Yoga Chicago under Daren Freisen and did the 200 hour Teacher Training and Mentorship Program at Tejas Yoga in 2011. She has had the pleasure of studying and being influenced by teachers Kim Wilcox, Seane Corn, Tias Little, Gabriel Halpern, and others. She is forever indebted and honored to be able to study intensively under her mentors (and friends) Jim Bennitt and James Tennant, following in the tradition of Tantric Hatha yoga and claiming Tejas Yoga Studio as her home base.
Keely received her Masters in Social Service Administration (MSW) from the University of Chicago in 2011. She has worked as a social worker for several nonprofit organizations in and around the Chicago for the last several years supporting the physical, mental, and emotional well-being of her clients.
In Keely’s class you can expect an intelligent sequence of poses that emphasize breath, alignment, and a comfortable challenge within each pose followed by guided breathing and meditation. She guides students to extend their experience from their yoga mat, to their lives outside the studio. Paying close attention to student’s capabilities, limitations, and intentions for the practice, Keely teaches a class that is accessible to all levels of practitioners, spiritually, physically and mentally. All of her work both in and out of the yoga studio is aimed at promoting peace and social justice to all living beings, by igniting the spiritual activist and warrior within.