Meet the Team

 
 
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Kelly

RPYT, E-RYT, CCCE, CLC, MA

Teaching prenatal yoga has deeply transformed and shaped my life journey. During my 14 years of teaching prenatal yoga, I have come to realize how profound yoga can be in helping expecting mothers - not only with the physical and emotional ups and downs of pregnancy, but also in coping with the challenges of labor, postpartum adjustments, breastfeeding and beyond.

My classes include a strong focus on pelvic floor awareness, a connection to the breath and ways to find space, stability and comfort during pregnancy and beyond. I support my students in gaining a deeper understanding of the physical, emotional, and spiritual changes of pregnancy, as well as the importance of honoring the body’s needs during each trimester. However, my ultimate goal is to encourage women to fully embrace their innate power and awesome ability to grow, nurture and birth babies from that deep maternal place of "knowing”.  I have worked with many hundreds of expecting couples since I began this work well over a decade ago. As I continue to witness the profound and awesome nature of birth first-hand, my dedication to this work has only grown and deepened.

I am the proud mom of three sons and a new grandson. I was initially drawn to work in this field as a result of my personal experiences of pregnancy and birth while living on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. However, when I caught my niece while supporting my sister’s birth in 2006, I knew beyond doubt that I was on a new path.

I began teaching prenatal yoga classes as well as Yoga for Labor & Delivery workshops in 2005. In 2008, I began training yoga teachers for certification in Yoga for Labor & Delivery and Prenatal Yoga. Soon thereafter developed the Adapting Asana for Prenatal Yoga Students workshops and began mentoring birth doulas throughout the tri-state area. I hold a Master’s Degree in Medical Anthropology and Medical Geography and have an extensive background in staff development, technical writing and training. I have additional yoga certifications in postnatal, restorative, yin, hatha yoga, and reiki (level 2). I am a trained birth doula trained by DONA, certified childbirth educator and registered prenatal yoga teacher.