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Kelsey Fooks

How did you begin your yoga practice?
In 2014, a friend of mine invited me to take a class at Soul to try it out. I instantly fell in love! The happy, blissful feeling I had after class I didn't want to lose, so since then my practice began. It felt like something just clicked for me. I have been practicing off and on since then, but I have become more consistent with my practice within the last year.

Why do you practice yoga?
I practice to heal myself in more ways than one - mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually. Even after 5 minutes of Sun Salutations, I instantly feel lighter. Its something that can be practiced anywhere, at any time of the day and can help you feel better or see things in a different perspective if you just take the time to slow down and reconnect. In 2013, I had a skateboarding accident and severely dislocated my shoulder. After taking time to recover, I began practicing yoga to heal. It has helped me regain my strength and mobility more than anything, and continues to do so.

Where did you receive your training? When were you certified?
I attended Dimitra Yoga Studio in Lewes, DE (she has 2 locations - in Lewes and in Rehoboth, we met at both during our training.) I officially became a Vinyasa yoga instructor April 1, 2017.

Why do you teach yoga?
I teach because I want to share the beauty of yoga with others, I want to be able to bring that blissful feeling I experienced to someone after their first class. I want to pass on the knowledge I have gained from the long hours of studying and classes where we practiced Sun A over and over until we didn't need the book anymore. I want to be able to offer poses for someone to practice to help them heal their ailment. I want to be able to inspire others to start their own journey through yoga. Taking a teacher training was one of the best experiences I have ever done, in all honesty. It was a life changing experience and I would recommend it to anyone who wants to teach to others or who would like to deepen their knowledge of their own pratice. It helped me to be able to connect to others on a deeper level, helped me get a better understanding of the poses, and opened my eyes to seeing things in a different perspective. My heart felt so full being able to share that experience with the others in my class, and being able to connect with them all through yoga.

What else do you do with your time?
When I'm not teaching or in class, I work full-time at South Moon Under in the Distribution Center here in Salisbury, MD. In my free time, I enjoy being outside gardening, walking the dogs on our family farm, spending quality time with my boyfriend and my wonderful family, and enjoying the simple things in life.

What is your favorite yoga pose and why?
I can't choose just one! My top favorites I'd have to say are Warrior 2 (even though I love all the Warrior poses and their stories) and Crow. I love Warrior 2 because it requires a sense of strength and balance, feeling like the perfect harmony in a pose. It gives you the sense of feeling strong like a Warrior yet a gentle softness in the body when you find your balance. I love Crow because it is so fun to get into and you can transition into so many different poses! It's also a lot of fun to teach to others because I can remember how excited I felt when I finally got into it and found that lift. That's always a fun feeling to share with someone. I also love the focus and balance you need to get the lift in Crow, it's just enough effort and ease.

How would you describe your classes?
I always like to start class with calm, breathing exercises to set the tone for the practice. I try to keep a variety in the sequence itself, working towards a pose that may be a little challenging for some or could be something you've never tried before. I like to keep it light and always remind my students to not take everything so serious, we are not perfect and we don't have to be. And of course, I always try to save time for a relaxing Savasana at the end to really feel the reward of the practice.

Is there anything else you'd like to tell your students?
I appreciate each and every one of you who attends my classes, it means so much to me! I never thought I'd be doing something so rewarding as this. Each class always helps me to learn something new and I hope you leave class learning something from me as well. Every class is a new experience, and I hope you get to enjoy the journey with me as I continue to learn and grow myself! Namaste!