#BigThingsThursday is a weekly series of short interviews with people who are doing big things for the community and for the world. If you know someone who's doing big things and should be featured, let me know: BigThings@LucyKalantari.com.
Meet Kelly Brennan: a yoga & meditation teacher with a warm and nurturing approach that inspires people to awaken genuine joy within. That was MY impression of Kelly when I met her at a kids yoga class a couple years ago. My son took to Kelly immediately, which is saying a lot, as he was barely 2 years old. Her demeanor felt playful, safe and fun. As a yoga & meditation practitioner myself, I know the endless list of benefits of having this in my life. I was able to witness Kelly's sincere desire to have everyone she meets (not just the people who take her class!) to experience these benefits for life.
Q. BIG THINGS begin with an intention, what is yours?
A. My intention is to help people of all ages connect body, mind and breath. I hope to plant seeds of awareness and share yogic tools that can be used not only on the mat, but also in daily life. Oh and I like to do all of that in a relatively fun way!
Q. How are you fulfilling this intention?
A. I teach yoga and meditation to all, from babies to seniors. A large part of my week is spent with children in schools, studios, privately in home, at the library, outdoors. Little ones learn in playful ways with the incorporation of games, stories, songs. My classes often include lots of giggles! It’s such a joy to witness how yoga can help with focus, relaxation, confidence, self-regulation and more, across all age groups.
I’m also very aware of the energy I bring to my classes and try to lead by example. I keep up my own practices so that I can be a present and patient teacher and radiate love and joy.
Q. What barriers have you encountered, and how have you dealt with them?
A. Obstacles have come in the form of injuries, competition, doors closing, trying to find my authentic voice as a teacher, and figuring out ways to best reach certain students. Teaching is a practice, just like yoga, and there are always opportunities to learn and grow.
Ultimately I believe that if you feel aligned with your purpose and are taking steps that feel good in your heart, life will support you on your journey.
Extra: Share a favorite quote that keeps you motivated.
"I wish that I could show you when you are lonely or in darkness, the astonishing light of your own being." -Hafiz
This, my friends, is someone who found her voice and is using it to the fullest! It's a beautiful thing. THANK YOU Kelly for sharing it with the rest of us.
For more information on Kelly Brennan, visit www.kellybrennanyoga.com.