About Kellie Jean Codianna
My name is Kellie Jean Codianna and I teach Yoga, Pilates and Ayurveda/Nutrition Wellness Counseling. When I took my first class Yoga class in 1994 at Pace University in NYC, I immediately felt confident, coordinated and connected to my mind and body! After landing back in New Haven, CT there were very few studios so I continued my practice with a 6 set of VHS tapes of Rodney Yee and Patricia Walden and once in a while finding a Yoga class that worked for my schedule at the JCC. In 2003 a friend mentioned there was a Yoga Teacher Training at the new studio down the road from my home. I ran over got the number to sign up and had an interview. Kim Valeri of YogaSpirit Studios has been my mentor and teacher since 2004! Yoga facilitated my process of connecting and believing in MEEEE! I struggled with self worth in my youth and each time I get on the mat, I immediately remember I am ME and I am great just as I am…It was a painful ride getting to where I am. While in my 200 hour Yoga TT, we were advised to do a 40 day Ayurveda detox. I stuck with 40 days of zero sugar, wheat, dairy, meat, and corn. The clarity and energy (along with shedding 20 pounds) felt incredible! Since then, I have been studying Ayurveda, a sister Science of Yoga to learn ways to manage digestive discomforts. In 2008 after 4 years of teaching and loving each moment, I was faced with consistent uncomfortable back pain. I did have a horrible ice skating accident and looking back I saw other aspects that lead me to chronic discomfort. Certain Vinyasa Flow classes became out of the question and I tried a number of modalities until one day in 2011, I tried Pilates and felt immediate relief. When something helps me I want to share it with the world. A training was starting so I signed up and learned more intricate details of the Posture and Alignment and suddenly Anatomy made sense. Through Pilates, I learned to stabilize my back by becoming stronger in my core.
I have been studying, teaching, being a mom and teaching all around CT, MA and RI since 2004. My son Zach is 16 and I am now ready to dive into a wider map bringing my passion to help people feel stable and balanced in mind and body around the world. Currently I offer private sessions in Hamden, CT and on Skype/Facetime. I teach Ayurveda Cooking classes in Hamden, CT. I love working with people privately and teach classes. Privates being more intimate and classes being playful connecting with a group collectively is amazing. In a class or a private know that first and foremost I will remind you the BREATH is the fundamental piece of your practice. I weave in the teachings of anatomy as well as the spiritual discipline with watching the wandering monkey mind.
My extensive studies include 500 hours of Yoga Therapy training and 200 hours in fundamentals, both with Yoga Spirit Studios. This foundation of this training is in Iyengar method focusing on alignment. I have also studied with several internationally known Yoga teachers learningadditional disciplines such as Kundalini, Meridian Yoga (which includes shiatsu pressure along pathways in the body) and Yin Yoga. My Ayurveda studies include Joseph Immel of Joyful Belly and Kerala Academy. My 200 hour PiIates Certification is with In Balance Pilates.
Sharing and helping people feel deeply connected to their best self brings me true JOY! These teachings of working on my inner self have helped me face my fears, addictions, back pain, bringing mental clarity, feeling whole and complete. I look forward to assisting YOU on your path to total wellness in mind, body and spirit.