About Kelli

500 HR E-RYT • 200 HR YISMT

I do yoga because:

it makes me feel like the superhero of my own life: able to handle challenges that cross my path, slay negative thoughts and patterns, feel confident, brave and strong, better equipped to help those around me.


I’ve been practicing yoga for 12 years, teaching for 8. I hold additional certifications in Anatomy & Biomechanics of Yoga from Dr. Raymond Long, Yin Yoga with Paul Grilley, and Budokon Yoga with founder Cameron Shayne. I currently co-lead the Vinyasa Arts Yoga Teacher Training Program and mentor yoga instructors.



I teach yoga because:

I believe that if I can help you challenge yourself in yoga with grace and a little humor, feel more comfortable in your body and mind, all while increasing your health, then we’ve done something amazing together.


My classes are usually strong, nurturing, empowering and 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.


In addition to teaching, in 2015, I founded YogaBoost, a corporate yoga program to combat the slumped, seated posture of modern man. Learn more HERE.

Kelli Russell is simply amazing. She is an inspiration to me, her students, and all yoga instructors alike. She brings specified knowledge to the field with over 8 years of hands-on industry experience in yoga instruction, workshops, retreats, festivals and various other relatable fields.
– James M. Petracca

Extended Trainings

Dr. Raymond Long,
Anatomy & Biomechanics of Yoga,
December 2014


Cameron Shayne,
Budokon Yoga, Handstands, Floating and Flying,
July 2012, Dec. 2012 & July 2013


Dina Armstrong,
Inner Yoga & Yin,
July 2013


Jenny Sauer-Klein,
Evolutionary Leadership in Yoga,
July 2013
Anna Forrest,
Journey to the Core,
July 2012


Seane Corne,
Establishing a Strong Foundation,
July 2012


Natasha Rizopoulos,
Class Sequencing,
July 2012


Scott Blossom,
Shadow Yoga and Yoga & Ayurveda: Bones, Joints & Nerves,
July 2012
David Swenson,
Floating & Flying, July 2012
Balance & Opposition of Force,
Oct. 2009


Tara Styles Yoga & Deepak Chopra,
Sages & Scientists, 3 Day Symposium,
March, 2012


Betsey Downing, Ph.D.,
Courage in Backbends,
Sept. 2012
Hands On Anusara Practice & Adjustment Workshop,
Nov., 2011


Pattabhi Jois’s Daughter
Full Ashtanga Primary Series,
July 2011
Bryan Kest,
Empower Your Vinyasa,
March 2011


Rached Maalouf,
Physical Adjustments Hatha Level 2-3,
Nov. 2011 (part 2), Nov. 2010 (part 1)


Kathryn Budig,
Sweetness & Strength (Core & Inversions),
Sept. 2010


Sylvi Harwin & Janice Motley,
Yin Yoga with Healing Bowls,
July 2010
Rolland Matthews,
Yin Yoga,
May, 2010


Matthew Sweeney,
The Lion Sequence (Moon Sequence, Therapeutic Back Bends, Shoulder Openers & Playful Inversions),
July 2009


John Salisbury,
Ashtanga Series & Arm Balances,
July 2009


Donna Helm-Yost,
Yin Yoga and Meditation Workshop,
July 2009

Yoga Studios

Corporate Yoga Program, Founder
San Diego, CA
5/2015 – Present


Vinyasa Arts,
Yoga Instructor & Teacher Trainer,
Cardiff by the Sea,CA
2/2013 – Present
Yoga Six,
Yoga Instructor,
Solana Beach, 4S Ranch, Carlsbad, CA
2/2013 – Present


Rancho Valencia Spa & Resort,
Yoga Instructor, Rancho Santa Fe, CA
2/2013 – Present
Sattva Fitness Yoga Center
Yoga Instructor,
Escondido, CA
3/2011 – Present


Yoga Branch Studio
Yoga Instructor,
Vista, CA
2/2011 – Present
Corporate Yoga Instructor,
Vista, CA
3/2011 – Present


24-Hour Fitness
Yoga Instructor
Carlsbad, UTC, Miramar, Encinitas, Solana Beach, Rancho Penasquitos, Rancho Bernardo, Vista and Escondido Locations
1/2009 – Present
Yoga Vista
Yoga Instructor
Vista, CA
7/2009 – 4/2013


Yoga Oceanside
Yoga Instructor
Oceanside, CA
12/2009 – 12/2010

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