About Kelli

photo credit: Erin Blair Studio

Kelli truly is a body+mind+spiritual wellness coach. For the past decade, she’s taught yoga/meditation/mindfulness and is a Yoga Teacher Trainer with the highest credentials offered by Yoga Alliance (500-ERYT + YACEP, Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider).


With a Masters’s Degree in Counseling, specializing in Marriage and Family Therapy, she also sees people one-on-one for Psychological Kinesiology/Subconscious Change Facilitation both online and in-person in private practice in Encinitas, CA.


Her supportive approach to whole-being wellness helps people shift into alignment with their highest selves, rediscover their innate awesomeness, and recognize that they have the power to create a life that they love.

photo credit: Erin Blair Studio

I earned degrees in Psychology and Counseling because I wanted to help people live their best life possible, but I was disillusioned to find that talk therapy seemed ineffective at creating real changes. Then I started practicing yoga in 2003 and was stunned by the instant positive shifts I observed in people. Students who walked in with slumped shoulders, downcast eyes, and low energy, walked out of the yoga room like a different person –  smiling, with their chest open and a light in their eyes! It was amazing to observe!


The incredible changes that I continued to witness were enough to spur me to shift careers and become a yoga teacher.  I’ve enjoyed every minute of the last decade teaching yoga, meditation, and mindfulness because the effects are so powerful!


I believe that by doing yoga, you become THE SUPERHERO OF YOUR OWN LIFE: confident, strong and flexible in both body and mind, present, and able to handle life’s challenges with ease and grace. 


My classes are usually strong, nurturing, empowering, creative, sometimes more on the fun side /sometimes more focused; all designed to derail you from your auto-pilot patterns and move you into mindfulness so that you can live the best life you can imagine.

Join me for a class!

Kelli has a way of teaching yoga that is truly unique: she manages to weave in serious with silly, challenge with comfort, and spiritual principles with everyday common sense.
It was such a treat to be able to practice yoga with Kelli. I highly recommend her classes.
- Marie

Kelli is accredited with Yoga Alliance at the highest level, E-RYT 500 and is a designated Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider® (YACEP®*).

*A YACEP is an individual instructor that has been verified as being highly qualified in the category or categories that they teach. Registered Yoga Teachers (RYT®s) who take courses with a YACEP can trust that their training counts toward meeting their Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Requirements.
Kelli's Extended Training
Carmen Aguillar, of Chicago Yoga Lab,
Advanced Backbends and Arm Balances,
March 2016


Rod Stryker,
Moon Vinyasa: Deep Stillness, Healing Power,
July 2016


Gina Caputo,
Playing with Potential,
July 2016


Sadie Nardini,
Awakening Metabolism, Detox, & Energy,
June 2015


Kathryn Budig,
Altimeter Check: Inversions,
June 2015


Eric Paskel,
Funky Fusion: Creative Sequencing & Kirtan,
June 2015
Dr. Raymond Long,
(Author of The Key Muscles of Hatha Yoga and Yoga Mat Companion Series) Anatomy and Biomechanics of Yoga Teacher Certification,
December 2014


Jason Crandell,
Finding Your Voice: The Art of Verbal Communication, Manual Adjustments and Sequencing,
July 2014


Annie Carpenter,
Inversions: When, How and Why,
July 2014


Kathryn Budig,
Kick Up Your Feet: Arm Balances,
July 2014


Cameron Shayne,
Art of Transition,
July 2014


Rina Jakobowicz,
Sweet Surprises: Releasing Negative Thought Patterns Through the Medium of Vinyasa Yoga,
July 2014
Gary Kraftsow,
Common Aches & Pains in Back, Neck & Shoulders,
July 2014


Adel Palkhivala,
Intro to Purna Meditation,
July 2014


Tara Styles,
Strala Yoga All Day Intensive,
July 2014


John Friend,
Sridaiva 2 Day Intensive,
March 2014


Duncan Wong,
Warrior Yoga,
January 2014


Justin Michael Williams,
Business of Yoga: Social Media Workshop,
January 2014
Jenny Klein Sauer,
Leadership in Yoga,
July 2013


Cameron Shayne,
Handstands & Fear of Flying,
July 2013


Cameron Shayne,
Budokon Yoga Teacher Training & Certification,
December 2012


Dr. Scott Blossom,
Shadow Yoga
Ayurveda – Bones, Joints & Nerves,
July 2012


Rod Stryker,
Yoga & Meditation,
July 2012


David Swenson,
Floating & Flying,
July 2012
Sean Corne,
Establishing A Strong Foundation,
July 2012


Natasha Rizopoulos,
Class Sequencing,
July 2012


Cameron Shayne,
Budokon Yoga,
July 2012


Vinnie Marino,
Rock N Roll Vinyasa,
July 2012


Anna Forrest,
Journey to the Core,
July 2012


Deepak Chopra & Tara Stiles,
Sages & Scientists,
March 2012
Paul Grilley,
Yin Yoga & Anatomy of Yoga Teacher Certification,
January 2012


Bryan Kest,
Power Yoga,
March 2011


Kathryn Budig,
Sweetness & Strength/ Core & Inversions,
August 2010


David Swenson,
Ashtanga Yoga Workshop,
October 2009


Matthew Sweeny,
Lion Sequence Ashtanga Workshop,
July 2009

Very special thanks to my teachers Selena Foreman for opening the door to yoga for me, challenging me in a way that calmed my mind; to Lisette Hart whose teachings consistently demonstrate love, compassion, and story-weaving; and to my mentor Rached Malouf, who “walked the walk” as a yogi, gave the best alignment cues and adjustments ever and was the closest to a guru that I’ve ever known. 

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