Director of Curriculum & Instruction
Inquiry is Kelly's philosophy, conscious embodiment the method, to explore life. Her curiosity about the nature of consciousness led her to experience many forms of meditation, breath work, yoga, and massage. Initially to expand her own interior consciousness and external experience of life, these pursuits led her to study them academically because methods that produce measurable and replicable results became as important to her as having process-oriented experiences. She holds Bachelor’s degrees in Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies and Psychology, with an emphasis in Liberation Psychology, including both quantitative and qualitative research internships from the University of Kansas.
A licensed massage therapist since 1997, Kelly has a strong knowledge of anatomy which brings a depth of technical understanding to her teaching. In her workshops, Kelly uses Blandine Germain-Calais illustrations of the pelvis and Ray Long and Chris MacIvor’s illustrated anatomy for Yoga books, as well as and other visual aids in her workshops to help students better understand which muscles are most operational in their poses. Most importantly for Kelly, though, is to guide others to in the ability to feel this as embodied presence, not just ideas or postures.
Leading workshops in Somato-Respiratory Integration (breath work and energy work) since 2002, her witnessing change in the bodies, energy fields and mental/emotional states of clients indelibly inform her depth of teaching.
She completed her 200 hour yoga certification at the Yoga School of Therapeutics and joined the teaching staff in 2014. Since that time, Kelly has received specialty training and certification in Yoga Nidra, Pranayama, Yin Yoga and Yoga for the Pelvic Floor. She is an E-RYT 200 YACEP provider through Yoga Alliance. Currently, she is pursuing advanced certifications in yoga therapy and Ayurvedic studies through the KC Yoga Therapy program under the tutelage of Renee DeTar.
Kelly is committed to helping people experience greater ease and joy in their bodies and their lives! If you have questions or thoughts to share, she'd love to talk to you about your needs, vision and wishes. Inquiry is Kelly's philosophy, conscious embodiment the method, to explore life.
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Heather Rama and Julianne Hutchcraft
Julianne is registered with Yoga Alliance at the E-200 level and is in the KC Yoga Therapy Program here at the IIYS. She currently offers classes in Yin Yoga and privates using Thai Yoga Massage at Maya Yoga in the Crossroads District, downtown Kansas City. Julianne began her journey in health care in 1998 as a Registered Nurse, caring for patients who were in the Intensive Care Unit, Cardiac Unit, and Emergency Room. In 2007, she began to experience her own health crisis which eventually led to a significant career change. But first her time and energy was consumed with her own search for wellness. As Julianne began to explore yoga and the health benefits for herself, she discovered a new opportunity to build upon her nursing background. After a few years of practicing yoga and experiencing the transformation that takes place with consistent practice, she completed her 200-hour Yoga teacher training in 2010 with Theresa Murphy at One Tree Yoga, in Omaha, NE. In 2011, she completed her Health & Wellness Coach training. Combining her passion and deep appreciation of yoga with her coaching skills allows her to uniquely connect with groups and individuals to support a whole, balanced and healthy lifestyle. In 2015, Julianne began Thai Yoga Therapy training to enhance her skills set in healing myofascial pain, limited range of motion and injury. Using a "Coaching the Body" approach of combining the ancient healing art of Thai Yoga with modern pain science and Trigger Point therapy calls to her deeply. She continues to study this revolutionary approach under the founder & creator, Chuck Duff at The Thai Bodywork School in Evanston,IL.
Julianne enjoys working with groups and individuals to offer personalized programs rooted in Ayurveda and Yoga philosophy, including asana (poses), breathwork, Thai Yoga concepts, trigger point theory, functional anatomy and modern pain science to restore pain-free movement, stability, balance and overall health & well-being of body, mind & spirit. She offers privates and classes at Maya Yoga, in the Crossroads District of downtown Kansas City.
For Heather, allowing people to feel better tin their bodies has always been the most important part of teaching yoga. She was certified by the Yoga School of Therapeutics and is currently enrolled in the KC Yoga Therapy Program under the tutelage of Renee DeTar. She is registered with Yoga Alliance as a E-200 and RYT500. She truly believes yoga is for every body and works to bring her students back into balance in their lives. Heather combines therapy research principles, theory and treatment with the adapted practice and poses of yoga. Her students learn strength, balance and flexibility through focused stretching and relaxation exercises. Guiding her students in and out of the poses in a controlled manner also helps aid in developing stamina, posture awareness and motor control. Heather teaches throughout the Kansas City area and assists with IIYS events. When not teaching and working on her professional skills, Heather can be found giggling with her two young children or traveling the world.