"My way of expressing myself was on the gridiron. I had anger and hurt and it effected my life outside of sports. You can have greatness without chaos. Allow your greatness to happen. You have the capability of GREATNESS within you!" ~KM59
Keith Mitchell (KM59)
NFL All-Pro Football Player and Professional Athlete Keith Mitchell #59, was a former linebacker for the New Orleans Saints, Houston Texans and Jacksonville Jaguars. He 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 his success, a paralyzing tackle caused a spinal injury that ended his football career and forced him into the agony ofearly retirement at only 31 years old.
Transition was unavoidable; his choice was to either enter the depths of defeat or to find the strength to overcome these seeming obstacles he faced. Keith dug deep, unwilling to surrender to the plague of emotional depression and the physical atrophy he had seen happen to many NFL peers after similar traumas. So, in his darkest hour, Keith discovered conscious breathing, Yoga, and meditation. He found that these daily practices not only helped him physically recover from his injury, but created a refreshing sense of self-awareness and fulfillment that far surpassed his love for football.
After experiencing a profound, life-changing transformation from daily yoga and mindfulness disciplines, Keith developed a desire to share these liberating tools with others. He soon realized that many audiences had little to no exposure to these empowering and healing tools he discovered that were paramount to his healing. Keith started on his new life path: To speak out, teach 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 venues, groups and non-profits as: The Omega Institute, Deepak Chopra’s Homebase (NYC) , Sleepy Hollow Country Club, Four Season Hotel, Wanderlust, Sedona Yoga Conference, LA Coliseum, Just Breathe and Congressional Yoga Association( in Washington DC with Congressman Tim Ryan), Austin Capitol with Unify, LAPD and many more.
Keith foundedThe Light It Up Foundation , a 501C3 non-profit organization. Through his charity and altruistic endeavors he initiated the KM59 wellness movement which is intentionally changing the lives of our youth, trauma survivors, first responders and VETS. Keith works with communities, schools and organizations to introduce mindfulness, meditation and movement through Yoga.
Through encouraging consistent, self-empowerment practices, Keith is committed to his mission of inspiring major transformation in the lives of millions.
Keith has been featured in many national media outlets including Dr. Oz, USA Today, People, Sports Illustrated, Fox News, The Huffington Post, Mantra Magazine, Yoga Journal, Mind-Body- Green, The Los Angeles Times, Ebony, Essence, NFL Films, LA Yoga and more.