Although she was initially drawn to yoga as a way of learning how to work with the physical limitations of her scoliosis, the practice has taught her the importance of quieting the mind as a means to integrate body, mind and soul. Her hope upon returning to the South Central Pennsylvania area is to build a community. When she is not practicing or studying yoga, you can find her perusing the farmer’s market, cooking with her husband, hiking or playing with her dog Carmen
Irene is also a holistic health coach (in the making, coming October 2015). Her desire is that through healing foods and the practice of yoga, students would find the healing they need for their mind, body and spirit.
As an avid runner, Shelly found Pilates to be a great way to strengthen core and leg muscles. This core strength helped balance and coordination while trail running on the Appalachian Trail. Shelly's approach to Pilates is more traditional while incorporating movements for runner's. She also has certificates in Yoga and Indoor Cycling and a Bachelor’s degree in Communications from Lock Haven University. Shelly is happy to be joining the team at Simply Well.
Amy is a Pennsylvania native who has been practicing yoga and mindfulness for many years and loves weaving them into another passion of hers - working as an educator. She began her teaching career in the Pocono Mountains where she taught high school for 7 years and started her yoga journey, taking Kripalu yoga classes after school with her colleagues. She has felt a strong connection to the Carlisle, Boiling Springs, and surrounding communities since moving to the area in 2007 to teach at the middle school level. After this move, she found a yoga community that has changed her life and deepened her practice. She is truly grateful for all of her teachers along the way who inspired her to continue to dive into this practice and study. Amy feels strongly that yoga and mindfulness can benefit anyone and that the skills learned through these practices are especially important to teach to today's youth.
Amy believes that unity happens when we can be introspective while cultivating a genuine awareness of all that surrounds us. She also frequently echoes the words of her teachers at Yogi Beans with the phrase “yoga is a practice, not a perfect.”
Yoga as a multi-dimensional healing art available to anyone;
Yoga classes and yoga therapy for adults, including for those who experience emotional or physical challenges such as insomnia, anxiety or depression, or shoulder, knee, hip and back pain or injuries; and
Yoga classes for infants, children and youth of all ages and abilities—including those with special needs such as Downs syndrome, ADHD, and global developmental and physical challenges. She also runs kids yoga birthday parties.
Following 4 years of extensive training and apprenticing with her own yoga mentors and teachers, Kelly now invites students to experience her own blend of yoga at Simply Well, with a focus on making yoga accessible to everyone as a holistic approach to life, rather than as a finite physical experience limited to the yoga studio.
Kelly teaches both group and individual classes, depending on the needs of the client. She shares the philosophy of great modern-era yogi Sri Tirumalai Krishnamacharya as quoted by his son, T.K.V. Desikachar in The Heart of Yoga, that “The starting point is never the teacher’s needs, but those of the student….There is not one approach for everybody.” She is also a firm believer that we are all students and that the more we learn, the more there is to know.
Kelly obtained her Yoga Teacher Diploma through the Life Centre’s (London UK) 18-month teacher training, widely respected for its nondogmatic style and its quality of teaching, as well as through Fluid Form Yoga Teacher Training. She is Yoga Alliance certified. She graduated from Carlisle High School, holds a BA in Spanish, a Spanish Studies Diploma, and a Masters of Social Work. Kelly has also taught English as a Second Language in Spain, and worked as a social worker and a government relations director in Washington, DC. Most importantly to her, she is the mom of two very active, athletic, academic, amazing kids!