Dr. Kelsey Evans-Amalu (she/her) is an instructor that aligns and engages yogic principles on and off the mat. Having had a personal practice since 2006, she has been able to find grace and ease through daily practice. Initially introduced to yoga during undergrad, Kelsey began her journey in liberation during recovery from her eating disorder where she allowed yoga, meditation, and other forms of contemplative practice to truly do the work of internal and external healing. Having been in recovery now since 2009, Kelsey uses her healing journey as a catalyst to continue to offer a practice that allows for curiosity, mindfulness, inclusivity, and expansion. Kelsey has trained at both Guruv Yoga and Warrior One Power Yoga in Orlando, Florida where she received her 500 RYT in Vinyasa and Power Yoga and has been teaching since 2012.
Off the mat, Kelsey is a professor of Social Studies Education. Her work focuses on the use of mindfulness, empathy, and compassion in K-12 and higher education. She enjoys bringing her research into practice by incorporating deeper neurological and affective understanding on implementing contemplative practices in your daily life. You can also catch Kelsey on PBS as the star of “Happy, Healthy Kids”, putting her research into practice on varied platforms.
Lastly, Kelsey believes that a true yoga practice incorporates all 8 limbs of yogic philosophy. You can find Kelsey implementing such principles in her work in social justice spaces.