Born and raised in Ireland, Dearbhla Kelly, , is a Los Angeles-based yoga teacher, philosopher and writer. She began practicing yoga in 1994 while studying philosophy in Amsterdam and began teaching at Moksha Yoga in Chicago in 2003 while working towards a in philosophy at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She has taught in a wide variety of forums, from teacher trainings, to festivals and conferences and has also taught yoga to prisoners, war veterans with PTSD and children with severe physical disabilities.
She is particularly interested in the intersection of yoga, philosophy and neuroscience and her writing has been published widely in Yoga Journal, Huffington Post, Elephant Journal, Origin Magazine and numerous other publications. Her love of philosophy thoroughly influences her approach to yoga and how yoga can enhance our lives. She is currently working on a book about yoga and flourishing.
Dearbhla is particularly skillful at marrying the more esoteric teachings of yoga with modern scientific insights and the practicalities of everyday life and weaving the philosophical aspects of yoga into her asana teaching.
Her teaching style is accented by her warmth and keen intelligence combined with dynamic sequencing and attention to breath. A dedicated ashtanga practitioner, her lilting Irish accent and Dublin wit make her classes uniquely enjoyable and her generous hands-on assists speak to the depth of her own practice.
Dearbhla teaches yoga, philosophy and neuroscience workshops and leads retreats worldwide.