Teacher Feature - Kelly Fisher

When I found yoga (when yoga found me?) in the early 90s, I was immediately hooked. Who knew that you could be healthy and feel good at the same time? Leaving college and looking at the world around me, it seemed that people weren't as happy as I had hoped. Some sort of balance was missing. Yoga practice and meditation was the key I needed to unlock a greater world of peace, freedom, and happiness that began, and continues to grow, inside myself and within our community.

I am so excited to be a part of the Yoga Center of Columbia community because it is such a welcoming place.*  I already have many friends here due to teaching workshops and co-hosting fall retreats on the Eastern Shore, and this past spring I was privileged to travel to Costa Rica with a great group of yogis from YCC.

Teaching yoga was a natural evolution to my personal practice. I completed RYT 200 and 500 training at Willow Street Yoga Center in Takoma Park with some stellar luminaries like Kathy Donnelly and Lucy Lomax and have been teaching since 1999. My studies have included aligned hatha, Anusara, flow, yoga nidra, and therapeutics styles. My students influence me as much as my teachers do, and my teachers include Sally Kempton, Douglas Brooks, Doug Keller, Sianna Sherman, Elena Brower, and Tara Judell.

I have taught yoga and meditation classes in studios and in places as diverse as NPR, the Supreme Court, the DC Rape Crisis Center, and Floyd Yoga Jam. I offer one day retreats in the spring and co-lead weekend retreats in the fall (with Ms. Lucy!). My current schedule includes public classes as well as private instruction... and coming soon to a venue near you, Groovananda! This kirtan band features Wynne Paris and myself singing chant set to a rock-infused world beat.

Whenever there is a question in my mind, one of the first things I like to do is be still and listen. That might mean the absolute stillness of meditation, or the stillness of alignment in body-mind-heart while practicing on the mat, or even listening to fellow musicians spinning sacred mantras in the air. Generally the answer will arise at the right time. And pretty much always the answer is to follow my heart. This is my wish for my students as well -- to give yourself the opportunity to listen to your own heart's desire; to learn how to respond to its ebb and flow; to remember that you, like all of us, are connected to a vast universe of love and compassion; and to express your unique talent in this world.

Please join me for a yoga class, an advanced practitioner's clinic, kirtan, or an upcoming retreat.

Find me on https://www.facebook.com/wildfloweryoga and at wildfloweryoga.com.