NFL All-Star Athlete Keith Mitchell #59, a former linebacker for the New Orleans Saints, Houston Texans and Jacksonville Jaguars, found himself respected on the field for making record-setting defensive tackles and quarterback sacks. He was a modern day warrior, hero-worshipped by adoring fans and experiencing an elite earning bracket very few people in the world ever achieve. He was living the American Dream. And it all ended in a moment.
At the apex of all of that success, a paralyzing tackle caused a spinal injury that ended his football career and forced him into the agony of retirement at only 31 years old:
Transition was unavoidable…his choice was to either enter the depths of defeat or to find a new North. Keith dug deep. He was unwilling to surrender to the plague of emotional depression and the physical atrophy he had seen happen to many NFL peers after similar traumas. But what was the other option?
After experiencing a profound, life-changing transformation from daily yoga and meditation disciplines, Keith developed a desire to share these liberating tools with others. He soon realized that many audiences had no exposure to such tools. Unable to keep such secrets to himself, Keith started on his new life path: To speak out and lead by example.
Today, Keith has again risen to the top of his game. He is a Master Certified Yoga Instructor with more than 12 years of experience, and an International Teacher/Speaker, presenting at such prestigious locations as The Omega Institute in New York, and Sleepy Hollow Country Club.
Through encouraging consistent, self-empowerment practices, Keith is committed to inspiring major transformation in the lives of millions. It is his passion to reach the multi-cultural many, who live beyond the confines of traditional yoga studios. Through his non-profit organization “The Light It Up Foundation”, he has created a wellness movement which is intentionally changing the lives of our youth, trauma survivors, first responders and VETS.