Kat Kelley-Chung is the owner and director of BYC|YOGA26 (formerly Bikram Yoga Columbia) in Columbia, Maryland.
In the late 1990’s, Kat started practicing yoga to cool down after running. It wasn’t long before the yoga became essential as she juggled aging parents, two small children, a nascent business, and a husband with a demanding job. After the World Trade Center bombings she was compelled to bring the peace and focus that she had received from yoga to others.
Switching careers, Kat immediately enrolled in a yoga teacher training class at the Columbia Yoga Center. Under the tutelage of Bob Glickstein and Joseph Roberson in a six month training course, she established a hatha yoga foundation based on the Iyengar and Anusara models. She taught her first class to three students at her local community center in December 2001. Through word of mouth her teaching practice grew; from kid’s classes, school teachers, and on to private classes and retreats. She eventually included corporate clients such as Northrop Grumman, Johns Hopkins Hospital, and the Montgomery County Government, teaching lunchtime or after-work classes for their employees.
When she took her first Bikram yoga class in 2004 she knew she had stumbled onto something special. Kat taught her first Bikram class the day after graduating from training in June 2005. For the next two years, she taught for Bikram studios throughout Maryland before opening Bikram Yoga Columbia in November 2007. The various styles of yoga in her background have informed her teaching and she continues to broaden her knowledge base, studying at various workshops and seminars. Most recently she attended the Tony Sanchez Core26+ training in the Spring of 2014.