Kelly J. Larson, MA, PhDc
Scholar, Author, Teacher, Transformational Consultant
Kelly is the director of the Center for the Study of Yoga and Health, owner of Breathe into Balance, and founder of the Power Yin Yoga tradition. A highly experienced transformational consultant, Yoga and meditation instructor, speaker, author, and scholar, she is regarded as one of the world’s top private Yoga instructors. She integrates Yoga teachings from many master teachers around the globe, and offers Yoga retreats, workshops, and private sessions internationally. Her Yoga certification was completed in India, where she returns to lead retreats.
Kelly teaches Yoga as a transformational tool. She loves helping people one-on-one, and despite her busy schedule continues to work globally with as many clients as possible both in person and through virtual consultations. Kelly resides in South Florida, and when not traveling also teaches a few select classes.
At the Center for the Study of Yoga and Health, Kelly and other scholars evaluate cutting edge scientific research involving Yoga and health. The center works tirelessly to find the best of these studies, test them, and produce instructional programs for Yoga teachers to get their benefits out into the world.
On a personal level, Breathe Into Balance is the venue Kelly uses to do this through her network of elite private teachers. Kelly started Breathe Into Balance to create a model for how to bring maximally effective, safe, and enjoyable private Yoga instruction to the public. Since it exploded onto the scene it has trained Yoga instructors around the world and partnered with best-of-class Yoga instructors as full and part time affiliated teachers in many cities. Breathe Into Balance broke new ground in the Yoga world by training teachers to offer scientifically based and individually tailored sessions that addressed clients’ unique physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual needs.
Power Yin Yoga is the expression of Kelly’s passion for transformation in practice. Through it she helps clients and students understand that realization comes from going deeper into the body rather than by escaping it. “Power” refers to the depth and length of time postures are held. It’s a physically intense practice, steeped in a deeply meditative experience. “Yin” refers to the quality of softness and opening that emerges through every breath to produce change. Power Yin Yoga combines these two elements to find physical intensity in the depth and length of time postures are held, all within in a trusting, restorative, and meditative experience. It is a deeply satisfying practice that leaves you with a uniquely alive and grateful feeling in your body, heart, and mind.
In the academic world, Kelly has studied transformation for a number of years. She received her MA in Integral Transformation from Prescott College, and is a PhD candidate in the field of Transformative Studies at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco. Kelly’s doctoral research focuses on the scientific study of enlightenment.
Kelly has taught Yoga and other transformational retreats, workshops, and classes nationally and internationally for the last 10 years. She has taught at the high school, college, and graduate school levels. Through her teaching and life, she fuels her passions for supporting transformation, connecting people with the natural world, and helping at-risk teenagers. To Kelly all of this is about helping people come more alive.