Kelly Stewart Yoga
Trained in New York City, Kelly brings a unique style of Vinyasa Flow yoga right to Fort Worth, Texas. Her loving hands-on assists coupled with focused but creative sequencing makes for a one-of-a-kind yoga experience. Students are encouraged to challenge themselves by listening to their own bodies in poses instead of making attempts at mimicking the pose they see in a different body (tuning into what feels good over what looks good). Private students can choose poses they'd like to work toward in a safe way or parts of the body that need extra love and attention. Kelly's classes are tailor made for you!
I love working with a variety of bodies and experience levels. Hearing that a student's body is positively influenced by my classes is the quickest way to make my day. While taking yoga classes, I really enjoy receiving hands on assists, so in training, that wound up being my biggest focus. My dance training allowed me to develop interesting, creative sequences and my knowledge of anatomy assists in the tailoring it to the needs of students. I love helping others find length and strength in places they may not have known existed!
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Frequently asked questions
What is your typical process for working with a new student?
I set up a getting to know you session. This can be done over the phone or in person. During this time, we'll determine the student's needs and make sure it's a good fit. From there, we'll schedule a session, and I'll bring in a class specifically created around the student. We'll end the first few classes with a discussion about what the student enjoyed and didn't enjoy, if anything. That way, the student's needs are being met week after week.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I did my 200 hour teacher training in New York City at a studio called New York Yoga. I trained under 13 incredible teachers each with a specialty in the section they taught. A lot of the training was alignment based and I was given many tools for using hands-on assists to create as much space as possible for bodies in these poses.
How did you get started teaching?
I was up to my eyeballs in stress living in New York and hustling to make rent. I hadn't found a yoga studio in my first year of living there and even though I knew it was something I enjoyed, I wasn't really looking. I took a class at New York Yoga on a whim (because it was close to my new apartment) and immediately felt at home. It quickly became evident that I wanted to learn more from the people teaching me yoga there and went into training. I started teaching privates and small groups out of my VERY small New York apartment and the rest is history :)
What types of students have you worked with?
All types. I teach group classes to all bodies - from 13 year olds who are tight from running to 90 year old stroke recovery patients to every day people just looking to reduce stress. I teach classes geared toward VERY active people as well as those who like something a little more gentle.
What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?
Really think about what you'd like to get out of these classes.
Meet with a few teachers, especially if you have limited experience with yoga. There's a huge variety in styles of classes and the teachers who teach them.
Don't be afraid to ask for what you need. If something isn't serving you, request something that will!
What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?
-What am I wanting to gain from these lessons?
-Do I want more meditation or more Asana (poses)?
-What places in the body feel tight or sore most often?