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Yoga & Pilates Instructor, E-RYT 200

“If you think that you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito.” – Dalai Lama

I believe that yoga classes are co-created by teacher and student, and that the relationship between the two to create community is the foundation for a yoga practice. Coming from a background in the heated Vinyasa tradition with dance movement principles and a peppering of Pilates and Forrest influences, my classes invite in a balance of intuitive play with alignment and core strengthening. In my own practice, I am fascinated with the breath and learning how to shape it within the body while also finding ways to turn down the volume on active busy brain to find greater clarity, calm and tap into my power and intuitive abilities.  I encourage students to be vulnerable in their practice and in their lives, to be an explorer in their bodies through the movement and the breath. Thereby recognizing our inner strength, energy source and innate wisdom.

The structure for my classes typically follow a foundational standing pose series focusing on core engagement as well as neck, jaw and shoulder releases and often adding in hip strength and opening plus back bending. All classes are structured to allow students to move between strength and surrender regularly throughout class and explore what happens to mind, body, spirit in those moments of challenge and rest. It is this constant inquiry from the big questions of purpose and why are we here to...how open are my hips right now, how does my body need to move in this moment and how can I surrender my ego...that keep me coming back to my mat and fuel me to hold space for others in their own explorations and inquiries. My hope is that I can encourage and facilitate growth in those that practice with me by cultivating a willingness to be vulnerable, to authentically connect, and to step into the risk of being fully seen. I remind myself and students regularly that we are all here for each other, for connection, for community and to experience love, which starts with ourselves and our own self care.

I teach multiple formats including restorative, heated, Forrest-inspired, Vinyasa flow, alignment/foundations, and Pilates-inspired movement classes. I completed my RYT 200 at Sacred Studio Brooklyn under the teachings of Dara Cole and Stephanie Battle. Always the student, I've continued my training in Forrest-inspired movement with Abby Dobbs and Jambo Truong. I am a pre-certified birth doula with ProDoula, combining prenatal yoga from the ISHTA yoga lineage, as well as Yoga Nidra techniques with yoga master in the ISHTA lineage, Mona Anand. I am a Pilates instructor for Mat and Reformer certified through Balanced Body. I earned my E-RYT 200 (experienced yoga teacher completing 1,000 hours of instruction) in 2017.

I count myself as both a Washingtonian and New Yorker and currently reside in the Bedstuy neighborhood of Brooklyn, NY with a lovable and quirky mutt named Berkeley.


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Qualifications / Certifications

  • 3-day CEU Yoga Nidra Teacher Training with Mona Anand New York, NY November 2017 Ishta Yoga

  • Pilates Reformer 1 Ÿ McLean, VA ŸJune 2017 ŸBalanced Body

  • 5-day CEU Forrest Yoga Immersion Program with Jambo Truong ŸWashington, DC ŸApril 2017

  • Shakti Inspired Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training Intensive with April Puciata ŸWashington, DC ŸJune 2016

  • Birth and Postpartum Doula ŸAnnapolis, MD ŸJuly 2016 ŸProDoula

  • Pilates Mat Instructor ŸColumbia, MD ŸNovember 2016 ŸBalanced Body

  • RYT-200, Licensed Yoga Instructor with Yoga AllianceŸ Brooklyn, NY ŸFebruary 2015 ŸSacred Studio

  • Adult and Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED Certified

Additional Training

  • Working with the Four Directions with Jerusha Rone  Washington, DC Ÿ September 2017

  • Anatomy and Sequencing with Abby Dobbs Ÿ Washington, DC Ÿ April 2016

  • The Design of Forrest Yoga: Trauma Informed with Heidi Sormaz PhD Ÿ Washington, DC Ÿ February 2016

  • Intro to Thai Yoga Massage with Renée Rice Ÿ New York, NY Ÿ June 2015

  • Hands-On Assisting for Teachers with Denise Hopkins Ÿ New York, NY Ÿ May 2015 & April 2018

Registrations / Insurance

  • Yoga Alliance Member since April 2015

  • Liability Insurance via Yoga Alliance, Alliant YogaPro Insurance for Yoga Instruction

  • Postpartum Care Provider/Doula Occurrence Coverage, CM&F Group medical liability coverage

Education

  • The College of William & Mary Ÿ Williamsburg, VA Ÿ May 2004 Ÿ B.A. in English, Literary & Cultural Studies Minor

Fun Fact

  • In addition to teaching yoga, Pilates, and mindfulness, I also own and operate a brand consulting business offering brand strategy, positioning, copywriting and creative direction services. To learn more please visit kellyaberry.com.


To get in touch please email me at berry.kelly@gmail.com or use the form below.

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