Kelli started practicing yoga in 1998 when she joined Yoga East. For years she benefited from a variety of excellent instructors (Laura Spaulding, Karen Strobel, Paul Long and Kim Esteran) and workshops (Sharath Rangaswamy, David Swenson and John Friend). She obtained her 200-hour Hatha yoga certification from Yoga East in 2003. Her teacher training taught her more about discipline of practice, the value of mantras and meditation and the beauty of early morning mysore practice.
In 2009, Kelli moved to Wisconsin in search of a new direction in life. Her yoga practice sustained her through many transitions and challenges. She taught Ashtanga yoga for three years at a local YMCA. She created and taught a workshop titled “The Art of Yoga” to 25 high school seniors, incorporating art expression, yoga and guided meditation, which planted the seed of the idea for her future LLC.
Upon her return home to Louisville in January 2012, she has gratefully returned to Yoga East as a student. She started her own part-time business of art expression and yoga, titled Kelli’s Art of Yoga in 2013. For several years she has taught yoga part-time for a variety of studios and fitness centers, including Baptist East/Milestone Fitness, Yoga on Baxter, Atria of St. Matthews, several churches and private clients.
Kelli brings humor, compassion and a sincere interest in exploring the healing powers of yoga with others and she feels deep respect and reverence for Laura Spaulding, our yoga lineage and the opportunity to teach at Yoga East again.