Our Clients Say…
It may be a little biased to say this, but I’ve got the most amazing clients on the planet. Higher Ground’s client base of super-busy women (and a couple of lucky guys) all have something crucial in common:
They commit to taking care of themselves and they use yoga to change their lives,
one private session at a time.
But don’t take my word for it, take theirs…
“I am a true yoga convert. As a professional, working mom with a hectic schedule, Kelly and Higher Ground Yoga have made yoga accessible to me in a way it was not before. I didn’t have time or inclination to go to a class at a yoga studio. Private yoga is rewarding and special in many ways. The individualized attention allows me to understand the look and feel of the poses and to practice on my own. The follow-up and email suggestions have helped me incorporate yoga in my daily life and travel. And the results are fabulous — increased flexibility and agility and a calmer state of mind.”
“Kelly and Higher Ground Yoga have been an amazing addition to my life. I have always loved yoga but just could not work most studio classes into my schedule. I started working with Higher Ground because of convenience, but I have found that it is also just an all-around better experience. No yoga class instructor can provide the kind of personalized attention that Kelly provides in a private setting. In addition to a great workout and all-important “me” time, my body just hurts less and works better than it ever has before in my adult life. Kelly’s accessibility in between sessions is also astonishing. Her post-session e-mails are always thorough and incredibly helpful, and her thoughtful responses to my mid-week questions about difficulties practicing or even just coping with pulled muscles are priceless. She’s a true partner in my mental and physical well-being!”
“I can’t believe I am doing yoga and I love it! I have become a true believer. For years, I have watched others participate in yoga classes and decided that it was not for me. I taught aerobics for 10 years while in college and graduate school and I had a complete misperception of yoga and its benefits. Through training with Kelly, I have discovered that I could get a true workout where my body would shake and beads of sweat would magically appear while ending the session feeling like I had just had a massage. My private yoga sessions are a true retreat in my very hectic life! NAMASTE! Thank you Kelly!”
“I have wanted to try yoga for years, but for just as long, have had reservations about group classes. At first, I was simply embarrassed about trying something new in front of so many people. Then, the reasons for my discomfort became much more acute. Several years ago, I developed a health condition that affects the way I look and makes it very difficult for me to exercise in front of other people. As a result, I stopped going to the gym, stopped exercising outside, and felt that I was relegated to an exercise regime revolving around the treadmill in my basement — not my idea of fun. When I heard about Kelly and her at-home, private yoga sessions, it was a revelation.
One thing I deeply appreciate about Kelly is that she recognizes that the yoga mat is a vulnerable place. That’s particularly true for me. But working one-on-one with Kelly, in the privacy of my own home, has transformed the yoga mat into a safe space, where I can focus on myself and not on what other people are thinking. Signing up with Kelly is one of the best things I’ve ever done for myself — yoga is making me stronger from the inside out!”
“My private yoga practice has given me a sacred space to reconnect and release my body and spirit. Kelly has had such a meaningful personal impact, that I’ve even signed up for Higher Ground’s custom yoga retreat offering — asking Kelly to offer classes on a vacation I’m taking with my girlfriends to the Mayan Riviera — so that she can share her sense of serenity, personalized classes and signature ‘moves a woman can use’ with my friends. I can’t wait to continue seeing and feeling the results!”
“I am a business owner who works crazy hours and suffers from severe migraines and residual neck/back issues from an elevator accident. Kelly is truly a godsend and my experience with her has been amazing! Each session, she meets me where I am and then challenges me to try new things, all while her personalized playlist for me is cranking out a great vibe. By the end, I feel totally refreshed and ready to take on the world! I have greatly improved my ability to manage stress at work and have a better overall sense of well-being, in addition to fewer migraines. I love yoga! I love Kelly!”
“I don’t know how I have lived without her so far, but since our work together started earlier this year, Kelly has become an essential part of my life. I have had back pain for over 12 years, resulting from a car accident; my doctors diagnosed me recently with two protruding discs. I was making at least 4 doctors’ visits a month to get shots and prescriptions for everyday pain management. It not only affected my work, but also kept me from doing fun things with my kids. That made me realize that I needed to do something about the way I was feeling. My medications weren’t relieving the pain as effectively, and my doctors only suggested surgery… but I didn’t want to do that. I started working with Higher Ground soon thereafter.
Since Kelly and I started private yoga and breathing for strength, relaxation and pain management, I have not taken one pill. The real success came, though, when my youngest son and I were leaving home one day: I ran into the house to get something I’d forgotten, and when I came back, he yelled “Mom, you ran!”, something he’d never seen me do because of the pain. I feel wonderful now, and I’m able to enjoy my sons as they are growing up, whether it involves running, jumping, climbing, swimming & walking long distances. Thank you Kelly and Higher Ground Yoga. Namaste!”
