The Bhagavad Gita is a great tale of bravery and courage. One where five Pandava brothers who represent dharma, or the inherent laws within nature and culture, the innate sense of goodness and right-ness within the world, and the hundred Kaurava brothers who represent greed, hatred, anger, and nihilistic tendency. The odds are stacked against […]
Wayne E. Evans, Ph.D. Licensed Clinical Psychologist, MD#04059
For me, yoga with Kelly was the way back after a traumatic and life-changing event. Nine years ago, my wife and I nearly lost our son during a very challenging birth. The stress that followed took its toll, both physically and psychologically. The instruction Kelly offered enabled me to work through my feelings instead of remaining incarcerated by them. Recurring nightmares turned into restful nights of sleep; tension filled muscles became a more flexible body; and anxious uncertainty transformed into an abiding sense of peace and confidence.
I came back into yoga after years of inactivity due to constant chronic back pain. Kelly provided an ideal mix of helping me to learn safe modifications and still challenging me to do more. She helped me to develop a daily yoga practice at home to compliment our sessions, and checked in with me on what was working or not. It has been transformational.
Kelly is very patient and has a delightful personality that we enjoy spending time with even at 7 am. She is a wonderful instructor. That slight additional tilt or movement of one’s feet that make all the difference rarely escape her attention. We feel relaxed and invigorated after our sessions.
I kept hearing about the benefits of meditation from online articles and other sources. Kelly Fisher has helped me develop my own practice, incorporating my faith and stress relief techniques into my meditation. In just a few private lessons, I have established my own meditation program. Now, I just need to keep it up.
When my back really started bothering me a few years ago Kelly mentioned to me that yoga may help. I went to an orthopedic and PT, they prescribed pills and some exercises which seemed to help right after and for a day or to beyond but not much longer. Finally I followed Kelly’s advice and tried her class. I only wish she had twisted my arm and I had gone sooner. I’m so much better, and when it does act up I now have tools that I can use at home to get back to “normal.”
Yoga has been my salvation. Three years ago I was in excruciating pain and could not even tie my own shoelaces. I was diagnosed with severe stenosis and facet disease. After doctor’s care and approval, I joined Kelly’s yoga class. Within six months I started to see a very marked improvement in my mobility and a reduction in my level of pain. After a year I was in better shape than I had been in the past ten years. Now I am out doing fairly strenuous exercise, contact dance (with care), lots of wild dancing, kayaking and moderate hiking.
Meditation has been part of my life for years, but I need reminders and imposed structure to reinvigorate my practice from time to time. Kelly’s approachability, calm yet enlivening demeanor, and comfort with teaching and course content came through clearly throughout our 6-week session. Thank you Kelly for sharing the gift of yoga and meditation and yourself with all of us.
Influences and More
Rajanaka Yoga, Douglas Brooks
Sally Kempton, Sally Kempton
Open to Grace, Sianna Sherman
Art of Attention, Elena Brower
Yoga Healer (Ayurveda), Cate Stillman
It’s About Yoga, Sort of, Bernadette Birney
Align With Grace, Olga Rasmussen
Very little grows on jagged rock. Be ground. Be crumbled, so wildflowers will come up where you are.