Kelsey Burke

Where are you from originally?  Milwaukee, WI (but I also call Abingdon, VA home <3)

How long have you lived in Chattanooga? I moved here in October 2016 

Tell us about your childhood: I grew up in a suburb of Milwaukee with a brother, a sister, the neighborhood kids (remember when that was a thing?), and loads of cousins. Play was a huge part of my childhood, as I spent most of my daylight hours in the backyard year-round, building sandcastles and snow forts, capturing flags, and trying to swing my way to the moon.

Do you have a nick name? Kels, KB

When were you introduced to Yoga? A little over 10 years ago, as a freshman in college, I started taking classes under the fluorescent lights of my University’s gymnasium. It wasn’t until years later that I developed a true sense for what yoga is, beyond just the physical practice.

How do yoga and the community play a role in your life? In my experience, the true practice of yoga is what happens when I leave my mat. It is the practice of embodying the lessons learned through asana, pranayama, and meditation, and allowing them to inform the way that I show up in the world- in my work, my relationships, and my teaching. Whether or not I step onto my mat, I am practicing yoga everyday.

What pose do you love the most and why? Virabhadrasana II (Warrior II), because it is at once grounding and expansive; soft yet strong; steady and stable in form, yet energetically fluid and vibrant. It embodies the true experience of the warrior: strong forward determination but with a solid connection to earth. This pose reminds me that all things divine are paradoxical, and that true power comes when we can embrace fully this truth.

What is your favorite quote? “Be teachable to the end.” -Yogarupa Rod Stryker