Palm Beach Post
Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013

Yoga, Kim Hough says emphatically, is a powerful vehicle for change.

“It’s an opportunity to cultivate awareness - helping you notice your expectations, reactions, desires, and all kinds of emotional and behavioral patterns,” explains the Delray Beach resident who is a yoga instructor, licensed massage therapist and energy medicine practitioner.

That’s why she’s so passionate about her career – and why she offers donation-only community yoga classes – including Yoga By The Sea, offered on Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. at Atlantic Dunes Park pavilion.

It’s a class for novices – as well as those experienced - in the practice of yoga. “Being outdoors in that environment with the view of the ocean, the sound of the waves and the feel of the sea breeze on your skin is healing and a great stress reducer,” says Hough, who is certified in advanced food healing and is pursuing a health coach certification. “I help people get through roadblocks and it is exciting to be able to do that,” says the 54-year-old Florida International University grad.

Hough’s foray into yoga began about 10 years ago when she took a class.

“A friend told me yoga was good for handling stress. At the time I was caring for my mom who was ill, and raising a teenager,” she says. “I was impressed and shifted my workouts from the gym to yoga. Within three months I knew this was what I was meant to do,” says Hough, who was born in Kingston, Pa.

Her background in hotel food administration propelled her into the corporate world, where she worked for Hilton and other hotel chains then segued into a high-powered career as an independent representative for designer eyewear.

Now, she’s helping others in the corporate world reduce stress – she facilitates workshops focusing on stress reduction and relaxation techniques. She also teaches yoga and meditation at several country clubs, facilitates specialty workshops once a month at yoga studios and works with individuals privately.