Keala grew up in Honolulu, Hawaii & went to High School at an American School in Kaiserslautern, Germany. She obtained her undergraduate degree in Art & Art History and her Masters degree in Kinesiology from James Madison University. Keala previously worked as the Coordinator of Sport Clubs & Youth Programs at JMU Recreation Center. She was a group fitness instructor and yoga teacher at JMU throughout undergraduate, graduate school, and as a professional. She taught for four studios in Harrisonburg, VA and was on adjunct faculty for JMU in the Hart School of Hospitality, Sport & Recreation Management and adjunct faculty at Blue Ridge Community College in the Health Department.

She completed her:

  • Group Cycling Specialty Certification, June 2010
  • 200 Hour with YogaFit, June 2010
  • Kids Yoga Training, June 2010
  • NETA Group Exercise Certification, May 2013
  • ACE Group Fitness Exercise Certification, July 2014
  • Barre Certification, June 2014
  • 250 Hour with Evolation, August 2014
  • Barre Connect Specialty Certification, May 2015
  • Restorative Yoga Teacher Training with Colleen Dwyer, October 2016
  • NuPower Sculpt: Power Yoga + Weights with Cindy Lunsford, March 2017
  • Yin Yoga Training with Cindy Lunsford, November 2017
  • Aerial Yoga Certification with FlyDog Yoga, April 2017
  • Aerial Yoga Level II Certification with FlyDog Yoga, March 2018
  • Co-led Kunga Yoga & In Balance Yoga Service Retreat in India in March 2019
  • 300 Hour with Jimmy Barkan and the Barkan Method of Hot Yoga Level II / III, June 2019
  • Co-led Kunga Yoga & In Balance Yoga Retreat to Nosara, Costa Rica January 2020
  • The Power of Awareness Course with Tara Brach & Jack Kornfield from the Greater Good Science Center, UC Berkeley (April 2020)
  • Barkan Method Hot 26 & 2 Training in Blacksburg with Jimmy Barkan, August 2020

Keala is a seasoned fitness instructor in numerous fitness formats (step aerobics, TRX, spin) – but her favorite to teach is yoga: all types from Yin to Hot Yoga to Restorative. She loves learning more and relating to each student. She loves taking requests and building them into her classes. Hobbies: building playlists, listening to podcasts, exploring trails, mountain biking, writing, watching movies, sports, and most of all traveling any chance she gets. She is engaged to Tim and they have a Wiemaraner puppy named Raya.