The London-based yogi left a career in law to travel to India and retrain as a yoga instructor. Five years on, Brooks now runs private and corporate classes with an ethos of making yoga fun and accessible for all. This September a series of Klub Yoga Glitter Edition pop-ups are coming to Victoria so we caught up with Kelly to talk taking a leap of faith, yoga retreats and techno
What inspired you to become a yoga instructor?
I felt like I had a toolbox of magic that people in the corporate world were missing as a way of maximising their health, performance and happiness and had a burning desire to share this with the world, to help people be resiliant to the stress of daily work life.
In a nutshell, how would you define your personal approach?
The Klub Yoga style is about breaking down the barriers of yoga using music to get people energised and to make yoga more fun and sociable to give people a healthy alternative and a way to meet like-minded people.
What do you think is the biggest misconception surrounding yoga?
The main thing people say to me is ‘I'm not flexible so I can't do yoga’. No! That's the reason to do yoga!
What can we expect from the Klub Yoga pop-ups in Victoria?
We can't wait to bring Klub Yoga to Victoria, starting with the glitter bar on arrival, great uplifting music throughout, and lots of laughter. We have partnered with some great healthy food brands too to keep people fuelled on the night.
You left a career in law to retrain as a yoga instructor. What advice would you give to someone who is considering a career u-turn?
It’s such a cliché but life is short. We only have one shot at it so if there is something you love enough you will make it work.
How do you motivate yourself on days when you just don’t feel like getting on the mat?
There is never a day I don't feel like doing yoga. My day-to-day style is about understanding where your body is at on that day. If I'm overworked, I just do restorative; if I'm feeling lazy it's handstands. There is always a sequence to restore us.
What is your favourite pose and why?
I think for me what I find most interesting is exploring the poses I don't like. What am I doing incorrectly to not enjoy the experience? Over time poses I haven't enjoyed when I have studied them become the ones I enjoy the most.
Where is the most unusual place you’ve practiced yoga?
Probably on a film set in Bulgaria or the steps of St Paul's Cathedral in London.
And what about the most scenic place?
I am very lucky to have taught in some beautiful places on yoga retreats, from ski slopes to beaches in Ibiza. I appreciate every opportunity I have to share yoga with the world.
What song always gets you in the mood for a workout?
I love techno and at the moment I'm obsessed with Peggy Gou, but otherwise you will always find some Solomun.
What’s your biggest vice?
Cheese – I do veganuary every year and it's always the cheese that I fail on.
What is your motto?
Everyone is suffering in some way so be kind, compassionate and smile.
Klub Yoga sessions will be running every week throughout September (Thursday 6, Friday 14, Thursday 20 and Thursday 27). These pop-up sessions will be running in a secret location 5 minutes from Victoria station. You will find out the location the night before so you can plan your journey. Tickets start from £12, and classes start at 6:30pm. Book your place here