Our body is precious. It is our vehicle for awakening. Treat it with care.
— The Buddha

Wellness Background 

Keely Rakushin Garfield’s path already forged in the field of dance, incorporated a new direction after the events of 9/11.  Keely experienced first-hand the devastating effects of trauma on the body, mind and spirit.  Since then, she has committed herself to serving as many people as possible through simple yet profoundly transformational healing modalities including yoga and yoga therapy, Reiki, breath awareness, aromatherapy, meditation and contemplative practice.  To that end, Keely is a senior Urban Zen Integrative Therapist, E-RYT 800 Certified Yoga Instructor, Reiki Master, Meditation teacher, and hospice care provider. Keely is committed to working inclusively, and with sensitivity to diversity, privilege, and trauma.

Through her work, Keely treats symptoms of pain, anxiety, nausea, insomnia, constipation, exhaustion, and sadness working with a wide variety of patients and private clients including children and adults to address conditions including cancer, heart problems, ADHD, PTSD, Alzheimers, dementia, plus an array of physical injuries, emotional, and mental issues.  After completing her UZIT clinical rotation at Beth Israel Medical Center (BIMC), Keely worked in radiation oncology at BIMC Phillips Ambulatory Care Centre (PACC), served as clinical coordinator for Donna Karan’s UZIT program at The Farber Center for Radiation Oncology, and CareRite Centers, and led two trips to Haiti working at Saint Damien’s Pediatric Hospital and Orphanage. Keely offers hospice and end-of-life care, and works with Visiting Nurse Service of New York (VNSNY) Hospice Vigil volunteers on baring witness and sitting with the dying.

Keely has a strong background in Iyengar, Vinyasa and Restorative yoga and has taught all levels of yoga and yoga teacher trainings.  She regularly leads workshops and retreats, and conducts Wellness Workshops for Dancers.  Currently, Keely teaches yoga at Yoga Shanti Tribeca, Five Pillars Yoga, Area Yoga, Yogamaya, Equinox, Yogaworks, and for The Village Zendo retreats.  Keely is faculty for Urban Zen Integrative Therapy, Rodney Yee and Colleen Saidman Yee’s Yoga Shanti Teacher Trainings, and Yogamaya Teacher Training. As Director of Corporate Training Programs for Maripossa Wellness, Keely devises and instructs creative mindfulness programs for New York Presbyterian Hospital. Keely also regularly teaches Reiki Trainings and maintains a private Reiki practice.

Corporate trainings and workshops have further extended the scope of Keely’s work and broadened her experience of self-care as a powerful foundation for meeting the needs of others. Clients include: Salesforce; Balance Integration; Bungalow 5; ESME; and Gaiam.

Keely's work is informed by her lay ordination and ongoing studies in the Soto Zen Buddhist tradition with her teachers Roshi Pat Enkyo O’Hara, and Roshi Joan Halifax.  She continues to bow to her lifetime of experience as a dancer and dancemaker that deeply inflects her movement and service in the body of the world.