Ma Dhyana Kathleen Kelly
Kathleen is the founder and Director of the Bay Area Yoga Center in Green Bay, which she opened in May of 1994. She has been practicing the art of yoga for the past 25 years, and has been a teacher of Astanga yoga in the Vinyasa tradition since 1993. Kathleen is registered with the Yoga Alliance, a national non-profit organization designed to support quality yoga instruction for the public, at the Experienced level. In May of 2005, Kathleen took her priest vows in the Hollow Bones Zen Order, an American Zen Buddhist Community.
Kathleen combines the practice of Astanga Yoga and Zen Meditation in her teachings and as her life’s practice. She is a native of Green Bay, and graduated from the University of Wisconsin Green Bay.
She received her first yoga teacher certification from the White Lotus Center in Santa Barbara, California. Kathleen has studied with senior teachers from many different schools of yoga. As a result, her teaching style is a blend of fluid movement breath and postures known as vinyasa, with the attention given to alignment of the Iyengar and Anusara schools. Kathleen puts high emphasis on her status as a student of yoga and teacher apprentice to her teachers: Michael Stone, Dr. Ranjani Cobo, Tracey Rich, Ganga White and Junpo Denis Kelly.
Kathleen is always seeking out her current teachers and experiencing the wealth of knowledge from new ones. Kathleen continues to grow along the path of yoga and in her role as a teacher of this expansive art form. Her passion for the yoga practice is reflected in her warm and friendly teaching style, along with her ability to inspire her students.
Kathleen completed a three year grant program sponsored by the 3M Corporation through St. Norbert’s College in De Pere, which studied the affects of yoga on mentally and physically challenged teens. She currently teaches yoga classes at her studio in Green Bay, at area businesses in her community. Kathleen has worked with Bellin Health and the Prevea Health Clinics to put together programs of wellness through body and mind connection.
Kathleen also teaches yoga/meditation workshops nationally and internationally with her teacher Junpo Denis Kelly, teaches one on one sessions privately and gives talks to groups in the community. Kathleen is currently studying the science of Ayurveda, which is the sister science to yoga. She is also learning to play the ukulele and is the drummer in her local kirtan band. When the weather permits you will find her in the garden or in her studio creating one thing or another.
Kathleen lives in Green Bay with her cat Bodhi Dharma and her puppy Chester. She has two beautiful grown daughters, Kirsten, who lives in Minneapolis, and Shannon, who lives in Green Bay.
Kathleen can be reached at 920-445-7221 or 920-265-2217
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