Keeley O’Donnell

I started regularly practicing yoga in 2009, and what began as purely a form of physical fitness slowly evolved into a much richer endeavor, which deepened my connection to myself and my community. My yoga practice has taught me that one’s relationship to Self is what forms the roots of all other relationships. For me, yoga helps to quiet the noise, which allows me to drop in and get clear about meaning and purpose. (It all comes down to capital-L-love). Yoga encourages an opening to the fullness of the human experience as we traverse the trials and beauty life offers. This, I believe, is one of the most potent gifts yoga can offer us – that we can carry into our daily lives that which we have cultivated on our mats.

 

Outside of the studio, I am a nurse, a curious reader, nature buff, and vegetarian foodie. Originally from Iowa City, I’m gradually putting down roots in Madison and continually finding new reasons to love this city.

 

Shortly after I became acquainted with The Studio in 20I6, I was drawn by the pull of its energy and my own intuition to become a teacher myself. I completed my 200 hour training at The Studio with Alex Pfeiffer of 21st Century Yoga on the Mat in 2018. I feel immensely grateful to teach among the very teachers who inspired me to take the leap.

 

I appreciate the fluidity of flowing asanas and the quiet strength that stems from stillness. In my moderate-intensity class, you’ll find a balance between grounding, restful postures and more energizing, active poses that build physical and mental resilience. When you leave my class, I hope you feel empowered, invigorated, serene, and connected to your intuition.

 

“Yoga is not a work-out, it is a work-in. And this is the point of a spiritual practice; to make us teachable. To open up our hearts and focus our awareness so that we can know what we already know and be who we already are.”

~Rolf Gates