Kelly Postle McLellan has been pondering the “deep and hidden things” for as long as she can remember. As a teen, Kelly was drawn to the arts and explored forms of expression such as poetry, journaling, jewelry making and drawing. She attended the University of Florida (www.ufl.edu) where she studied psychology and the mind-body connection. She went on to receive a Masters in Health Science Education specializing in holistic health.
While earning her Masters degree, Kelly was able to deepen her relationship with the arts by working for Arts in Medicine, a non-profit program that brought art to the patients’ bedside at Shands Hospital (www.artsinmedicine.ufhealth.org). It was during this time that Kelly witnessed the healing power of creativity and began to experience the presence of God through art and yoga.
Kelly has been practicing yoga and making art for over 20 years now and teaching for 15 of those! She is a YogaFaith ambassador (www.yogafaith.org) and a faculty member at Montreat College (www.montreat.edu) where she teaches classes that blend the ancient practice of classical yoga with sacred Christian scriptures. She is a lover of God and follower of Jesus- studying His life and teachings and learning to live and love with His heart. Kelly believes that “all truth is God’s truth”. She is passionate about studying the Bible, as well as searching for Truth in unexpected places such as the natural world, eastern philosophies and even children’s literature!
Kelly firmly believes in the power of yoga as a tool for integrating the person as a whole: body, mind and spirit. She understands yoga to be a spiritual discipline, using the practice to “still the turnings of the mind” in order to rest in the sovereignty and perfect love of God. Her primary focus in teaching yoga is to help her students “remember what they have forgotten”, reacquainting them with their bodies and helping her students to recognize themselves as temples of the Holy Spirit. She teaches with a sensitive spirit and an open heart, intuitively crafting both secular and Christ-based classes for groups and individuals. She combines her knowledge of psychology, anatomy/ physiology, and philosophy into classes that invite her students to “get still” offering them a moment of repose for reflection on eternal things.
Kelly lives Black Mountain, NC with her husband and their two children. When she is not on her mat, you can find her hanging out with friends and family, homeschooling her teens, gardening, making jewelry and other art, playing with her dog or reading and contemplating life’s deepest questions.