Kelly A. Hurley realized the transformative power of yoga when she began her practice at the suggestion of a physician in 2009, after the onset of debilitating health challenges including six spinal surgeries, two spinal fusions, Fibromyalgia, connective tissue and autoimmune conditions, and severe and significant hearing loss resulting in her need of hearing aids. The physical transformation, as well as the restoration of spirit, solidified Kelly’s decision to change career paths and become a yoga teacher.
“Yoga saved my life. The practice of asana led to a healthier physical body, but the practice of yoga—the journey—created an emotionally whole person again by aligning my mind, body, and spirit.”
An Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT-200) with Yoga Alliance, Kelly's certifications, training and teaching focus is in Adaptive and Accessible Yoga, Yin Yoga and Beginner and Intermediate Hatha Yoga, but she is also certified in Hot Yoga, Hot Power Fusion, and Power Vinyasa. She is currently working toward her Opening Yoga Instructor certification with her teacher Matthew Sanford, preeminent teacher of Adaptive Yoga and founder of the non-profit Mind Body Solutions in Minnetonka, Minnesota. Additionally, she studies Yoga Anatomyunder Leslie Kaminoff in New York City. She continues her studies so that her teaching remains rooted most deeply in safety, alignment, and the mind-body connection.
Kelly loves teaching yoga to anyone who steps on their mat, but she is particularly passionate about working with individuals living with disabilities, as well as beginners and those who may think yoga is not for them or are intimidated by the practice due to their own personal challenges, such as weight, physical or mental health issues, and injuries.
“Yoga is a practice, a journey—not an end goal. It is just like everyone’s life path, unique and different, with weaknesses and strengths. One’s personal yoga practice follows this same philosophy—no two yogis will look alike, nor will their practice be the same, and it too will have ebbs and flows. That should bring us to our mats, not keep us from our yoga journey. It is my ultimate goal to help everyone come to their mat and take that first step.”
Teaching from a place of understanding, empathy, and compassion, Kelly is thorough in her instruction: ensuring the safety of her students, cuing proper alignment to the individual, freely using props in class, and offering modifications. Additionally, Kelly incorporates breathing and meditation methods into her instruction as a means for balancing asana and life on and off the mat.
When not teaching, studying, or planning yoga classes, you can usually find Kelly doting on her beloved special needs pups, pulling weeds in the garden (a meditative practice), running Teddy’s Heart, a non-profit she founded, and, on a rare occasion, attempting to cook dinner for her patient and utterly supportive husband, Paul.