*Yoga Class for Michael Franti @ Thompson’s Point // Summer 2017
I’d been hearing all about the Yoga classes at Bug Light Park. Friends told me, ‘Oh yeah, that’s Kelly Rich. She’s the best!’ Before I could get out to Bug Light Park for one of Kelly’s classes, I received a Facebook invitation to do Yoga with Michael Franti before his concert at Thompson’s Point. I had concert tickets, but this was an unexpected surprise, and I noticed one of the two instructors leading that gathering of Yoga/Franti fans was Kelly Rich. And that’s how I met Kelly.
Not long after that concert, I made my way to Bug Light Park on a Sunday morning for one of Kelly’s classes. It was fantastic. It was a beautiful sunny summer day and I sweated through several sun salutations and later was guided into a state of profound relaxation by Kelly’s soft voice. She has a way of making Yoga accessible to everyone. It was as if the class was designed
for me and what I needed that day. At the end of class, I rose to my seat from Shivasana feeling refreshing breezes from the bay washing over my body. I looked around seduced by the iconic beautify of the venue Kelly selected for this Yoga practice including the sounds of gulls and tugboats.
I was hooked on Yoga with Kelly at Bug Light, and I was not the only one. I noticed after that class there were about 50 people all having their own unique but shared Yoga experience. As I continued to take her classes over the summer attendance grew. Kelly was teaching at times 80 to 90 practitioners, and she increased the number of weekly classes to accommodate the interest
in how she taught outdoor Yoga. Over the summer and into mid-October Kelly incorporated themes that followed the passing of the seasons and the lunar cycle. Over the summer I had a chance to get to know Kelly a little bit personally. We had conversations about Yoga and how it fits in with our life goals. I learned that Kelly is a very bright, caring, and mature young woman. She has a servant’s heart and a strong desire to help people. Not just a teacher, she is a lifelong student, always looking for ways to improve her skills with something new to share with those who make time to show up for her classes. She is determined to find a rewarding and meaningful livelihood with Yoga and Ayurvedic practices and she is already succeeding. I look forward to taking classes with Kelly throughout the winter and in the years ahead as we both learn to practice our Yoga on and off the mat. Oh yeah,
that Kelly Rich. She is the best!
Kelly is a gem for anyone interested in holistic healing. Her calming nature makes you feel relaxed and at peace. She pays close attention to your needs and guides you through a mindful experience. Personally, I’ve found new meaning in caring for my physical and spiritual health. I would encourage you to meet with Kelly for a unique experience through Ayurveda and join her in restorative yoga workshops. I was given individualized care and support which allowed me to feel more at ease in my life. Kelly will be your lasting aid to stress!
Shelby Jutras, LMSW-cc, CADC
Kelly has been a guiding light for myself since I found out about Bug Light Yoga last summer 2017. I was stressed out in every aspect of my life and the best place for self-care was and continues to be, her classes. Her guiding voice throughout the practice always struck a cord and I always left feeling more centered and that I had the chance to go inward and understand myself better. When Kelly offered Ayurveda consults I jumped on the opportunity as I knew she could only further help me in my healing process. So thank you Kelly for being an inspiration and a healer for myself and others. I will continue to tell friends, family, and acquaintances alike to come join me at one of my favorite places as I feel that everyone and anyone can benefit from some Kelly Rich in their lives.
Under Kelly Rich’s tutelage I have grown leaps and bounds in my Yoga journey and most recently Ayurveda living. I feel more grounded than I ever have in my life and am beholden to Kelly’s knowledge, experience and guidance. During yoga classes her presence is infectious. She teaches with grace, relevant music and passionate expertise. My very recent Ayurveda experience with Kelly was eye opening and unique. It was the perfect formula for future health and wellness. I am more mindful, calm and vital thanks to Kelly Rich.
I have been fortunate to know Kelly as a yoga teacher and an Ayurvedic practitioner. When I first met Kelly, I knew I was in the presence of someone truly special, she is a born healer. Kelly has a way of making you feel safe both externally and internally. Her practice cultivates acceptance, empowerment and surrendering. Kelly is able to meet you where you are at, hold space for you and offer strength and love. Kelly is magical and being in her presence is a gift.
–Elizabeth Hanz, MSW (social work), CADC and RYT 200.
