Kelsey Koch is a Michigan based yogi, owner of Serenity Yoga in Grand Blanc, Michigan. She is passionate about sharing her journey and helping others find strength, self-love, and hope throughout theirs.
Born without a tibia bone, Kelsey had a through-the-knee amputation on her left leg when she was just 9 months old. It’s easy to get caught up in what people think and how they would assume the prosthetic to look as normal as it could. While she carried those thoughts with her for quite some time, she was able to let go of that false reality, realizing that looks do not matter when it comes to prosthetics. She now sports a microprocessor controlled knee, the highest technology to date for amputees.
She discovered yoga at 22 after she started working with a personal trainer to treat her scoliosis at her local athletic club, which was caused by being so dominant on one side. Throughout the process of trying different knees and feet, Koch now has four feet; all having their own differences but all lighter model designed for fitness. Finding a knee and foot that allows her to live an active life from golf, yoga, running and everyday living has been a game changer for Koch.
Mastering advanced inversions with her legs over her head wasn't an immediate thing. It is important to realize how mindful of your journey you need to be, and really put time and effort into it to really see the true benefits. Kelsey dedicated herself to her practice, and her passion for yoga grew—as did her strength.
She completed a 200-hour yoga teacher training in May 2016. Kelsey started teaching yoga at her nearby athletic club, which she credits this beautiful journey and transition for, and she knew she wanted to keep climbing.
Her dream of opening her own studio became a reality at the start of 2017, when she secured a space. Her studio, Serenity Yoga opened its doors on March 1st of 2017. The classes at Serenity Yoga are for people of all abilities, both abled and disabled. The people attending my classes can see me, and they'll know, I can do it too. Maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow, but eventually if I keep trying, I can do it too.
Outside of her studio, Kelsey still teaches at her local athletic club, Ascension Genesys Health Club, where she teaches yoga, and works their service desk. She also travels to local schools around her hometown where she teaches to children on the autism spectrum. December of 2017 she received an invitation of a lifetime where she was asked to be apart of Reeboks 2018 Women's Calendar. For the last two years, she has been coaching the girl's golf team for her hometown, Grand Blanc High School. Being able to coach golf, something she's been passionate about her entire life has been one of her favorite parts of her journey.
On a separate but equally important milestone in her journey, her entire life leading up to March 15th has been consumed with colon issues. Lifelong struggles and insecurities held her back from her true capabilities. On March 15th Northwestern Hospital , specifically Amy Halverson, gave her a second chance at life. Life with a colostomy has given Kelsey freedom to live her life without any fear or hesitation. She is both happier and healthier than she has ever felt.
Finding herself, her strength, and being able to pass it on to so many others has been a life changing experience for Kelsey. She works hard daily to promote self-love, self inclusion, and acceptance. She is here for you, ready to share her story through blogging, and will help you find your hope.