Kim Smarr, 200 hr E-RYT is the owner and the primary teacher at BeWell Yoga, LLC (http://kimsmarr.com/index.html). Her journey began in 2005 when she needed something to bring order to her chaotic life. She has 4 amazing, unique, challenging children who were the catalyst for her to seek more balance…enter yoga.
Kim knew, when yoga began to heal her heart and her relationship with herself, and the impact it had on her family, that she was going to teach this practice. In 2008 she journeyed to Rishikesh, India to embark on her initial 200 hour teacher Training. Kim began teaching regularly in Johnstown in 2008. She has led workshops on alignment, restoration, and chakras in surrounding cities as well as international Yoga retreats to Costa Rica and Mexico, Hawaii (Peru is next in February 2017). She has guest starred in 6 episodes of Yoga Today.com and taught privates to individuals and large corporations like New Belgium Brewery. She has over 300hours of additional advanced teacher training and over 3000 teaching hours. She has continued her studies with Master Teacher Jeanie Manchester in Boulder, CO.
Kim’s classes will be full of alignment and modification. She prides herself on her teaching range. She can teach chair yoga, advanced yoga, and anything in between. She likes to challenge students but feels a solid foundation is the best approach to keep the practice sustainable for a lifetime. More than anything, what makes her classes unique is her ability to weave the tantric heart philosophy into the theme of the class. You will hear her tell you time and again, “The poses are all gimmicks to get you here! Yoga is truly about the breath, your hearts alignment, prana (energy), mental clarity, and all the other unseen parts of you. Touching your toes doesn’t matter if you leave and feel defeated or less than…what are you learning about your patterns, your mental dialogue, your knee jerk reactions to things that are challenging? Those answers are truly the practice.” She is adamant that she is not a group fitness instructor. She is not concerned about your “physical fitness” she has been called to teach physical alignment, mental alignment and heart/spirit alignment. All 3 of these things are interwoven and require attention when you are seeking true transformation. "Yoga is not for everyone…it is only for those ready for change.".
I first met Kim 8 years ago at a workshop and I knew right then I wanted to have this amazing person teach at my studio that I was getting ready to open! Not only am I blessed to have this amazing soul in my life, but we all are blessed here at the studio. Kim teaches on Saturdays a Vinyasa Yoga class at 8 am and a Gentle Yoga class 9:30.