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!