Kelly Fisher, C-IAYT, E-RYT 500, YACEP, believes in the physical and spiritual healing power of yoga, and aims to empower her students to live fully and freely by achieving balance through her challenging yet calming instruction. Her style is rooted in many years of meditation practice and her multidisciplinary study of hatha yoga, yoga therapy, tantric philosophy and ayurveda. She was one of the first in the country to earn a Yoga Therapist certification from the International Association of Yoga Therapists and she emphasizes proper alignment so that her students can efficiently release tension while also building energy and strength. She has been a Registered Yoga Teacher since 2002 and a Certified Yoga Therapist since 2016. In 2017 she earned her certifications as a Yoga for Healthy Aging teacher from Baxter Bell and as an Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist from the Himalayan Institute. Through practice of yoga asana and breath work, her students are gently guided to deeper places within their own hearts, bodies, and minds so that underlying knowledge and strength can manifest in their daily lives.

Therapeutic Focus

Yoga to reduce anxiety; Yoga for arthritis and osteoporosis; Yoga for a healthy back and joint issues; Yoga for healthy aging; Yoga to improve strength, flexibility, and balance; Yoga for healing

Teaching Locations

Kelly teaches classes and workshops at Yoga Center of Columbia, online, and in Cheverly, Maryland. She co-teaches the Yoga Immersion and Teacher Training program at Yoga Center of Columbia. She hosts retreats both regionally and internationally and has taken yogis to Costa Rica, France, and India. She also offers private, therapeutic yoga in and around the DC metro area.

A Note About Yoga Therapy (from

Yoga therapists draw from the principles of yoga and the full range of yogic practices and assessment skills, as well as familiarity with biomedical and psychological foundational knowledge. Yoga therapists work with the client to develop and implement a self-empowering therapeutic plan appropriate to the client’s needs and oriented around prevention and health promotion. Ask me how I can help you.

Yoga therapy is the professional application of the principles and practices of yoga to promote health and well being within a therapeutic relationship that includes personalized assessment, goal-setting, lifestyle management, and yoga practices for individuals or small groups. The yoga tradition views each human being as a multidimensional system that includes numerous aspects—including body, breath, and mind (intellect and emotions)—and their mutual interaction. Yoga therapy is founded on the basic principle that intelligent practice can positively influence the direction of change within these human dimensions, which are distinct from an individual’s unchanging nature or spirit. The goals of yoga therapy include eliminating, reducing, and/or managing symptoms that cause suffering; improving function; helping to prevent the occurrence or re-occurrence of underlying causes of illness; and moving toward improved health and well-being.