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Meet Bailey Kenward of Primal Motivation

Today we’d like to introduce you to Bailey Kenward. 

Hi Bailey, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
As a new yoga student, I was afraid that I might not fit the typical picture of a yoga practitioner. I was afraid that everyone would talk about this “fat” girl trying to do yoga. I wanted to go to class so badly that I tried the class anyways figuring it couldn’t be THAT bad. I was so very wrong. Everyone was too busy on their own journey to care if I was yoga model perfect. 

This was the first step toward the birth of my awakening and what eventually would become Primal Motivation. Since then, I have pushed beyond what society has told me I should be physically, mentally, and spiritually. I have found my inner light. 

I took that momentum and created a yoga studio focused on inclusivity. My intent is to offer a welcoming environment where people from all walks of life can explore their practice. 

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
My biggest struggle so far has been imposter syndrome and social media. I am normally a person who is a helper, the person in the background helping out but being front and center teaching has really pushed me out of my shell and made me work on my confidence. Going along with being front and center, I have never really been involved with social media. Since social media is a big part of promoting my business, I felt very overwhelmed learning how to use it for my benefit. I have grown so much by facing these challenges. 

Great, so let’s talk business. Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
At Primal Motivation, we specialize in being an inclusive space for everyone to practice yoga. 

I hold certifications in Yoga Nidra and Restorative Yoga. This allows me to offer classes focusing on the softer side of yoga and help people heal from the busy world around us. To be able to let go and turn inwards for reflection. During the fall and winter, I host a yoga book club where we combine movement and discussion time. 

I am one of only a couple of studios in Grand Rapids that offer these classes and I keep furthering my education to provide the best classes for my students. 

What was your favorite childhood memory?
One of my favorite memories as a child is when I would spend Saturday afternoons baking with my grandma. The love of baking has continued into adulthood. I often share my treats with my students during yoga book club. 


  • $20 for a drop-in class
  • $179 for a 10-class pack

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Tyler Robbins
Lauryn Robbins

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