Kelly began her yoga journey in 2002 and attended her first yoga certification at Bikram Yoga Teacher Training in Los Angeles, California in the Spring of 2003. She began to teach yoga in her native Northern-California and went on to teach across the country, spending most of her time in New York City, Boston and Tahoe. Through the years Kelly has attended countless yoga trainings, studied under several teachers and has landed in Grass Valley, California.
In addition to her credentials and studies in the yoga world, Kelly attended University of Oregon for her undergraduate degrees in Advertising and Organizational Development. She went on to get her certification as an Integrative Nutritionist from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition which was at the time affiliated with Columbia University. She also holds a certificate from the Institute for the Psychology of Eating as a counselor in the modalities they embrace and study.
She is now the proud owner of Warmth Studios bringing hot yoga and INFERNO pilates to the Gold Country of California. In the Spring of 2010 Kelly was attracted to Bikram Yoga Grass Valley Nevada City because of the wonderful and dedicated clientele, the positive community feeling, the studio ambiance and the beautiful area that surrounds it. She purchased the studio and has gone on to grow it into the facility and sanctuary we practice at today. As a practitioner, instructor and studio owner, her goal is to provide an atmosphere where you are challenged and given the confidence and motivation to achieve the results you desire. She truly believes that everyone and anyone can benefit from what we offer at Warmth.
Since 2002, yoga and INFERNO pilates has brought solace and comfort to Kelly as she has grown up in the hot room. With a consistent practice in Bikram, Yin and INFERNO, she has gotten through the trials and tribulations of life from heartbreak, the stresses of living in the corporate world and injuries. In 2008 Kelly was running her third marathon in Sacramento and walked off the course on mile 18. It was determined that she had broken through the cartilage in her right hip while also receiving a hairline fracture to her femur. She headed straight to the yoga room and fell in love with yoga in a whole new way. She would spend time in the yoga room each day, taking care of herself, often times practicing in a chair or propped up against the back wall. It took time and patience. Kelly believes the yoga is a major reason her hip injury continues to heal and why she has avoided surgery.
When not at the studio Kelly is spending time at her family ranch with her husband and children. She loves to travel, to walk her dog, and she gives a pretty darn good hug. If you see her at the studio, take her up on a hug, you won’t regret it.
Where is your favorite place to spend time in Nevada County
(other than Warmth of course)?
I’m lucky to live in a pretty amazing little valley in South County. Our family home and property is my sanctuary. Day by day my husband and I are building a life that resembles the life of retreat. We are so fortunate and blessed.
What makes you feel warm and fuzzy about our studio?
I am proud of the compassion and heart that our studio community has cultivated. The space we hold for one another is unparalleled in Nevada County.
Why do you like it hot?
The detoxifying properties of our hot room has become something that my body craves. I can no longer imagine a life where I don’t sweat on a daily basis. I love myself some sweat.
What is your favorite fruit?
Blueberries. Hands down. No question about it.
What’s your most prized possession?
My blankee. I was given my blankee by my Grandmother the day I was born and have slept with it every night since for the most part. As the years have worn and torn it, it now resides on the bedpost and I use a portion of the satin that fell off as my book marker.