I began studying Ballet at the age of 3 and twenty years later found my way to Pilates. Body mechanics always fascinated me. Movement and artistry always inspired me. It wasn't until 2012 that I found Yoga. Actually, Yoga found me. I had experienced a scary life altering event and my friend invited me to a yoga class. We were in camel pose and all of a sudden tears started to pour down my face. It was in that moment that I realized how powerful Yoga can be. And so my Yoga journey began. I am a student of life, a student of yoga and a mindful living enthusiast. I completed my Pilates Certification through Balanced Body and my 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training Certification through Just Be Yoga. I have a private Pilates practice downtown Walnut Creek where I teach clients how to "plug in" to their center. I am THRILLED to be a part of Just Be Yoga and the inspiring community.
I describe yoga as the umbilical chord that attaches my soul to every day life. It feeds me the nutrients that I need in order to show up and live my most authentic self. Yoga is my teacher of health. It's the thread that ties my mind, body and spirit together. The study of yoga both on and off the mat is a life long journey. The alignment that it offers me keeps my curiosity engaged in a way that no other practice has been able to do. I am a lifelong student of Yoga.
Who or What Inspires You?
Compassion, kindness, joy, fear, forgiveness, trust and faith ALL inspire me. I'm inspired by life and the feeling of being ALIVE.
Three Adjectives that describe you and your teaching style?
Loving. Fluid. Uplifting.
Where are you the most fearlessly authentic in your life?
When I am living from my heart instead of my head. When I am strumming on my Uke or moving my body in a creative way.
What is something not a lot of people know about you?
When I was a kid, I HATED waking up early. I had a bit of an attitude. ;) My Dad was brave enough to wake me up every morning by saying good morning to the trees and the birds outside my window before he would wake me up. Now, I wake up to experience the magic of 4am every day because I choose to. Thanks Dad! :)
Kelley Denison instructs the following:
Dynamic flow-based yoga. Recommended for those having a familiarity with Sun Salutations A and Sun Salutations B. Vinyasa flow is a rigorous, athletic yoga practice stemming from the ashtanga tradition. Poses are held for shorter periods of time and will link one breath with motion, creating a dynamic and fluid ‘meditation in motion.’ Expect all vinyasa classes to include sun salutations, pranayama (breath control), flow sequences, focused core work, standing balances, backbends, and hip-openers; intensity of poses will vary depending on class level and instructor. 60 minute class
Room heated to 85-88 degrees.
This dynamic class is designed to connect you to your physical body and your spiritual ethereal body. Come prepared to witness your experience in this class, because each class is different, we are guided to drop our expectations of yoga and of ourselves. These classes are a unique exploration of how yoga impacts our physical and mental forms both on and off of the yoga mat. You will leave feeling connected, strong, and inspired. Classes are done in a heated or non-heated environment depending on the teacher. Great for all levels.