A few years ago, the consecutive deaths of Elena Keegan’s father and brother due to cardiac arrest prompted her to devote her life to well-being. Ultimately, it meant both personally and professionally. Once a Spanish teacher, Keegan embraced the practice of yoga, becoming an instructor and founding the Baton Rouge Yoga Company, specializing in on-site teaching to local businesses. She also works as the Region II coordinator for the state’s Well Ahead program and recently invented a new fitness product that encourages quick and easy stretches. Her Spiro stretching tool, a lightweight and portable board, can help both athletes and less active people successfully stretch many different muscle groups, she says.
“Stretching just 10 minutes a day, especially when combined with deep breathing, is a great way to increase flexibility, reduce stress and improve mobility,” says Keegan, mother of three. adults. “It’s so easy and it makes such a big difference.”
Keegan says she enjoys teaching others about a healthy lifestyle and that she walks herself. Here’s a window into Keegan’s personal routine. spirostretch.com
Get eight hours of sleep.
“I go to bed at 10 pm and get up at 6 am,” Keegan says. “The sleep is enormous. It not only hydrates the brain, but it resets your attitude. “
Start the day with meditation …
After standing up, Keegan spends a few minutes meditating, focusing on her breathing in order to focus on her mind and body.
… Exercise follow-up.
After meditating, Keegan jumps on her Rebounder mini-trampoline, dancing in place to the sound of the Black Eyed Peas.
Eat protein for breakfast.
Keegan is a big believer in protein for breakfast, but that doesn’t mean eggs and bacon. On a 90% plant-based diet, Keegan goes for sautéed tofu in the morning with a few roasted vegetables that she cooks on plates the night before.
“I drink tons of water,” Keegan says. “I drink alcohol from time to time, but I don’t abuse it. If I’m in a social situation I could have a spritzer with some LaCroix and some wine.
This article originally appeared in the January 2022 issue of 225 magazine.