Kelly A. Hurley (kah)
Kelly A. Hurley realized the transformative power of yoga - in mind, body and spirit, after living nearly a year with chronic pain and disease so debilitating she was practically bedridden. It was at her lowest point mentally and physically that her doctor suggested yoga. With time and dedication to her yoga practice, physical healing began, as did the restoration of her spirit.
“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 (YA), as well as a YA continuing education provider (YACEP), Kelly specializes in Adaptive, Accessible, Gentle and Yin Yoga for all bodies. She holds several certifications and accreditations that include Adaptive Yoga, Accessible Yoga, Hot Yoga, Hot Power Fusion, Power Vinyasa, and Yin Yoga. Currently, Kelly is studying to become a Certified Yoga Therapist with Dr. Amy Wheeler of California State University, and is a student in her three-year C-IAYT-Certified 865 Optimal State Yoga Therapy Training Program. Complimenting her Yoga Therapy studies, Kelly is studying with Judith Hanson Lasater in her live online, year-long course, Experiential Anatomy, which Kelly will complete at the end of 2019. Kelly is committed to her ongoing, long-term studies in yoga for arthritis and chronic pain, and is currently under the mentorship of Ann Swanson (MS, C-IAYT, E-RYT 500, LMT) of Yoga for Arthritis (YFA) and author of The Science of Yoga. Finally, in the spring and summer of 2019, Kelly is slated to complete her training in Aqua Yoga for individuals with chronic pain and disease; as well as, receive her Opening Yoga Instructor certification from her teacher Matthew Sanford, preeminent teacher of Adaptive Yoga and founder of the non-profit Mind Body Solutions in Minnesota.
Always very open about her own health challenges, which include - six spinal surgeries, two spinal fusions, a subdural hygroma of the lumbar spine, living with undefined connective tissue and autoimmune disease that resulted in severe and significant hearing loss, anxiety, Fibromyalgia, and permanent neurological issues as a result of contracting West Nile Encephalitis (WNE) in 2014 - Kelly shares her personal health struggles and and the realities that come with them in the spirit of transparency and building a bridge of empathy and understanding with her students and clients who live with physical and mental health challenges that manifest in the form of chronic pain and disease. “It is of the upmost importance to me to be able to establish equality in the student-teacher relationship, and that I am simply their guide in introducing yoga and supporting their practice as another tool in their “health management toolbox.”
Kelly’s passion in working with individuals living with disabilities, chronic pain and disease, PTSD, and other mental health challenges, is rooted in the same philosophy that she has been taught by her teachers, that yoga isn’t about just the physical movement of the body or what the pose looks like, it is about creating sensation, expansion, rhythm, balance, direction, grounding, and most importantly a mind body connection.
"Yoga is a practice that should be accessible and available to everyone. I strive to provide a yoga opportunity to anyone who believes they can't do yoga or their body or mind doesn't work for yoga. These are the people who make up my yoga tribe - supporting, believing in, and loving each other as a community on and off the mat.”
Thorough in her instruction: Kelly ensures the safety of her students, always using props in class, offering modifications and teaching slowly and stopping as necessary to answer questions or take additional time to explain and demonstrate postures. Additionally, Kelly incorporates breathing and meditation methods into all of her instruction as a means for balancing mind and body, a concept of awareness that is crucial in one’s yoga practice and daily life.
“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.”
Prior to her “second life” as a yoga teacher, Kelly graduated from the University of Colorado Boulder, School of Journalism, with a Bachelor of Science in News Editorial Writing and Public Relations. Later, she worked for the Denver Art Museum as their spokeswoman, while also managing short and long-term media relations and advertising for exhibitions and collections, and the opening of the Museum’s $110 million dollar expansion project in 2006. She also oversaw the museum’s internal communications and its employee training program. Additionally, before her health provided the silver lining of her current career as a yoga teacher, Kelly also owned and ran a boutique public relations firm.
