Kelly graduated from Indiana University with a BA in Communication Studies. Her background, prior to pursuing her body arts career, includes working for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Indiana as their Community Relations Director, Advertising and Promotions at a video distribution company, creating and managing an inner-city elementary literacy and social competency program, and helping her husband, John, build his software company.
Kelly's interest in the body arts began in her late 20's when she developed a chronic hip and back issue while training for endurance runs both on her own and through the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's Team in Training. The Pilates Method enabled her to correct muscle imbalances, gain flexibility and build her core muscles in order to keep her in running form. Also during her late 20's, Kelly began to develop wide spread chronic pain throughout her body that was accompanied by deep fatigue. Yoga asana and meditation practice became a way she could manage her pain both physically and mentally. Both practices have enriched her life not just physically; they have also provided a framework in which she views the world and the role she can play within it.
Kelly and her husband, John White, are empty-nesters who moved from Indiana to Colorado to experience the great outdoors! Kelly enjoys yoga, meditation, reading, crocheting, stand up paddle boarding, skiing, and camping. She continues to explore new ways in which she can improve her health and the health of others.
Kelly completed her 200-hour yoga teacher training with Nikki Myers through CITYOGA in 2009. Kelly has had the privilege of studying with Paul Grilley and has received her Yin Yoga: Practice and Theory Teacher Training certificate. She is also a student of Bernie Clark, a leader in the Yin Yoga teaching world. Kelly completed her training for Adapting Yoga for Disability Level 1 with Matthew Sanford and is a Warriors at Ease Certified Teacher, which brings the principles of yoga to Veterans and active duty military members. She is a Y12SR Certified Teacher which "connects the dots between the ancient wisdom of yoga...tools of the 12-step program and the latest research on trauma healing and neurobiology." Kelly is also a Teacher-in-Training Level 1 for iRest Yoga Nidra through the Integrative Restoration Institute.
Kelly has achieved her Master Trainer designation by completing over 10,000 hours of teaching in Pilates. She was certified through the Body Arts and Science International 500-hour certification program in 2006.
Kelly also received her 200-hour certification in reflexology through the IUPUI Reflexology program in 2007.