This Tuesday we sat down with one of our newest teachers, Kelly DeSousa, for our weekly Tuesday Teacher Talk to get her take on yoga, teaching and life.

When did you started working for Yoga 4 Change?

Just started. I’m an enthusiastic newbie!

What inspired to become a yoga teacher?

I’m also an art therapist and wanted to start incorporating yoga into my art therapy sessions with children and adults. I want to make yoga and art approachable and accessible to all.

Why did you choose to work with Yoga 4 Change?

Yoga 4 Change serves the people in our community who need the most support. I want to be a part of that because I can.

Share with us a funny, sad, interesting, or memorable story about your teaching.

Young kids giggle a lot during yoga. I like that.

What is your favorite drink?

My 3 year old invented a drink called the Rainbow Smoothie. It’s pretty darn good!

Can you name one thing Yoga has helped you get through?

Just ONE thing? So many! Body dysmorphia is one. It helped me to be grateful for my body, gain a positive self-image, and feel comfortable in my own skin.

What’s your favorite yoga pose and why?

Right now it’s scorpion pose. My arms are getting strong, so I get to feel a sense of progress and confidence. Visually, it’s a beautiful pose; it feels like I’m making art with my body. It’s a fun challenge and I love being upside down!

Cat or Cow?

Ha! Cow.

How can yoga help people change their lives?

Yoga can help us slow down and create space in our minds that allows us to become more aware of our thoughts and feelings. Within that space is the present moment, when we get to consciously choose what we want to think and how we want to feel. In this way, over time, we transform the way we respond to the world around us and we literally change our brains!

Why should people support Yoga 4 Change?

Yoga 4 Change has the potential to transform lives. With enough support, we can make a lasting positive impact.

Kelly DeSousa is an art therapist and yoga instructor.  Through her work, she enjoys making art , yoga, and mindfulness practices accessible to all. A Jacksonville native, Kelly is grateful for the opportunity to give back to her community.  Her favorite mindfulness practice is going for walks with her three year old son, who always keeps her grounded in the present moment.

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