Kenzie is a curiosity-driven yogi, artist, and traveler, passionate about fostering vitality by holding space for students to connect with their inner selves. She knows yoga to be a transformational healing practice and aims to use it to empower others to find their light and live with authenticity.
What do you love about Yoga?
I love that it is a tool to awaken your higher self. There are a lot of notions floating around about what yoga is and isn’t, particularly in the West, but I have come to understand it as a method to perceive and interact with the world in order to feel truly aligned and fulfilled.
Why did you decide to become a yoga teacher?
My original intention to undergo the 200 hour training was part of a personal healing journey that I felt called to. The certification at the end was a nice bonus, but not necessarily what I was after. However, after teaching my first yoga class during my training, I realized that it was such a special gift to be able to hold space for someone else along their own healing journey. Knowing how much yoga had an impact on my life, I see it as a sense of responsibility to pay it forward. I also hope to help lower the barriers to entry to yoga and destigmatize the many reasons that keep people from trying it. Whether it be on the mat or in conversation, I want to broaden our definition of “yoga” and empower others to connect with their inner selves through breath.
How has yoga helped you in your healing journey?
For much of my teenage/young adult life I have struggled with various forms of eating disorders. I was heavily involve in athletics through high school and college, so I was trained to override pain signals and defiantly not listen to my body. Yoga was the one place where the instructor would insist I listen to my body, not silence it out of sheer will power. Ultimately, I got to a dark enough place where I had no choice but to heal from within. I could no longer treat mind and body as separate, but had to understand their place of union. What I didn’t quite realize then but now see as crucially invaluable, is unlocking the third element of Spirit and allowing Spirit to call the shots.
Kenzie Teaches Vinyasa on Wednesday mornings at 630 am.