Kelly Smith has taken stress relief to new heights with her podcast, Mindful in Minutes, recorded out of her home in Bloomington.
Starting as a softball player at St. Olaf in Northfield, Smith has translated her passion for athletics into the realm of yoga and the beneficial effects it can have. “Each episode is a meditation on a different topic,” Smith says, “but the most popular topics of meditations are for improving sleep, reducing anxiety, and meditations designed to start your day off with energy and positivity.”
Episodes of Mindful in Minutes provide guided meditation and typically last no longer than 20 minutes. So far, the episodes have been downloaded more than 6 million times across 181 countries.
For Smith, her practice became especially vital during her mother’s battle with breast cancer, she says, and it inspired her to start a career that highlights the importance of mindfulness.
Smith has more than 500 hours of yoga training under her belt, and she’s the founder of Yoga For You, through which she has trained more than 300 yoga teachers from 15 different countries. “In 2022, I will be offering retreats in Hawaii and Ireland,” she says, adding that she “can’t wait to share these soul-reviving escapes with students from all over the world.”
Smith is trained in eight unique styles of yoga, and she says her business is expanding from its Minnesotan origins into Canada and the United Kingdom. She offers teacher training, workshops for students, and yoga and mindfulness retreats while maintaining another podcast entitled Meditation Mama devoted to pre-natal and postpartum mothers.
Believing that a one-size-fits-all mentality does not exist in the world of yoga, Smith advocates for a joy- and gratitude-filled approach to life. She says she focuses on appreciating the small details, such as having a fresh cup of coffee. Her philosophy encourages students and podcast listeners to listen to their bodies and embrace their own power.
“Nothing makes me happier than when I hear I am helping people connect with their true selves and find some peace of mind and joy in life,” she says.