Kaycelyn Rosales-Knight brings happiness into a room with her laughing yoga. Her happy personality and determination to accomplish what she sets out to do shows, no matter whether living in Toronto, as she once did, or Hamiota, Manitoba, where she now resides with her husband who farms and operates Knight Seeds with his dad and brother.
Rosales-Knight took her first yoga class in Toronto in 2008 and knew this was the path she wanted to take. She quit her job, packed her bags and headed for Moksha Teacher Training in India, realizing that she wanted to share her experience and passion for yoga.
“Along with yoga, I enjoy painting, crafting, watching the sunset and travelling. On one of my travels I met my husband at the airport in Bogota, Colombia where we both were on a connecting flight to Peru. I have been teaching yoga for seven years now and spreading the love of yoga in Westman by speaking to groups such as Manitoba Farm Women’s Conference and the Women’s Institute Day,” said Rosales-Knight.
“When I held my first yoga class in Hamiota only my mother-in-law, husband and a friend showed up for class. Now I have over 150 students attending in six different communities and teach eight classes a week. I have a studio in my home and in other communities I teach in their halls,” she said.
Rosales-Knight is an early childhood educator and teaches a variety of classes — prenatal yoga, mom and baby, kids’ yoga, restorative yoga, regular and seniors. She also teaches laughing yoga.
“Laughing yoga is a concept of laughing for no reason. The body can’t differentiate between a fake laugh and a real laugh, so you receive the same benefits as it gets rid of stale air, changes oxygen levels in blood circulation, relaxes muscles, and releases good chemicals in the body. Mayo Clinic Cancer Research uses laughing yoga and stress management tools for cancer patients,” she said.
A goal Rosales-Knight had and reached was to visit 30 countries by the time she was in her 30s. In 2012 she was in Peru teaching yoga to children, and she has visited Europe, Asia, South America and Central America.
“One of my goals was to write a children’s book, and in 2018 I was able to accomplish that when I published Travelling Yogi, a book geared to preschool to 10-year-olds,” said Rosales-Knight.
You can find more information on types of yoga classes at kayceyoga.com. She also teaches an online yoga class.
Joan Airey writes from Rivers, Manitoba.