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Meet Kelley Doyle

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kelley Doyle.

Kelley, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
It’s interesting to consider when and how I got started with yoga because my parents were into Transcendental Meditation in the early 70’s here in Southern California, and I was given a walking mantra through the TM school when I was three years old here in Orange County! Honestly, this was a big deal for me. As a little girl, I would run around on the playground at my Montessori preschool chanting my mantra internally, and it made me feel special like I held a little secret gem that protected me.

And then, my personal interest in YOGA was inspired by a friend when I was a freshman at San Clemente Highschool in 1984 at almost 14 years old. So I went and bought some books to see what yoga was all about, and now, looking back, the one I loved the most had super simple drawing illustrations of the asanas with affirmations next to each one and the Sanskrit name of the shape. As a young person facing my own insecurities and trying to find myself in the midst of the changes, I found a lot of help in the affirmations and the way it helped me to focus on the positive stuff. And while I was creating shapes with my body, I was creating inner shapes with these intentions. It’s powerful to reflect this impact.

I found what I consider to be my first real yoga teacher Gayna Uransky, at Heartwood Institute in Garberville California in 1991 where I was going to school studying Zen Shiatsu Acupressure and embracing so many aspects of natural healing and health practices that are the foundation of my life still to this day. Gayna was/is the embodiment of Living yoga. I have a few amazing synchronistic stories about how she shows up in places that remind me where I come from and our connection… the most recent was a few years back when I was guiding a yoga training in Montana, and one of my students came back ranting and raving about her 75-year-old yoga teacher in Mexico on vacation, and she showed us all the photo, and it was Gayna!! Talk about affirmations to being right where you are supposed to be!! My life story is seriously riddled with these kinds of divine alignments… so I will keep it at that!

And… honestly… Still to this day I have met very few people who are living yoga the way I was able to experience it through Gayna. I truly feel and see the blessings I have been given on this path in retrospect. And having this example young also allowed me to be particular about who I chose as my teachers.

I began teaching at 23 years old in Mammoth lakes California where I lived in the area for about 25 years and just moved back to Orange County almost two years ago. I took my first teacher training at Yoga Works in Santa Monica with Maty Ezraty and Lisa Walford in 1999, nourishing my roots with some awesome guides on the path, and then found my heart and home with my soul teacher and now dear friend Shiva Rea in 2003 (right after I closed my first yoga studio, Shanti Yoga Studio, and broke my femur and heard loud and clear within moments of the break, “now is the time to Live Yoga, its not about practice anymore” and 12 weeks later met Shiva at the Yoga Journal Conference in Estes Park Colorado and have been embodying, teaching and sharing Prana Vinyasa Flow Yoga ever since.

Personally always being in the flow of learning, guiding and teaching, I completed a Bachelors of Science in Alternative Medicine from Everglades University to help bring together ancient wisdom and modern science, giving me more resources to help bridge the gaps for current culture. It’s beautiful to help people see the patterns inside and out and how to nourish balance through refining these lenses.

I currently offer weekly classes at an awesome donation-based studio, Dharma Yoga House in Dana Point California, as well as 200/300 hour Prana Vinyasa Flow Yoga teacher trainings for Shiva’s school, Samudra Global School of Living Yoga, locally in Orange County and also traveling to other places in California and the US to share this practice that has become the roots teaching for balance in my personal life. This is my passion, to help others help themselves by integrating the sacred + ancient tools for balancing modern life. To nourish peace through breath, movement, flow + intention and guide friends to return to the heart, where we come from and what connects us to each other all ways.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Haha~ smooth isn’t the word I would use… and I wouldn’t necessarily call struggles now what I felt were struggles at the time because now I see them as precious gems that have helped me refine and align all the aspects of my self. This is Living Yoga, self-realization, but not just for the self, for the whole! So all the things that I came up against along the way have been great teachers, polishing my awareness and have given me more to offer others along the way.

With that said, some of the things that have helped me help others help themselves are:
*going through a divorce and then being a single mom navigating multiple jobs to support my family with my two older children (they are 22 and 20) before I met my husband and we had our son. (he is 11 now!)

*breaking my femur and moving through the mind, body, spirit, life challenges that arise with healing injuries.

*living in a remote area with no teachers to go to on a daily, weekly basis and having to be my own source of inspiration which actually was a blessing as I cultivated a super steady home practice and now I can help people tap into how to do that for themselves.

