Remembering Kelly Thompson
Sadly Kelly passed away on August 24 2016. Kelly inspired us with her deep knowledge and experience. She was kind, thoughtful and present. Kelly was a Teacher’s Teacher; she inspired us with her love of learning and her enthusiasm for all things new. We love and miss her dearly.
Kelly has practiced various types of yoga and meditation since childhood, but began practicing formally in 1990. She has taught adults and children in London, UK and Carlisle, PA since 2004. She has gravitated to teaching:
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!