Meet Baltimore massage therapist and yoga instructor, Kelly Wilkes.

I was a hot mess!

Rewind to the nineties. I was In my twenties, miserable in my job in New York City. I was exhausted, drained, drinking in bars, smoking cigarettes and gaining weight. Endeavoring to fill an empty space inside, I turned to Diet Dr. Pepper, coffee, food, and over-spending to fill me up. 

Working at my desk, watching people walk by outside, I would think "Why were they so happy and how were they seeming to make their lives work? Do I even deserve happiness? What do they have that I don't?"

All I knew was I wanted what they had. But I had no idea how to get there. I wanted to feel good, but I was just stuck in a low-energy, depressed, low self-esteem state that I couldn’t shake. 

Hot Mess to Hot Mama!

Everything changed the day my co-worker, Emily Elyshevitz, told me about a new technique she had learned called Reiki. It is a form of "energy healing, you know, like laying on of the hands" HUH?

I was totally skeptical but I followed my impulse to try it. Little did I know, this tiny little act made me feel so good that it would open the floodgates of healing that I so needed. I set off on a quest to discover a happy, healthy me that I knew was deep down in there somewhere! 

My Reiki obession led me to discover the power of regular massage, acupuncture, and yoga, Pilates and taking care of my skin naturally. 

I was really taking care of myself for the first time EVER. 

I became a feel-good junkie!

I vowed to do everything I could to never to turn my back on myself again. 

I didn’t realize how much more I was able to give to others by filling up myself first. That little fact changed everything.​ 

I quickly learned that when you nurture your body, you nurture your mind, which allows you to act from your center. Your center is peace and happiness. And without it, you have nothing to give anyone. 

"Call off the search party. I was inside me all along! My hope in creating Ojas was to provide you the opportunity to experience the very things that transformed me. If they could help me, they could help you too!" 

My desire to heal myself and others was my mission! I knew in my bones that I needed to leave my high-stress job to help others learn about the things that were transforming me. I moved home to attend a Baltimore Massage School and ever since then, I have undergone countless hours of trainings for myself and training my staff:

  • Reiki Master
  • Baltimore Massage Therapist
  • Hatha Yoga Instructor
  • Traveled to India to become a Kundalini Yoga and Meditation Instructor
  • Transcendental Meditation Practitioner
  • Emotional Freedom Techniques Practitioner (much more to come on that)! ​

All I ever needed to do was surrender and let my inner guide courageously lead. If you feel the slightest impulse to live a better life, follow it! I am so honored and happy that you will be joining us on this journey! 

Thanks for joining us,

Kelly Wilkes
Ojas Founder
Baltimore Massage Therapist and Yoga Instructor