Yoga & Pilates Instructor, RYT-200
“If you think that you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito.” – Dali Lama
Kelly Berry believes 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, Kelly’s classes invite in a balance of intuitive play with alignment and core strengthening. In her own practice, she is 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 her power source. Kelly encourages students to be vulnerable in their practice and in their lives, to be an explorer in their bodies through the movement and the breath and recognize an inner strength, energy source and wisdom that we all possess.
Her classes often follow a foundational standing pose series complete with hip and heart openers 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 and how can I support myself in this moment’ that keeps Kelly coming back to her mat, to hold space for others in their own life adventures and inquiries, and to encourage us all to continue to take the risk of being fully seen. Kelly reminds herself and students regularly that we are all here for each other, for connection, for community and to experience love, which starts with ourselves.
Kelly Berry teaches restorative, heated, Forrest-inspired, and Vinyasa flow classes at Kali and other locations in the DC area. She trained with Mona Anand yoga master in the ISHTA lineage of yoga for yoga nidra and completed her RYT 200-hr at yoga, movement and meditation studio, Sacred under the teachings of Dara Cole and Stephanie Battle. Kelly has continued her yoga studies with a 15-hr prenatal training from the ISHTA lineage, a 40-hr Forrest immersion training, and is very close to receiving her E-RYT. She is also a certified doula and Pilates instructor.
Kelly is both a Washingtonian and New Yorker and currently lives in the Navy Yards area of DC with her adorable and quirky dog named Berkeley.
Qualifications / Certifications
RYT-200, Licensed Yoga Instructor with Yoga Alliance New York, NY February 2015 Sacred Studio, Brooklyn
3-day CEU Yoga Nidra Teacher Training with Mona Anand New York, NY November 2017 Ishta Yoga
Pilates Reformer 1 McLean, VA June 2017 Balanced Body
5-day CEU Forrest Yoga Immersion Program with Jambo Truong Washington, DC April 2017
Shakti Inspired Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training Intensive with April Puciata Washington, DC June 2016
Birth and Postpartum Doula Annapolis, MD July 2016 ProDoula
Pilates Mat Instructor Columbia, MD November 2016 Balanced Body
Adult and Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED Certified
Working with the Four Directions with Jerusha Rone Washington, DC September 2017
Anatomy and Sequencing with Abby Dobbs Washington, DC April 2016
The Design of Forrest Yoga: Trauma Informed with Heidi Sormaz PhD Washington, DC February 2016
Intro to Thai Yoga Massage with Renée Rice New York, NY June 2015
Hands-On Assisting for Teachers with Denise Hopkins New York, NY May 2015
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
- The College of William & Mary Williamsburg, VA May 2004 B.A. in English, Literary & Cultural Studies Minor
Other Marketing Experience
- When I’m not teaching yoga or Pilates, I'm a marketing brand strategist and writer for small businesses. Check out my consulting website to learn more, kellyaberry.com.
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