Kelly Birch has been the editor since 2010 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.
With a BA in biological science, Kelly worked in scientific research in the San Francisco Bay Area for several years, including work as a molecular biology technologist at Stanford Health Care and a scientist at Roche Molecular Systems. While the Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Center’s laboratory coordinator for a large molecular epidemiology project with UC Berkeley, Kelly also co-wrote and edited grants, scientific papers and presentations, and manuals.
Kelly copyedited the International Journal of Yoga Therapy for several years and has copyedited over 60 college-level textbooks in the social and biological sciences. She is a freelance book editor, having recently worked on No Gurus Came Knocking (as editor) by Molly Lannon Kenny, and Mudras for Healing and Transformation (as co-editor) by Joseph and Lilian LePage (co-editor).
Kelly has extensive training in yoga (Yoga Alliance E-RYT500) and yoga therapy (including a 500-hour certification in Integrative Yoga Therapy and level II iRest yoga nidra). Kelly has taught yoga to diverse populations, including community classes and veterans as well as private yoga therapy clients since 2004. She is currently enrolled in a master’s program in clinical mental health counseling.