In Hatha Yoga, humble warrior pose embodies an open heart and a bowed head. The “Humble” in Humble Warrior Spirit reminds us that all that we are and all that we have is impermanent. We breathe, walk, think, and exist because of our connection to life.
Just as her life flashed before her eyes on the day of her crash, we humbly know that it only takes a second for our lives to change drastically. We may feel as though we are in control of our lives, but ultimately, there are many things outside our control that can impact us immensely. Impermanence is constant, teaching us to savor the present moment. This, however, should not lead us to operate from a sense of fear, but rather love; a love for ourselves, all people and all things.
With that being said, we have the “Warrior Spirit” of Humble Warrior Spirit. Deep inside us is a drive to move forward. Regardless our circumstances, we are alive because the Warrior Spirit inside of all of us believes there is something unique for us in this lifetime. There is something our soul is longing to experience. So we cling to this physical body.
Therefore, we approach every day with the Spirit of a Humble Warrior. Humble in knowing we are all One and part of something beautiful, and with the Warrior Spirit that propels us with a gentle fire forward into existence.
In 2015, Kellen was training as a road cyclist, out on her morning ride, when a driver turned left in front of her. With no time to stop, she crashed into the back of his truck. Having sustained 5 broken thoracic vertebrae, 2 brain bleeds, and a jaw broken in 2 places and shattered on an entire side, she embarked upon a long journey of physical and emotional turmoil amidst broad spiritual transformation and awakening.
Over the course of 2.5 years she underwent 12 reconstructive surgeries on her lower jaw as well as 1 brain surgery. It was during her recovery that she truly found yoga; in a restorative class designed for those recovering from injury or surgery. With the tiniest of baby steps, she continued healing, and after her final surgery (her craniotomy), she pursued her first yoga teacher training.
It is her heart's desire to share yoga with you. She knows what it has done for her life and her recovery, and she knows it can have a sacred space in your heart as well.
Kellen received her 200-hr Vinyasa Yoga training with Awakened Warrior Yoga Teacher Training, studying one-on-one with master trainer Michael Baez, in the Dharma Yoga lineage. She completed her Yoga Nidra training with Dr. Marc Halpern from the California College of Ayurveda, and had the pleasure of earning her Meditation and Pranayama certification with the ShivaShakti Yoga School.
With a deep love and appreciation for the more yin-energy practices, she also pursued her Yin Yoga certification with Corina Benner through the Integral Yoga Institute of New York, and then went on to study an additional 100 hours with The Fat Yogis, Anat Geiger and Marcel van de Vis Heil. She also has her Restorative Certification with Awakened Warrior Yoga.
Passionate to support fellow trauma-survivors through yoga, Kellen studied with the Trauma Center at Justice Resource Center in Brookline, Massachussetts, and has 40-hours of training in their Trauma Sensitive Yoga (TCTSY).
Her commitment to and curiosity for the philosophy of yoga led her to pursue her 150-hour Raja Yoga Teacher Training Certification from the Integral Yoga Institute in New York City. The spirit of these teachings is the undercurrent of her classes.
May you find a class that can add balance and harmony in your life. Kellen would love to support you in that.
She currently resides in Westchester County, New York, with her adorable English Lab, Tank; her road bike, Vayu; mountain bike, Mellon; 'cross bike, Abeona; and grocery-getter, Smurfette.
She also earned her BA in Spanish and Education from Nebraska Wesleyan University, and her MA in Teaching-TESOL from the University of Southern California.
“The formula for greatness is amor fati, the love of fate, the desire that nothing be different, not forward, not backward, not for all eternity. And not merely to bear what is necessary, but to love it as well.” – Nietzsche