I have a zest for life. I do! I wake up some mornings, feeling blessed to put my feet down. What makes me so happy? I find that no matter what life throws at me, I can always go to my yoga mat or my meditation cushion and find peace and contentment. It’s there, right inside me. And we all have it.
Look, life is crazy. I get that. Someone cuts you off on the highway, a customer is short with you, your kids wear you down… the list goes on. I KNOW! But we don’t have to take on those emotions, we can let them go like clouds in the sky. Why? How am I so sure? ‘Cause the only thing we can control in this world, is our reaction!
I live for sharing yoga + better yet, I love helping people find passion + happiness. When you clear the clutter from the mind, when you connect with your breath, you will find nothing but sweetness!
Yoga found me in 2000 — back then, I was in awe of how it made me a better athlete. My first teacher chided me, saying I was “too athletic and too muscular to be a yogi.” I took that as a challenge and went back for more! But in 2008, a severe spinal injury sidelined me from life, triathlon training and my business. That is when I truly came to understand the healing power of yoga.
I graduated from the University of Maryland with a degree in Sports Management, a self-created degree in Kinesiology, Journalism and Business. I am/have been a certified USA Triathlon Coach, swim coach, track coach, group fitness instructor and personal trainer. I started teaching through YogaFit in 2010 and decided to change course and get my 200 RYT certification through Savannah Yoga Center.
I cannot get enough of yoga, and I will forever be a student, soaking in all there is. To this day, I have experienced many styles of yoga in my studies that have included the styles of ashtanga, anusara, vinyasa, power, bikram, restorative, prenatal, yin yoga, yoga for children and senior yoga. I give deep gratitude to my mentors Kelley Boyd + Marti Yura. I draw inspiration from many master teachers Tias Little, Doug Keller, Kathryn Budig and Sarah Powers. I don’t identify with any particular “style” of yoga. I have studied from the Sri T. Krishnamacharya lineage. He is long considered the father of modern day hatha yoga. He taught teachers Pattabhi Jois (ashtanga), B.K.S. Iyengar (iyengar) and his son T.K.V. Desikachar (viniyoga), among many others.
My inspiration starts at home. My family moved to Georgia in 2011, for a simpler life. We love it here and are so proud to be a part of the community. I get to be a yogi and spread the love of yoga + wellness because of my wonderful support system and yogis-in-training: my husband + business partner Kevin and my children Madeline, Caiden + Liam.
When I’m not on the mat, I enjoy the outdoors immensely. I am a triathlete, mountain biker, hiker, spontaneous cartwheeler + handstander, standup paddler and all-around water girl.
Kelly Liddell, YogaFit Level I Certified
Born and raised in Oklahoma, Kelly grew up loving ballet, gymnastics and swimming. Kelly and her sister, who is also a yoga teacher, where introduced to yoga at a young age by their mother. At 27, Kelly started attending The Yoga Loft in Oklahoma City on a regular basis and there sparked a lifelong passion.
Kelly’s family moved to Georgia in 2007 when her husband Jimmy, her college sweetheart, took a job in Atlanta. The stress of moving across the country with two little ones brought her to the yoga mat and invigorated her practice. It was then that she finally came to understand the importance and value of meditation.
“I believe a person can really work things out on their mat… not just our bodies, but life issues,” says Kelly.
Kelly’s style is vinyasa flow yoga which suites her personality. She has a sweet, playful + infectious personality. She jokes that her report card always read “makes friends easily and that is probably because she is so kind and compassionate, and always encouraging. She really does exude happiness and live life to the fullest. She is the greatest example at home to her two children Jackson + Abby.
She is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma with a BS in Communication Sciences and Disorders. And when not teaching yoga + being a mom, she handles marketing for Chloe Pink a fictional character who encourages girls to follow their dreams. Kelly credits Chloe Pink Creator, author + artist Sharna Fulton with giving her the courage to follow her dreams and become a yoga teacher.
IN HER WORDS:
I enjoy the occasional cartwheel!
I love Yoga, reading, meditating and cooking.
I like to grow veggies, fruits and herbs and someday dream of having a HUGE garden.
My husband and I dream of a retirement near the water (hopefully the beach).
My favorite color is turquoise (and pink).
I LOVE music and totally belt out songs in the car and shower!
Christine Parton, 200 RYT
Sandi Thomas, Iyengar Student + YogaFit Level I Certified (Pending 2013)