Kimberly Payne

Certified & Registered Yoga Teacher

In 2003 I completed Yoga Teacher Training with Bhumi's Yoga and Wellness and also have a Degree in Psychology from Kent State University. Yoga has changed and inspired me. It has helped me to see my life more clearly. I have gained inspiration from yoga retreats, Isha Yoga practices, local yoga teachers and meditation. I have a daily practice and am committed to my inner journey. I have also been a long time student of Jonny Kest who taught me to live in freedom and to follow my path, wherever it may take me.  

The spiritual depth of yoga has opened doors into many areas of the study of yoga. Bhakti yoga or 'selfless love' is a part of daily living. “It brings wonderful experiences, large and small.” Close to my heart is my beautiful family, empowering friends, the natural world and the peace that a long breath can bring. “Om Namo Bagavate Vasudevaya” - Thy will be done, not mine.

As I move through life I want yoga to take me where I need to go. I appreciate quiet moments, reflecting and spending time in nature. My hope is to keep living this beautiful, raw, painful, joyful, challenging, fulfilling life with grace and compassion.

Why yoga? When I close my eyes I feel at home. 

What makes you come alive? Mountains, the ocean, music and being spontaneous! 

3 words to describe your teaching style?Nurturing, creative and heartfelt

Life before yoga: Hurried, unbalanced and doubtful

Life After yoga: Blessed, grounded and adventurous

Secret pleasure: Cake with lots of frosting!

What is in your backpack: My journal, my favorite pens and my latest knitting project!

What impact do you want to leave on the world: To follow one's heart and to take care of the earth  

If you had 4 legs & you were furry, what would you be? A wild horse 

 You are stuck on an island and can bring 3 things. My family, dark chocolate and a paddle board!