Kelly Colln MSEd, CYT 1,000 C-IAYT
Kelly is a Certified Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT) through the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT). She uses compassion and humor to guide her students as they explore their highest physical, emotional, and spiritual potential. She is dedicated to working with students experiencing chronic pain.
Kelly taught at Missouri Southern State University in their Teacher Education program. She brings her vast knowledge of education techniques to positions of Co-Director of Curriculum for Kansas City Yoga Teacher Training and also Curriculum Director of the KU Medical Center Low Back Pain and Yoga Studies.
Kelly's main focus is private sessions, as well as, training and mentoring new teachers. She teaches many classes such as Alignment Based Vinyasa (prana) Flow, Therapeutic inspired classes, The Great Yoga Wall, kids and restorative yoga.
She loves introducing new students to the joys of yoga as they experience its healing benefits through the transformation of their bodies, minds, and spirits. She is well-versed in the therapeutic benefits of yoga, working with many students healing from injuries or wanting to learn more about the deeper dimensions of yoga.
Kelly believes in the importance of forming a yoga community (kula) and surrounding oneself with people who practice yoga on and off the mat in their daily lives. Kelly's classes incorporate pranayam, meditation, Asana, deep relaxation and Yogic Philosophy aligning the sacred with everyday life.
Kelly completed her 200 hour certification under Gina Caputo of Kansas Siddhi Yoga. She completed her Therapeutic inspired training at the Yoga School of Therapeutics. She has also taken teacher training with Max Strom and Judith Lasater. She is certified to teach restorative yoga under Judith Lasater and has spent time assisting Judith in yoga teacher trainings. She studied mantra yoga with the late Thomas Ashley Farrand, Yoga for Scoliosis and low back pain with Elise Miller, and Yoga Therapeutics with Doug Keller. She has also taken workshops and teacher trainings with Shiva Rea, Rod Stryker, Sadie Nardini, Jamie Elmer, and Donna Farhi,.Paula Tortelino Self, and Dr. Ray Long.
Kelly is also a Wholistic Energy Healer (WEH).
An Interview with Kelly Colln C-IAYT
Why Did You Choose To Become A Yoga Therapist?
Sciatica: My Path To Yoga Began As Someone Suffering With Debilitating Chronic Pain Resulting From A Back Injury. At It's Worst, During The Night I Would Get On My Hands And Knees And Bang My Head On The Floor Screaming To Make It Go Away. If The Unrelenting Drumbeat Of Unending Chronic Pain Is Not Something You Have Experienced, It Is Beyond Difficult To Understand The Anxiety, Frustration, And Depression Arising From It. I Found Relief Through A Variety Of Modalities, And Yoga Was The Major Player.
Chemotherapy: I Am A Hepatitis C Survivor. The Treatments Included Two Year Long Regimens Of A Cocktail Of Interferon And Other Drugs. The Chemo Almost Killed Me, Leaving Me Mentally Confused, Brain Fogged And Suffering From Adrenal Fatigue. The Chemo Healed Hepatitis C And Restorative Yoga Saved Brought Me Back To Life. I Give Humble Credit To My Teacher, Judith Hanson Lasater, And Her Groundbreaking Work, For This.
Addiction And Recovery: Lastly, But Most Proudly, I Am Sober 28 Years. There Is Absolutely NO WAY I Would Have Accomplished This Without The Foundation Of AA. The Twelve Steps Of AA Taught Me How To Recover. The Ten Yamas And Niyamas Of Yoga Taught Me How To Live.
What Is Your Greatest Strength And Area Of Focus As A Yoga Therapist?
My Own Healing Journey Is My Greatest Strength.
If You Came To Me With Chronic Pain, I KNOW Your Journey.
If You Come To Me With Chronic Anxiety, I KNOW Your Journey.
If You Have An Autoimmune Issue That Leaves You Foggy And Confused, I KNOW Your Journey
If You Are Suffering With An Endless Loop Of Addictive Behaviors, The Devastating Effects Of Your Choices, I KNOW Your Journey.
I Am On The Other Side Now, Extending A Helping Hand And The Opportunity To Choose Something Different. There Are Other Options.
You Might Still Have Chronic Pain, Anxiety, Auto Immune Issues Or Addictions. You Will Leave KC Yoga Therapy's Center With The Tools And Resources To Manage Live Your Life In A New And Different Way.
SO, If You Are Tired Of Living Like You Are Living, Come See Me, Share Your Story. My Greatest Tools As A Yoga Therapist Are Experience, Strength And Hope And I Gladly Share Them With You.