My name is Kylie Larson and my passion is all things fitness. I love lifting weights, doing cardio, attending TurboKick classes, practicing yoga, and competing in the occasional body building competition, 5K, 10K or half-marathon. But never a full marathon, I’ll save that for the crazies!!!
I grew up being active, participating in gymnastics and dance, and riding my bike all over the neighborhood, but really found my strength as a competitive swimmer. I believe that being a swimmer instilled a work ethic in me that has helped me in every area of my life. Sometimes you just need to get the work done when you’re working towards a goal, even if it's early morning or late at night..
I attended Texas Christian University, but did not swim at the collegiate level. I graduated with a degree in marketing and upon graduation I started working in the advertising industry. It was fine, and I learned a lot and met some wonderful people, but I knew this was not the career for me. It was during this time of soul searching that I began practicing yoga.
Take two steps back for a moment. All through college and after, I continued to workout. I wasn’t swimming, but I still remained active. Sometimes I was too active, which is why I suffered a stress fracture in my femur post-college while working at my first advertising agency. This was an over-use injury that could have been avoided had I just listened to my body. If I had honored my body. If I had loved my body.
Finding yoga in the midst of my quarter-life crisis while recovering from my injury was the best thing that could have happened to me. It was just what my body, mind and soul needed.
In 2002 I began with a few classes at the local 24 Hour Fitness, really enjoyed it and thought I would like a studio environment. I took a few hatha classes at a small studio in Irving, Texas and then found Bikram Yoga. It literally changed my life. It was like a gigantic reset for my body and mind. As a competitive swimmer I craved the discipline that a Bikram practice offers. The heat was addicting and the teachers were amazing. For five years, I did the same 26 poses (and two breathing exercises) 5-6 times a week and I loved it.
I really wanted to attend the Bikram Yoga teacher training, but you have to go away for quite a while and I wasn’t able to leave my job, nor did I have the finances or the support of my parents to do so. So in 2006 when I got married and moved to Denver, Colorado with my husband, I finally had the opportunity and support to make a career change. I continued my Bikram practice for the next two years while living here, but also was exposed to vinyasa and power yoga. Another life changing moment. I fell in love with the fluid movement, the variety of postures and another huge sell for me was the music. My first vinyasa teachers were Dawnelle Arthur, Jackie Casal and Scott Anderson. All of them are extraordinary teachers who ignited my passion for yoga further.
I completed my 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training with Mindy Arbuckle at Green Mountain Yoga in Arvada, Colorado. I began teaching immediately upon completion and then trained with Dawnelle Arthur to begin teaching Cycle/Yoga at her studio, Seasons Mind & Body Fitness, which is currently doing business as QiFlow.
Over the years I’ve been certified in Yin Yoga, TurboKick, willPower & Grace, Yoga-Sculpt, Bootcamp Yoga, Barre, Kettlebells, and have attended several yoga workshops to further my education. I love being healthy and fit, and sharing that with the masses. I hope you can attend one of my classes in person or try out one of my yogadownload.com classes. Thanks for visiting my website.