If you mixed a stand up comic with a rebel poet you would get close to describing what Kelly does as a motivator of humans. This wild spirit shouts from the rooftops that we all need more silence and softness in our lives. She has been teaching yoga for over a decade in Charleston SC. She is co-owner and creative director of Mission Yoga where she teaches, leads the Mindful Vinyasa Teacher Training Program, and maintains a Rolfing practice. Her mixture of anatomical knowledge and eastern philosophy make her classes modern and playful, but always steeped in reverence for the ancient tradition of yoga that they stem from.
200 hour Power Yoga Training 2004
20 hour Hot Yoga Training 2005
200 hour Y.A. Ashtanga Yoga Teacher Training 2006
Yin Yoga training Sarah Powers 2008
Certified Rolfer 2011
Get to know me:
DESCRIBE YOUR UNIQUE VALUE ADD AS A TEACHER. WHAT ABOUT YOUR STYLE MAKES YOU STAND OUT?
I teach a balanced blend of yin and yang postures called Sarayana Yoga, that provides the framework for refining the more subtle elements of practice, including breath, energetics, and embodied Toaist and yogic philosophy. . Techniques that are soothing and grounding are prioritized in order to stabilize stressed nervous systems and build on that base of calm towards dynamic work that is stimulating and transformative.
Precise anatomical cuing is countered with poetic guidance to evoke the organic movement of the animal body. Ultimately, yoga asana must break the mold of rigid styles in order to uncover the intuitive and spontaneous expression of the individual. I draw inspiration from non-traditional sources like bollywood dance, modern dance, Rolf Movement, Feldenkrais method, and primal re-patterning. Nothing falls outside of the realm of yoga for me….nothing is really taboo or sacrosanct as long as our intention is clear.
TELL US ABOUT YOUR INTENTION IN BEING A PART OF THE LOCAL COLLECTIVE OF GATHERYOGA?
The yoga of crisis brought me to my mat. Just like Arjuna in the Gita I was torn between my gifts and my fears. I was a young woman struggling with my identity and ability to care for my self in a sustainable way( that’s a nice way of saying that I was a hot mess). After briefly pursuing an acting career and getting lost in substances and loud music, I washed up on my yoga mat. As a theatre major and a dancer I had already felt the power of a mind/body connection but the healing I felt through yoga rocked my life. Up until that point, I lived in my head. I was neurotic and hyper critical of every one and everything, including myself. When I began to dwell in the real experiences of my body more and more I felt my head and heart aligning.
WHAT INSPIRES YOU TO TEACH?
After that first fateful class, I knew in my bones I wanted to teach. I felt a resonance with the practice...my inner voice stirred...said, here it is, that thing you half know to be true...here it is...I just said yes. I assumed I would become a teacher in some distant future but instead I was invited to intern at my studio and was leading classes soon after. My teacher challenged me to step up. He gave me his knowledge and then set me loose to experiment. Yoga has always been such a personal experiment for me...such a journey. Why do I teach? It is my way to love...to offer up a gift to the greater good. When I'm teaching I slip in to a very relaxed and focused groove where my creative juice flows easily. It's a pleasure to be with my students and share the experience. I want students to become wise body dwellers who see every moment of their lives as creative process. I see people struggling so hard to make sense of their lives...working long hours, filling up "down time" with substances and distraction, striving to be beautiful and young for ever. Yoga has the remedy to our modern disease of emptiness and exhaustion. I believe every one should have the opportunity to find their ease.