Kelly discovered yoga after moving from Melbourne to Byron Bay when she was 21 years old. Upon taking her first class, she knew that yoga was home for her. Kelly went on to take her 200 hour Teacher Training in Ishta Yoga with Rachel Zinman in Byron Bay. From there, she started travelling and offered yoga classes as she moved around; teaching in various spaces from jungle shalas at The Sanctuary in Thailand, to slick city studios in downtown Vancouver.Kelly has been fortunate enough to practice and train with some incredible global yoga teachers including Shiva Rae, Ana Forest, Janet Stone and Amy Ipotili. She has completed advanced training courses and immersions with Delamay Devi in Prana Vinyasa, and with Rose Baudin and Tahl Rinksy in Subtle Yoga Practices, as well as studying extensively online with Stephanie Snyder and Kathryn Budig.
Kelly's passion for yoga can be experienced through her classes that focus on finding grace and ease through the union of movement and breath. She has a deep love for Vinyasa Yoga and finds joy in offering creatively sequenced classes that allow you to let go of the mind and let the practice take over.
Kelly is also a certified Holistic Health Coach, Plant-Based Chef and Author and has worked at yoga studios, detox centres and women's retreats all over the world. Her passion for writing has allowed her work to be published in Yoga Journal, Australian Yoga Life and a wide array of online yoga and wellness publications.
Getting to know the Zenko Team
Do you have a mantra/quote that you often turn to?
"Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors for you where there were only walls."
How do you fill up your love tank?
I love taking lots of solo time, especially solo time in nature. I try and escape into the National park or the beach most days and I always find this brings me joy and balance. I'm a real morning bird so watching the sunrise is also a daily ritual that fills me up for the day ahead. Other than that, my kitchen and yoga mat are my two happy places.
What advice would you give someone wondering whether to try yoga for the first time?
Let go of all the reasons and scenarios you have in your mind about what could go wrong, and fill your mind with all the possibilities that a single yoga class can open up for you. I've seen so, so many lives positively change by stepping through that door and onto the mat for the first time. I think it's also worth remembering that people come to yoga for a myriad of reasons, and in turn, everyone gets different things from the practice. Therefore, starting the yoga journey with no expectations really allows the magic of yoga to come and greet you where you are at. Let go, breathe and enjoy the ride. x