Meet: Mandy O’Keefe – Founder of Kindred Movement
Mandy is infinitely inspired by yoga’s transformative power – both internally and externally, and finds it to be a source of joy and strength. She strives to teach from the heart to create an uplifting and nurturing environment where students can explore and expand within their own body and consciousness without taking things too seriously. Mandy believes that in order to be a great teacher one must continue to be a great student, and is committed to continually furthering her own learning on her personal yogic journey. Her training is vast across several styles of yoga including Vinyasa, Yin, Pre Natal, Lotus Flow and Prana Flow and she is honoured to guide students with a sense of compassion, fun & freedom.
“There is something incredibly calming and satisfying in moving your body mindfully and engaging all your senses. My practice has gone through many peaks and troughs throughout the years but when I come to my mat my intention has nearly always remained the same, and that is to create a space for myself where I can accept things as they are”
We asked the Founder of Kindred Movement, Mandy O’Keeffe a couple of questions, so we can get to know her a little better…
Tell us, why yoga?
There is something incredibly calming and satisfying in moving your body mindfully and engaging all your senses. My practice has gone through many peaks and troughs throughout the years but when I come to my mat my intention has nearly always remained the same, and that is to create a space for myself where I can accept things as they are.
How would you describe your teaching style?
Challenging but playful, fluid but grounding.
In on of your classes, what can we expect?
Creative sequencing, curated playlists and h e a p s of opportunity to play and explore your body within the shapes and maybe even have a laugh at yourself along the way.
In your spare time, where would we find you?
Hanging out with my huzzy or at the park/beach with my dog Romeo, a very mischievous Lagotto (Italian lake dog). He’s given me many grey hairs in the short year and half we’ve had him.
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What’s your favourite yoga pose and why?
Uttanasana (standing forward fold). Gets me every time! Love to feel my face soften and picture the space between my vertebrae lengthen. Yummmmmmo.
What are you inspired by?
Brene Brown and her epic research and works on vulnerability.
What would your philosophy/mantra for life be?
Trust & action = success.
Share with us the best piece of advice you have ever received?
Life is too short to concern yourself with people who don’t appreciate you.
Tell us your #1 must-read book recommendation?
Anything by Thich Nhat Hanh or Pema Chodron.
What can’t you live without?
Family. My husband, gorgeous twin babies Elvy and Felix, my dog Romeo, sunshine and the beach.
Someone once told me…
If you don’t stand for something you’ll fall for anything.
Whats your favourite food?
Potatoes. Seriously! In any format. Mashed, chips, potato cakes, baked, roasted… honestly the most versatile food ever.
What would be your ut-most favourite holiday destination?
New York for adventure & stimulation, Caye Caulker in Belize for ultimate chillaxing.
And your drink of choice please?
I’m a really terrible drinker alcohol-wise, I just get tired and hungry and want to go to bed! Would have to say almond milk chai latte or green smoothie (stereotypical yogi answer but it’s the truth!) [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]