“We believe that societal change starts at the personal level, and that by unlocking the pathways of self-love and contentment, we break down the barriers that divide us and take one step closer to the truest and purest expressions of our being.”
While the interest in wellness, art, travel and social justice had already been long instilled in both of them, it wasn’t until 2014 that Karilynn and Shelby’s paths crossed in their yoga teacher training. In one of their long training sessions, something sparked the realization that their shared passions could actually be made into a career – and that their visions were far too similar to have coincidentally collided. Karilynn and Shelby became best friends and business partners. They started organizing and teaching workshops, growing and learning together as yoga teachers and practitioners. Soon after, they volunteered together in Peru with the non-profit organization The Light and Leadership Initiative (LLI) in Huaycán, Lima. In the community of Huaycán, they co-taught yoga classes to women, teens, and children. The community’s receptiveness to and adoration of LLI’s yoga program made Karilynn’s and Shelby’s dream of spreading yoga and empowerment throughout the world seem even more obtainable. In August of 2017, they launched Unlocked, LLC. Unlocked has become the avenue through which Shelby and Karilynn intend to guide more individuals onto the path of self-study and mental, emotional, spiritual, and physical wellness.
Meet the Owners
Karilynn first encountered the practice of yoga at 17 years old when she arrived to college at Michigan State University. Spending most of her life from the age of two competitively dancing, she was looking for a way to continue creative expression through movement in a more body-loving and less competitive way. After three years of daily yoga and falling head over heels for the practice, Karilynn completed her 200 Hour Vinyasa Teacher Training in East Lansing, Michigan. She dove right into teaching at yoga studios, in gyms, teaching private lessons, piloting a yoga program for women and children in Huaycán, Perú, creating community classes on the lawn of Lansing’s Capital building, and leading yoga and wellness retreats.
In 2016, Karilynn graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Nutritional Sciences. She currently lives in Summerfield, FL, and integrating nutrition into daily life via healthy recipes, focus on whole foods, and creating body-positive environments is a huge passion of hers.
Karilynn teaches yoga from the heart, and she incorporates a lot of fluid movements from her dance background into all of her classes. Through this moving meditation and the use of mantra and song, she helps her students unlock their creative potential, and she firmly believes through creativity we find purpose, peace and contentment. She uses breath as the foundation of all her classes, and with loving challenge, she guides students into a space of safe vulnerability, allowance, and self-acceptance.
Shelby first began practicing yoga at age 17, and later completed her 200 Hour Vinyasa Teacher Training in East Lansing, Michigan in 2014. That same year, Shelby graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor’s of Arts in Spanish. After teaching for a short time in Michigan, Shelby moved to Peru where she lived for four years while working for a branch of a non-profit organization focused on women’s empowerment. She spent her time in Peru teaching yoga throughout Lima and Cusco, leading yoga retreats to the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu, and performing as a singer and songwriter. Shelby uses her bilingual abilities to connect with a wider range of students and bring yoga to communities that have limited access to yoga. Shelby is currently living in Kalamazoo, Michigan. She teaches weekly classes at Down Dog Yoga Center and continues to organize yoga and wellness events around Michigan.
Shelby sees each practice as an opportunity to connect more intimately with our purest and truest form. She often incorporates the voice, singing bowls, drums, live music and other healing sounds to enhance the experience of her classes. She uses the practice of vulnerability, breath, movement, and deep focus to sweetly challenge her students, while at the same time providing deep release. Working towards a strong body and a still, radiant mind, her classes will teach you how to love yourself and love others to your greatest potential.