Yoga connected me to the strength and spirit that dwells inside of me, inside everyone. In the summer of 2009 I decided to become a yoga instructor by enrolling in Corepower Yoga’s 200 hour teacher training program in Denver, CO. Shortly after, I moved to Seattle and started teaching. I have been teaching continuously for over three years now.
Each class has a focus ranging from specific anatomy like hamstrings, or to something broad like “letting go.” The pace and difficulty level of the class is determined by the group of students. A dialogue happens between each body in class and it is best to welcome a little spontaneity on the mat.
Riding my bicycle around the beautiful hills of Seattle has cultivated strength in my body and passion in my heart. I believe that yoga and bicycling greatly inform each other on both physical and mental level. Both are great tools for connecting people to their bodies and the present. I want to take my yoga out of the studio and put it on the bike path. It is my hope to bring yoga to more bike rides and riders, showing them how to stretch without a mat and even using your bicycle as a prop.
“There is a wide range of ages and body types that come into class and Kelli always makes sure everyone is comfortable while tailoring her lessons to everyone’s ability. She is a naturally adaptive teacher, providing coexistence with different levels of ability while still keeping it challenging. After all, even the basics of yoga can be forever worked upon! I learn new things about basic positions every lesson….no matter the weather or overall mood of people coming in — we always leave feeling happier and at ease.”
¨I started taking the evening yoga class with Kelli back in Sept 2009 and fell in love. This was my first time doing yoga and I had no idea what to expect. Kelli was wonderful as an instructor for a beginner. She took her time to explain the poses and worked with me individually to make sure I was performing each pose to the best of my capabilities. When more advanced individuals joined our class, she quickly tailored the class to meet their needs as well.
I would highly recommend Kelli to anyone interested in yoga, beginner or advanced!¨
“I highly recommend this class, it is thorough, relaxing and challenging. There is no feeling of competition, Kelli is there for us, she walks around and offers adjustments to poses as well as incorporating suggestions for modifications in her instructions. The class varies from week to week and we are asked what areas need special attention. Kelli is a wealth of knowledge with an down-to-earth style of instruction.”
¨When I first started learning yoga, I found Kelli’s class to be very inviting. She teaches in a way that allows me to push myself to new levels while remaining aware and accepting of any limitations that I might be experiencing. After each class, I leave feeling both relaxed and invigorated, having discovered new balance in what could otherwise be a hectic and strenuous day.¨
“I studied some very purist yoga during my time in Maharashtra, India, and when I walked into Kelli’s class, I thought I was at least an intermediate student. Kelli surprised me, in a wonderful way. It was at once challenging, spiritual, releasing, and powerful class. I was pleasantly sore – and newly knowledgeable – the next day, and I can’t wait to go back.
She offers individual attention to everyone, and still manages to maintain a whole class with varying levels. I would highly recommend taking a class with Kelli.¨
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200 hour Yoga Teaching Certificate, Corepower in Denver, CO 2009
CPR Certified, American Heart Association Denver, 2009
Registered Yoga Teacher, Yoga Alliance 2009-2011
Sacred Anatomy Workshop at Seattle Yoga Arts Feb 2012
Hosted Yoga Retreat at Doe Bay, May 2011
Pranayama Workshop, Yoga Tree in Seattle 2010
Strictly Seattle Dance Intensive, Velocity 2010
I deeply thank all of my yoga students, teachers, friends and family for supporting me in this passion.
I would also like to thank all of the amazing bike shops, collectives and cyclist organizations for encouraging cycling as a more viable and life-affirming mode of transportation and enjoyment. I also would like to thank every one who rides a bike, because bikes are awesome!