Dearbhla Kelly began practicing yoga in 1994 while studying philosophy in Amsterdam. She holds M.A.’s in philosophy from University College Dublin and the University of Illinois at Chicago. Currently based in Los Angeles, she teaches yoga, neuroscience and philosophy workshops worldwide.

Dearbhla is particularly skillful at marrying the esoteric teachings of yoga with the practicalities of everyday life, and integrating insights from current science to deepen our understanding of how  yoga helps us find increased joy, wellbeing and freedom. She also finds great joy in doing yoga with children who have cerebral palsy. She has published articles exploring the aforementioned subjects in Yoga Journal, Huffington Post and other publications.

Currently a dedicated Ashtanga practitioner, Dearbhla’s asana teaching style is deeply informed by her extensive training in Forrest Yoga, and in depth studies of Anusara, Yin Yoga, Vinyasa flow and Yoga Nidra. Her lilting Irish accent and Dublin wit make her classes uniquely enjoyable.


Photos by Robert Sturman