Kelli Love, M.Ed
Educator and Consultant in New York
Kelli Love, M.Ed is an educator, presenter, and consultant in the field of children's mindfulness and yoga. She develops curriculum with a focus on self-awareness, emotion regulation and well being; Kelli currently teaches at Girls Prep Bronx Elementary, where yoga and mindfulness are embraced as a school wide content area. In 2015 Kelli created a short film, Aliza and the Mind Jar, to demonstrate the impact of yoga and mindfulness curriculum on school communities. She is a former classroom teacher and believes all children have a right to experience the empowering life skills that yoga and mindfulness offer. Her teaching is deeply informed by her training with Little Flower Yoga, Mindful Schools and the intersection of social/emotional learning, service learning, and contemplative practices. Kelli emphasizes a trauma informed lens in her teaching practice.
Kelli brings 20 years of personal mindfulness and yoga practice to her teaching and was inspired to teach by her mother, a public school teacher for 38 years. She received her B.A. in Early Childhood Education from Naropa University (2001), where contemplative practices are integrated into the higher education experience, and also holds a Masters in Elementary Education. In 2004, Kelli completed her initial yoga teacher training and was certified to teach yoga at the 500-RYT level with YogaWorks in 2013. Kelli is also a registered children's yoga teacher (C-RYT) and is a certified mindfulness instructor through Mindful Schools.
Her education and teaching experience led Kelli to a position consulting Yale's Center for Emotional Intelligence and their Social and Emotional learning approach (RULER), to include wellbeing components like mindfulness for k-8 schools. Kelli also currently consults to other organizations like Little Flower Yoga, The Contentment Foundation and Yogis in Service where she leads professional development and/ or develops curricular content.
Kelli has partnered with local universities to contribute to research in the children's yoga and mindfulness field -- Columbia University's Neurocognition and Language lab and with the NYU Department of Applied Psychology to study the impact yoga and mindfulness have on attention, stress and emotion regulation in early childhood.