*completing my college degree in subjects that pushed me to my transformative edge mentally and emotionally (which reminded me so much of moving into challenging yoga asanas or longer practices!) while tending to family home life, relationship, raising three children and running a business!

*studying mind-body health from a modern lens to help our current culture integrate yoga for day to day life in all the ways, not just physical, but for body, mind, spirit, and life.

*holding my personal vision clear for sharing yoga and allowing yoga teaching to support me through being patient with my own process. I believe this is a continuum and we just keep moving through the stages or leveling up, so the edge is ever expanding so we are always able to grow more into our potential all ways.

The reason I started my Bachelors of Science in 2011 was because Yoga teaching wasn’t supporting me, so I decided I would start a school program to figure out how to make money other than through bodywork. Yoga was always my lifestyle, but I considered not using it as a profession. Funny thing, as soon as I started the college program, within months, I began teaching Affiliate teacher trainings for our school and then I opened another yoga studio from the high demand of my classes growing and have been riding that wave ever since.

No matter what we do for work, even if its a personal passion, like yoga for me, it still takes integrity, commitment, focus, and intention. It’s still work continuously tending to the fire of inspiration to stay focused. Having your own business is living yoga!

We’d love to hear more about what you do.
I teach yoga, ALL WAYS, emphasizing the body as a microcosm of the macrocosm and using this awareness to help foster vitality + balance. I specialize in personalizing practice whether its group classes or private. Creating community, connectivity, and space to breathe, move and flow.

I offer 200 + 300 hour Yoga teacher trainings and in-depth study programs for Samudra Global School of Living Yoga founded by Shiva Rea, my teacher, mentor, and sweet soul sister. Love for sunsets, sunrises, nature, music, relationship, community, poetry, all forms of movement, spontaneous adventures and intuitive connection allows me to uniquely design each training to align with the needs of each group.

I offer retreats ~ local, national and international. This year in September we are going to Italy! My retreats are intimate and localized to the paces we travel. This year we will be at a friends family Villa in Orvieto in the region of Umbria!

I offer weekly classes at a sweet donation-based studio, Dharma Yoga House, in Dana Point. I am known for teaching heart-centered classes ~ devotion in motion~ steeped in philosophy, roots teachings from the ancient wisdom of Ayurveda and the Vedas, physical sciences, inspiring poetry of movement to soulful music, fostering self-love, joy and deeper peace inside to nourish peace out from personal to universal.

Also, coming soon!

Living Yoga Soul Sessions~ Activating Innate Wisdom for Modern Living. It’s a one-year comprehensive program helping foster healthy lifestyle practices. Its been in my heart for a couple of years and as so much of my energy has gone into my yoga teacher trainings, this program has been on the back burner.

Its a program for all ages and yoga experience, even yoga teachers, as each person will have their unique customized program and yet we will have collective meetings as well as privates on the phone or in person depending on where they live. It designed to be anywhere. I have guest presenters for the Live zoom calls joining, as well as home practice videos and optional retreats to join together! all will be on my website!

I love to help others help themselves connect to practices that have stood the test of time, ancient, sacred yet invaluable for modern living, infusing the current sciences that bridge these gaps to allow accessibility to these practices that nourish balance, activate strength and flexibility of mind, body, spirit + life.

I am proud that as a yoga professional I stay connected to the roots of yoga and do not sway from that path. Not always the best for “business” but the best for the soul. I love that I can use the past 30 years of in-depth study of Living Yoga to help others find a pathway to living peace inside and out from the heart, for the heart and to the heart.

Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
My ability to stay connected to the heart, go with the flow and my genuine passion for yoga as a pathway of transformation through embodiment.

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3 Comments

  1. Gina

    May 8, 2019 at 04:11

    Kelley, whom I met 30 years ago, has been living yoga before she ever called it that. We met when I started taking her classes while going through an ugly divorce. She saved my life, showed me my strength, fed my soul…she is my soul sister, and I am forever here for her, to love her and care for her, to be a shoulder should she need one, but mostly to share her bright light with the world and make it a better place.

    • Gina

      May 10, 2019 at 01:01

      Correction, 20 years ago ♥️ Feels like a lifetime

    • Kelley Doyle

      May 10, 2019 at 01:47

      Awwww!!! Thank Gina!!! I love this!! I love you~ and love that we are still in the flow together!!! ITALY this year!!! Yesss!!! Xoxoox

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