Caroline's Story, in Her Own Words:
Caroline Kelley E-RYT 500, NCBTMB
I'm passionate about the services I offer because these specialties have made a profound difference in my journey to an active, pain-free, and low-stress lifestyle.
When I was seven, I began experiencing back pain; a physical therapist recommended sit-ups, which I didn't do because they felt awful, and the pain continued. As the years went on, the pain was exasperated by my active lifestyle, including swimming, running, sailing, and windsurfing. Then, when I was twelve, I began suffering from migraines. Then I started having anxiety attacks in my twenties due to the stress of being a young manager at a thriving start-up. I loved my life, but clearly, my self-care was lacking.
Fortunately, a friend introduced me to yoga; I felt terrific after an hour of breathing deeply, stretching, and moving mindfully. Motivated by my new experience, I tried massage therapy. A regular commitment to these holistic practices helped immensely; my pains and panic subsided. In 2000, inspired by the mega shift in my well-being, I began yoga teacher training, which expanded over three years. During these years, my dedication to holistic wellness grew immensely; I was excited to deepen my studies and become a wellness professional. So, upon graduating from Yoga Teacher Training with The British Wheel of Yoga, I rented out my house, handed in my resignation, and set off to India, where I would expand my yogic studies for a year before teaching full-time. In appreciation for how different wellness modalities complement each other, I gained a diploma in Massage Therapy from The Boulder College of Massage Therapy in 2010. After mentoring under Harvey Deutch, a renowned Physical Therapist, I decided to become a certified Mat Pilates Teacher in 2015; because I saw how he successfully treats his clients, including me, with a combination of Pilates, Yoga, and Massage Therapy techniques. I'm delighted to say that pain, migraines, or anxiety are rare in my life, and I put this down to the lifestyle I've created for myself. I love helping people find their way to living well. In 2021, I added more skills to my repertoire. I gained a coaching certificate with the International Association of Wellness Professionals to help people find their way to living a personalized healthy lifestyle.
500 hrs Yoga Teacher Training Certificate with The British Wheel of Yoga (2000 - 2003)
200 hrs Yoga Teacher Training Certificate with Richard Freeman & Mary Taylor (2009)
200 hrs Yoga Immersions with Richard Freeman & Mary Taylor (2010 - 2014)
Certified Yoga for Healthy Aging Teacher with Baxter Bell (2019)
Certified Mat Pilates Teacher with Balanced Body (2015)
1000 hrs Honors Certificate with Boulder College of Massage Therapy (2010)
300 hrs Thai Massage Therapist with TCM, Chaing Mai, Thailand (2004)
Certified Wellness Coach with The International Association of Wellness Professionals (2021)
Certified Ayurvedic Wellness Coach with Shakti School (2022)
Co-Lead Teacher and creator of The Mindful Body's 200hr Yoga Teacher Training, San Francisco (2011 - 2019)
Guest Anatomy Teacher for Sellwood Yoga, Portland, and The Yoga Garden, San Francisco (2010 - 2016)
International Yoga Retreat Leader (2010 - present)
Wellness Professional Mentorship (2011 - present)
Why Become Centered?
'From head to heels, you must find your center' - BKS Iyengar
Our body and mind are connected; when our mind is stressed, our body takes on this stress physically, hence the term 'she/he is a pain in the neck'; likewise, if we have hurt ourselves, the physical pain often causes us to be impatient and more. Therefore, taking care of our mind and body simultaneously is essential.
When our body is centered, all postural muscles work harmoniously; this happens when there is the perfect combination of muscle strength and flexibility. Pain arises either from trauma, stress, or poor posture. Massage, mindful movement, and Coaching can help to center the body and relieve pain.
When our mind is centered, we know how we feel and what we are thinking, and feel in control of these thoughts and emotions in a balanced and peaceful manner. Coaching and Yoga practices help to center our minds.