Episode 17-Donald "Keith" Stanley
One night, I was headed out to downtown Austin with my roommate and his girlfriend. We called for a Fasten (similar to Uber) and Keith was our driver. Within minutes, I realized Keith had quite the story and felt like it was a story to capture! Read his bio below, check out his book, and tune in for a fun episode!
After twenty-two years in the natural foods industry, D.K. Stanley left a successful career in incentive compensation to pursue his dream of helping others to achieve their potential. He has been a spiritual seeker and truth student for thirty years. In his travels around the world, he has accumulated a wealth of knowledge and experience.
Born and baptized into a Baptist family, his paternal grandfather was a fire-and-brimstone Baptist preacher who did tent revivals. His maternal grandparents were gospel singers. From this beginning, his spiritual path took an interesting road:
Age 6 – Attended Bible classes at a Methodist church in Houston, Texas.
Age 8 – Took Communion and was given his first Bible at a Methodist church in Boise, Idaho.
Age 10 – Parents had become atheists and the family joined the Unitarian church, in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Age 24 – Had become a confirmed agnostic.
Age 26 – His mother became a Unitarian minister, which had a significant effect on him.
Age 27 – Started on a conscious spiritual path triggered by having the first prayer of his life answered while in rehab.
Age 33 – Was introduced to Kundalini Yoga and got sober.
Age 37 – Visited India for the first time and prepared to take Amrit—the vows to become a Sikh. While there, he had an amazing meeting with Yogi Bhajan, who popularized Kundalini Yoga in the U.S. beginning in 1968. It was an enlightening experience, but he nevertheless decided against converting. On the same trip, he met the Dalai Lama and recognized that he aligned more with Buddhism than Sikhism, while still being a Christian.
Age 52 – Certified as a Kundalini Yoga teacher and wrote “Plus-Sized Yoga: Beginners Yoga for People of All Sizes.”