Kelly Stern

Kelly SternWhat is your primary career and what do you do, how long have you been doing it?

I am the co-founder of Yogarden Hawaii, a loving organic farm in Waimanalo, which mission is to educate the community on the importance of growing your own food and living a healthy, sustainable lifestyle through the principles of yoga, gardening and music.  I’m often found with my hands in the land cultivating organic produce, or in the kitchen preparing a plant-based, farm-to-table dinner. Yogarden was established in 2011. 

How long have you been teaching yoga and how many classes do you teach?

I have been teaching yoga since 2007 (practicing for 17 years).  I currently teach one public class per week.  Most of my teachings are offered through workshops and events such as live music yoga classes, farm yoga classes, and private lessons.  I teach my public classes at Hot Yoga by the Sea in Kailua every Monday at 8:15 a.m.  I share live music yoga classes with Yogarden and Aloha Yoga Kula, also on the Windward side of Oahu. I’m often teaching a vinyasa style class with an emphasis on alignment, breath, and some yummy Yin Yoga poses. 

What are the benefits of teaching yoga in addition to having a full-time career?

I appreciate the opportunity I have to connect and build relationships with students who are facing their own selves through their yoga practice.  It’s a reminder for me to get out of my own way, as I continue to be of service in all the work that I do.  

What are the negatives?

I do not have any.

What recommendation can you give to other future yoga teachers who don’t want to give up their primary job to teach yoga?

Teaching yoga is a beautiful offering to share, as it can fit into whatever your daily schedule.  You don’t have to give up your job to become a yoga teacher. 

How has yoga helped you in your current career?

Yoga is part of the foundation of our business. But specifically for farming, yoga has taught me how to breathe as I move through challenging physical actions. Yoga has taught me how to see nature and the cycle of life in a new way. Yoga has taught me patience, compassion, and diligence.

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