Today, in addition to her work on the mat as a teacher, Kelly also works as a writer and public speaker off the mat. She parlays the three to help bring yoga to underserved populations, educates about adaptive and accessible yoga in order to make yoga a reality for all people. She advocates on behalf of those living with chronic pain and health challenges, fighting for understanding, equal rights and access to affordable medical and holistic care.
When Kelly is not on her mat, studying or speaking, she runs the non-profit Teddy’s Heart (a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Corporation) that she founded in memory of her beloved “first-born/rescued” Chihuahua, Teddy. Today, Kelly and her husband live in Erie, Colorado, just outside of Boulder, where their three beloved rescued Chihuahuas - Zoe, Milton and Tohui - who each live with special needs - are official kahYoga mascots and attend every class she teaches, either demonstrating Savasana or Downward Facing Dog for Kelly’s human students.
Kelly is a Yoga Alliance Experienced Yoga Teacher (E-RYT 200) and Continuing Education Provider (YACEP), as well as an Accessible Yoga Ambassador, a member of both the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT) and the National Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA). She is also certified by the American Red Cross in Adult CPR, First Aid, and AED use.
Teacher Training Certifications & Continuing Education
November 2011 (Core Power Yoga, Boulder, CO); 200-Hour Hot Yoga & Hot Power Yoga Teacher Training. Certified RYT 200 November 2011
November 2012 (Core Power Yoga, Boulder, CO); 100-Hour Power Yoga Teacher Training. Certified 100-Hour November 2012.
October 2013 (Core Power Yoga, Boulder, CO); 50-Hour Yin Yoga Teacher Training. Certified 50-Hour October 2013.
February 2015 (Samadhi Yoga Center, Denver, CO); Adaptive Yoga Workshop. Presented by Matthew Sanford, Mind Body Solutions.
April 2015 (Yoga Junction, Louisville, CO): Yoga Therapy Teacher Training. Presented by River Cummings, Ph.D.
June 2015 (Samadhi Yoga Center, Denver, CO); Intro to Adaptive Yoga Teacher Training. Presented by Liza Morgan & Ashley Curran (YOGAdapt Founders).
November 2015 (Samadhi Yoga Center, Denver, CO); Intro to Adaptive Yoga Teacher Training. Presented by Liza Morgan & Ashley Curran (YOGAdapt Founders). Assisted during training.
March 2016 (Soul Tree Yoga, Lafayette, CO); Understanding the Neurobiology of Traumatic Stress and Healing Through Trauma-Informed Yoga. Presented by Dr. Janine D’ Anniballe, RYT.
May 2016 (Soul Tree Yoga, Lafayette, CO); Yin Yoga Intensive - Understanding the Psoas. Presented by Sherry Sodoti, RYT.
May 2016 (MindBody Solutions, Minnetonka, MN); Opening Yoga I/II - Adapting Yoga for Disability Teacher Training. Presented by Matthew Sanford and MBS staff. (5 Day Training); 32 Hours YA Continuing Education Hours.
November 2016 (Samadhi Yoga Center, Denver, CO); Intro to Adaptive Yoga Teacher Training. Presented by Liza Morgan & Ashley Curran (YOGAdapt Founders). Assisted during training.
In-Progress Teacher Training & Continuing Education
Opening Yoga Instructor Certification; MindBody Solutions, with Matthew Sanford and MBS staff; Minnetonka, MN (Adaptive & Accessible Yoga)
Yoga Anatomy Certification; The Breathing Project with Leslie Kaminoff; NY, NY. (Anatomy specific to yoga)
Yoga Anatomy; Yoga Medicine with Tiffany Cruikshank (Online, Yoga International)
Restorative Yoga Teacher Training; Cyndi Lee (Online, Yoga International)
Yoga for Lower Back Pain: Keys to Sacroiliac Stability and Ease of Movement with Donna Farhi (YogaUOnline)
1999, University of Colorado at Boulder, School of Journalism (with Honors). Bachelor of Science, News Editorial Writing and Public Relations. Mini-Major in Communications.