Meet one of Radiant Hot Yoga's inspiring teachers Kelsey Walters
When and why did you begin practicing yoga?
I began my yoga journey at 14 years old in Cabo. We focused on a three part breath for over an hour holding only 5 postures! Shortly after I joined a beginners yoga class at my gym. I grew up wishing I was in a sport, but never participated in one.
The feeling yoga gave me was that euphoric passionate drive and I knew right then this was my “sport”. Yoga opened up my eyes to a whole new world of life. It truly is a part of my soul and I would not be the kind, loving person I am today without my practice, my yoga community, and my teaching.” – Kelsey
How has becoming a teacher changed your life?
Before becoming a teacher I was extremely concerned of what others thought of me. I used to look at the world outside of myself to fill the empty places in my heart, but after becoming a teacher I realized it was up to me to fill those places in my heart. I now can say with confidence that I am fully embracing the woman I am, huge personality and all. I realized how serious I was taking life and now I have chosen to try my best to embrace this life to the fullest.” – Kelsey
When did you know you wanted to be a yoga instructor?
I knew I wanted to become a teacher in 2010, but I was in nursing school and couldn’t take the time out of school to train. Two days after I graduated nursing school I jumped right into Darlene’s yoga Teacher Training.
The reason I wanted to become a teacher is because I tend to reflect on my life a fair amount and found that love is the basis of everything. From the bottom of my heart, my drive is to just make people feel loved, have a better day and walk out of the room feeling like they have a clear vision.” – Kelsey
What did Teacher Training mean to you and what did it do for you?
Teacher training takes you out of your comfort zone. It breaks down walls and barriers within yourself and you have to just persist through the discomfort to get to the other side of it. I am truly so blessed to have been pushed the way I was during training and post training. It was physically and emotionally intense at times.
Once I completed it, it was like HOLY SMOKES! I just did that?! Teacher training shows you that your mind may play tricks and say you can’t do it, but the truth is we are far more powerful than we ever could think. We just have to have faith that we can achieve anything we put our mind to.” – Kelsey
What do you feel is the personality and energy you bring to your classes?
I feel that I bring spirituality, humor, and love to my classes. I want my yogis to feel nothing but love and that there is no judgement in the room. Sometimes the classes can be a challenge and when you find the faith in yourself and tap into that highest form of yourself you can feel pure bliss even in the challenging class.
I also like to laugh, A LOT. So in my classes I want my students to feel connected to everyone in the room and to laugh a little bit.. take the seriousness out of their heads to make room for encouragement.” – Kelsey
What are a few of your favorite things to do outside of yoga?
Some of my favorite things to do outside of yoga is running, weightlifting, getting crafty with jewelry/house decorations and my RN job! I love to cook as well, I am a bit of a foodie :).” – Kelsey
Kelsey’s Teaching Schedule
Newport Beach studio
- Tuesdays and Fridays at 6:00 am
- Tuesdays and Thursdays at 4:00 pm
- Sundays at 5:30 pm
- Wednesdays at 6:00 am