“The first thing I learned about private yoga with Kelly is that one is NEVER too old or too physically-challenged to benefit from this wonderful practice! After years of back problems that forced me into physical therapy and using medication to take off the edge, I wanted a remedy that wasn’t dependent on prescriptions or medical appointments. I thought yoga would be a natural way to heal and develop a manageable approach to lifelong exercise, but I couldn’t get the direct and consistent instruction I felt I needed in classes to progress. Kelly’s personal attention to every movement and yoga position teaches proper alignment and breathing, and her soothing instruction coupled with the fantastic music provide a wonderful, healing, rejuvenating experience. Through our 1:1 sessions, I’ve gained a new level of body awareness that’s given me such a relief for my sore muscles and problem areas, such that I no longer need physical therapy… I’ve even lost ten pounds! I don’t think I could do anything better for my body, or do it with a better instructor!”
“Kelly is a knowledgeable, patient, modern, calming yet challenging instructor. Her sessions were therapeutic and almost indescribable; each one was tailored to how I was feeling that day and what my goals were. They focused on strength, flexibility and mental clarity, and pushed me to limits I hadn’t reached before in yoga. I have been in many yoga classes, but I’ve never finished the sessions feeling so accomplished as I did after my private yoga sessions with Kelly. Practicing in my home also allowed me to achieve a deep level of complete comfort and vulnerability that I have found unachievable in a group environment. With Kelly’s instruction and guidance, my yoga reached a level I thought I would only ever dream about.”
“I love practicing yoga with Kelly! I’d never been able to get into yoga in the past, but when I became pregnant while recuperating from a back injury, I decided to try prenatal yoga. Kelly was a godsend. Not only does she makes yoga physically accessible by holding sessions at one’s home or office (I’ve done both), but she also makes it conceptually accessible — I finally feel as though I understand what my body is supposed to be doing! The private yoga practice helped me to feel great during the pregnancy. Kelly made sure to address both my pregnancy and lower back issues, and her expertise was evident from the beginning. The post-pregnancy back-to-shape yoga sessions have been equally valuable, for both body and mind. Working with Kelly is one of the best things I’ve ever done for myself! ”
“I started doing yoga on a regular basis a little over a year ago. I loved it, but my hectic work life got in the way of making it to the studio on a regular basis. When I found out I was pregnant, I really wanted to take prenatal yoga classes and a friend told me about Kelly and Higher Ground. It has been great! Kelly coming to me at a time that’s best for me has prevented work from getting in the way of classes again, and our private yoga sessions are fabulous. I love that they are tailor-made to me and she’s been great about exercises that help me to connect with my growing little one.”
“I am not one for exercise, so if I’m going to work out, I want results. From my first private yoga session with Kelly, I felt more flexible, stronger and somehow lighter. Rather than dread ‘exercise,’ I look forward to my sessions with her. She finds a way to push me harder than I knew I could go, while at the same time sensing when I need to ‘take a child’s pose.’ Rather than feeling wiped out at the end of each session, I feel calm and refreshed.”
“As a busy mom with a natural aversion to working out, I knew feeling healthy and fit during my pregnancy was going to be a challenge. Kelly’s in-depth, individualized consultation and private yoga program not only put me at ease immediately but actually made me excited about the prospect of exercising! She helped me set realistic goals while still challenging me. Kelly also consistently takes that extra step by providing tips on navigating the aches and pains of pregnancy, setting aside restorative time, and ways to practice postures. Kelly is truly invested in the well-being of her clients and her enthusiasm can’t help but rub off on you too!”
“I worked with Kelly during my pregnancy. I am a litigator at a private law firm, and it can get hectic; I really looked forward to our sessions to help me stay balanced. She is an inspiring, knowledgeable, and fun yoga teacher. She customized every private yoga practice to meet my specific needs and preferences, and even used some of my favorite music in our classes! At the end of each session, I felt relaxed, energized, and just plain happy. My yoga-doubting sister even became a devotee of the practice after just one session with Kelly. My only complaint is that I can’t have her available for yoga sessions every day!”
“Kelly makes yoga cool for guys…’hooked after the first session and I have seen drastic improvements in upper body strength in the weight room..thanks Kelly!”
“I began working with Kelly with the goal of adding a different dimension to my training regime. As a professional basketball player in Europe who competes 9 to 10 months a year, I am constantly looking for ways to vary my off-season conditioning. I’ve taken classes at studios or followed workouts on DVDs off and on, but from my initial consultation with Kelly – when she asked profound questions that made me think about my goals, and helped her design a very effective program for me – I realized this was going to be a yoga experience that was different from any other I had.
My experience with Kelly was not only enjoyable, but offered a true sense of accomplishment. I learned, and built confidence in, useful poses for my specific problem areas and athletic training, with the final session serving as a chance to put everything we learned together allowing me to experience how all the small pieces we worked on fit into place.
A month later and over 3800 miles away as I worked my way through a sun salutation on my own, in the midst of my unfamiliar Spanish apartment, with the sound of unfamiliar words being spoken just outside my windows, I experienced something strangely familiar. I realized that it did not matter if I was chilling in child’s pose in America, or diving into a dolphin push-up in Spain; my practice is my practice, and I can take it with me anywhere in the world because the only necessary ingredient is me. I couldn’t help but smile as I was filled again with that huge sense of accomplishment, realizing just how meaningful my work with Kelly had been.”