About Kelli Blount

I did not begin practicing yoga until after college. Maybe it was my sedentary desk job, or the uncomfortable transition from student to professional, but something in my life drew me to try a yoga class at my gym. At first, it brought me exercise, relaxation and fun, but over time, it began to effect every aspect of my life. I find that the more I practice yoga, the more in tune I become with my body, mind and heart. As a result, I begin to crave experiences that enrich my life, rather than those that degrade it. As I aligned my body through yoga, my life seemed to fall into greater alignment with my truest goals.

I decided to enroll in teacher training before I decided to teach yoga. It seemed to be the ideal way to learn about yoga beyond the physical practice. But the more I learned, the more I wanted to share what I had learned. And the harder I searched for my vision of my ideal yoga class, the more I realized that my vision was unique and I could fill a niche by offering it.

My greatest challenge is in overcoming my busy mind, which is so often overcrowded with thoughts. Flowing with breath in a vinyasa style yoga practice keeps my body focused while releasing my mind, and so my classes tend to contain a good amount of movement. However, I find that for the flow to be meditative motion, I need a good amount of centering and gradual increase in energy before the meat of the flow. Likewise, I like to follow that energy release with deep stretching, relaxation and contemplation, as it seems to be the time that my mind is most receptive to it.

A good yoga class, for me, is like a good story or song. Building intrigue and gathering depth, it leads up to a powerful peak, and then resolves gradually into a satisfying conclusion. I find music to be a wonderful guide for this journey, and love integrating it into my classes and my personal practice!

Some of my inspirations include Shiva Rea, Seane Corn, Erich Schiffman, T.K.V. Desikachar, and my wonderful yogi and yogini peers and students, who I am continually learning from!

"Breathe and all will be revealed, love and all will be healed. This is yoga."

Seane Corn

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