Kelly Birch has an MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and is a board-certified counselor with an integrative psychotherapy practice. She has extensive training in yoga (E-RYT 500) and yoga therapy and is certified as a yoga therapist (C-IAYT) by the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT). Since 2004, Kelly has taught yoga to diverse populations including community classes and veterans, as well as to private yoga therapy clients. She has also trained in teaching mindfulness, including Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction.
From 2010 to 2017, Kelly was the editor in chief of Yoga Therapy Today, the professional membership magazine published by the IAYT. 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 currently a freelance book editor. She is also adjunct faculty at Endicott College in Massachusetts, and is a frequent guest lecturer on mindfulness and yoga at Southern Oregon University in Ashland, Oregon.