Kelly Birch has a master’s in clinical mental health counseling and is a National Certified Counselor with an integrative psychotherapy practice. She has extensive training in yoga (Yoga Alliance E-RYT500) and yoga therapy (including Integrative Yoga Therapy and iRest yoga nidra). She is certified as a yoga therapist by the International Association of Yoga Therapists (C-IAYT). Kelly has taught yoga to diverse populations, including community classes and veterans as well as private yoga therapy clients since 2004. She has received training in teaching mindfulness, including a 6-day residential teacher training in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction.
From 2010 to 2017, Kelly was the editor of Yoga Therapy Today, the professional membership magazine published by the International Association of Yoga Therapists. She was the founding editor of the Journal of Yoga Service, a peer-reviewed publication of the Yoga Service Council, which she edited for two years. Kelly was copyeditor and text developer on the Principles and Practice of Yoga in Health Care published by Handspring in 2016 and is a freelance book editor.
With a BA in biological science, Kelly worked in scientific research in the San Francisco Bay Area, including work as a molecular biology technologist at Stanford Health Center and as a research assistant at Roche Molecular Systems. While laboratory coordinator on a large molecular epidemiology project at the Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Center with UC Berkeley, Kelly also contributed to writing and editing scientific papers and presentations.