Keely is a native Floridian who was born and raised here in Orlando. She was introduced to yoga by her mom in 1998 and immediately fell in love with the practice. Yoga felt like a natural extension of her gymnastics and dance background.
Keely discovered Bikram yoga when she moved to South Florida in 2002 which eventually led her to Jimmy Barkan's studio in Fort Lauderdale. She practiced and studied at The Barkan Method under Jimmy and his senior teachers Paige Held & Kelly Green (The Yoga Joint) and Philip Christodoulou (Anuttara Yoga Shala) until 2007. Keely returned to Orlando in 2008 and, after having her first son, was finally able to find the time to make her dream of going to teacher training happen.
Keely is certified in the Barkan Method of Hot Yoga and The Barkan Method of Hot Vinyasa and re-certifies every two years in Fort Lauderdale with her guru, Jimmy, and yogis from all over the world. She has also attended numerous trainings, workshops, and events with international yoga instructors in the industry such as Bryan Kest, Briohny Smyth, Dice Iida-Klein, Pradeep Gupta, and Paul Dallaghan.
Keely received her master's degree in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) in 2002 and is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). In addition to her work as a yoga teacher, Keely specializes in verbal and behavior therapy and works with families of children diagnosed on the autism spectrum.
Keely brings her behavior therapy experience into the studio in order to help her students not only practice yoga asana, but to guide them in creating and practicing new internal behaviors and promoting increased self-awareness. Keely's teaching style is powerful, fun, motivational, and heavy on alignment with continuous encouragement to find your own path, practice, pose.
For Keely, the spiritual and mental benefits of her yoga practice mean everything to her and have allowed her to overcome past life challenges and live a life of deep love and gratitude. Keely believes so much can be accessed through yoga once you embrace the journey, really listen, and just breathe!