MEET KELEAH ANDERSON
Keleah came to Yoga through two passions ~ cheerleading and gymnastics. The rhythm and movement of yoga was a beautiful extension of her two greatest childhood loves that had led her to a career in health & wellness. With an education background in physical therapy/anatomy and over 25 years of experience teaching and training, yoga quickly became another class she could offer her clients. It was not until her personal journey with depression found new depths of healing through her practice that yoga became something completely different. Keleah found movement that was sacred, union that was restful and postures that were powerful. She found home - a place of BEing, not doing! (Thus, the BE in the class formats.)
A lifetime of cheering included a collegiate cheer career at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville from 1991-1994. Keleah began her yoga practice in 1999 and took her first teacher training in November of 2001. She followed that with a 200-hour training in Ashtanga in 2004. She spent 2 years in Austin, Texas studying Ashtanga, Vinyasa and Anusara Yoga extensively. In addition, in 2011 she completed Holy Yoga training. In May of 2016, Keleah opened Abundant Yoga Studio. Founded on following the Holy Spirit (goose-symbol) and circling in prayer (the circle) this unique yoga system honors God first and offers a biblically based practice. Keleah’s passion today is to help develop and inspire yoga teachers to offer something Abundantly beyond a physical yoga practice – to facilitate worship through message, movement, and meditation.
After 20 years guiding students on the mat in the group setting, today Keleah sees her calling to the mission of Abundant Yoga as strong as ever. Her passion is to journey alongside others in their path toward abundance. Today this includes not only teaching yoga and training teachers but also an offering of yoga medicine and spiritual direction – both resources that bring new levels of healing and abundant living. Keleah is currently completing the spiritual director program through Selah Center for Spiritual Formation and the 500HR Yoga Teacher Training Program with Yoga Medicine®. Keleah believes a continual pursuit of knowledge combined with a pursuit of the Lord’s presence is what offers an abundant experience. In this next season of leading Abundant, she plans to add new layers of learning and to continue to teach, train, and inspire.
Keleah resides in Franklin, Tennessee with her husband of 25 years, 3 children and their dog, Rosie. When not on her yoga mat her favorite place to be is on the lake or the beach in the sunshine with her family.
About Abundant Yoga
Our purpose is to provide a complete yoga experience of union with God our Creator through meditation that is still, movement that is gentle, and postures that are powerful.
In 2011, Keleah Anderson picked up Wild Goose Chase by Mark Batterson. Having seen herself in the numerous cages outlined in Batterson’s book, she asked God “Where do I go?.” He said “Be yoga.” Yoga is defined as a yoke or union and Keleah heard God say “You don’t have to know your destination, just be yoked to me and chase the goose.”
The Wild Goose Chase introduction reads: “The Celtic Christians had a name for the Holy Spirit – An Geadh Glas, or “The Wild Goose”. The name hints to mystery. Much like a wild goose, the spirit of God cannot be tracked or tamed. And while the name may sound a little sacrilegious, I cannot think of a better description for what it is like to follow the Holy Spirit through life. I think the Celtic Christians were on to something. Most of us will have no idea where we are going most of the time. And I know that is unsettling. But circumstantial uncertainty also goes by another name: Adventure.”
The yoga adventure began. First Keleah filmed a yoga DVD and all the while God continued to speak and gave more vision to the idea of “be yoga” and the Abundant class format was found (Be Still, Be Gentle, Be Powerful).
Circling the adventure in prayer, the wild goose chase continued and eventually Abundant Yoga became a studio providing yoga that is still, gentle, and powerfully led by the Holy Spirit.
Abundant Love Stories
It was absolutely life-changing. I sincerely mean that. The atmosphere and community is like none other. It makes me feel free to try something new even if I\'m going to look awkward or fall during the try. There is definitely a spirit of grace and community in every class. That spirit starts with the teachers and it trickles down to each person. We feel like we are all in this together.
Yoga helped me recover mentally, physically, and spiritually. I now trust my body again. I completely rebuilt my endurance. My mind and my body are still the most in-sync when I am on the mat. Yoga has taught me that it is okay for my body to feel different each day and to honor that without judgement. There is no judgement in Abundant Yoga classes. There is only encouragement.
God is present at Abundant Yoga. I\'ve been to many yoga studios that are inhabited by a negative spirit. The yoga world is full of faux meditative nonsense. At Abundant Yoga, however, I can choose life and embrace wisdom through the Word of God. I often consider the lack of meaning and emptiness offered at other studios & give thanks for the life affirming message from Abundant Yoga.