Whether she is leading you through an outdoor yoga class, guiding you through a nourishing restorative class with Reiki assists or engaging in a passing conversation with you before or after class, Kelly is thoughtful, open and engaging in her nature. She is the kind of person you want to have in your life if you are looking to heal and transform. I have had the honor of taking various yoga classes and workshops, as well as participating in an Ayurvedic consultation session with Kelly. She is knowledgeable about what she teaches, recognizes the complexities of every day life, and will give you real life tools if you are looking to grow.
Whenever my friends ask me about trying a yoga class, I always recommend Kelly as a teacher. She has a gift in creating a calm and welcoming space. Kelly offers an encouraging energy to those who take her classes, allowing for moments to connect with what’s inside – pause, reflect and of course, breathe. Kelly has taught me how to deepen my yoga practice on the mat but has helped to guide me in bringing the principles of yoga with me off the mat as well.
Kelly feels warm and safe the minute you meet her! Her ability to make you feel comfortable and stay grounded is a true gift and allows one to open up and share the details necessary to heal.
Kelly’s honest and vulnerable about her healing which allows her to be a true beacon of medicine. I have been inspired and guided by Kelly’s yoga and ayurvedic practice and excited to see what else she has to offer! If you love connecting to your body and letting nature’s medicine heal you, she is the right fit!
–Kellyann Ahern, RN, Nourishment Coach
UNE Student #1’s Testimonial
Kelly’s class was different than how I thought it would be. I was expecting poses that I would not be able to complete or that I would get called out for my bad form. I like how she kept saying that that the shape we take doesn’t matter, and that we can fill the space however our body chose to. It took a lot of the pressure and stress of trying to perform the motions perfectly away.
UNE Student #2’s Testimonial
I have to say this yoga and meditation (class) was my absolute favorite. I loved every aspect of it from the yoga, the instructor, Kelly Rich, the vibe and especially the meditation. I love how Kelly took charge of the class and made it very relaxed and comfortable. I never felt judged or watched, I felt comfortable doing what I could and trying my best to get it done. I love yoga and now thanks to this experience, I love meditation.
UNE Student #3’s Testimonial
I really like Kelly as an instructor because she presented herself really well and she was giving us raw information and her real opinions. I felt reassured to know that yoga was more about what I decide to do to my body and how I want to push it to a certain discomfort level. It was good to be reminded by Kelly about what I can control in life and what I cannot; also a good reminder for me as a student and also as a healthcare provider later, that we can try to please the patients but we should not let their actions affect how we feel in life.
UNE Student #4’s Testimonial
Kelly opened my eyes up to the fact that yoga can be whatever you want it to be. Its not necessarily about technique and form and doing everything perfectly. It’s a lot about what you make of it and creating your own experience.
“The only way I can explain Kelly in one word is: Goddess. She is a woman of great beauty, grace, love and LIGHT. She is just as invested in y spiritual evolution as I am.”
” I’ve just returned from a retreat with Kelly Rich and the experience was spectacular. The process was honestly seamless and SO worth the package price, given all that was included! I don’t usually spend on myself and this was so worth it. The food was ridiculously incredible, lodging, accommodations…Kelly’s teachings…all of it!! I loved our schedule and never felt rushed or bored in between the events. I will be waiting anxiously for the next retreat. I have been recharged and have made BEAUTIFUL new friendships this experience.”
Thank you for all of my being. My mentorship with you has been everything I hoped for and more. Thank you Kelly for helping me tap into my heart and intuition. Thank you for seeing me. For believing in me. You are such a powerful, beautiful soul.
Having a session with Kelly was the most beautiful thing I could have offered to myself. I appreciate Kelly’s wisdom, kindness and intuition which felt so connected to my truth that has needed to be expressed.
The intuitive reading experience with Kelly was more incredible than I had imagined. She is a true gift. I cherish our session together and I will be back soon for more.
I had an incredible Reiki experience and reading with Kelly, it was powerful and moving. I can’t get over the feeling of an angel touching my belly, that was so, so special. Kelly is very gifted and generous for sharing her gifts with us.
UNE student of Pharmacy
Kelly has such a soothing voice and I feel like I really needed that.
My heart feels so much lighter after sitting with Kelly for an intuitive reading. So much releasing. I am thankful for her insights. So much gratitude.
I was called to do Kelly’s intuitive mentorship 1:1 and have learned to trust my internal compass in a way I never allowed myself to in the past. I now have the tools to honor my gifts without making myself small. Kelly is authentic and her open heart cultivates a space without judgement and fear. Only wisdom. I am so grateful for Kelly as she is a true healer.