Kelly Boys graduated from university in British Columbia, Canada with a BA in Intercultural Religious Studies. She is a hatha yoga and certified iRest® Yoga Nidra teacher, and is a certified Search Inside Yourself teacher.
Kelly is a consultant with the United Nations Foundation where she helped create and deliver a mindfulness and well-being program for UN humanitarian aid workers on the front lines in the Middle East. She is also a freelance producer at Sounds True Publishing and the host of The Year of Mindfulness program which launched February 2017. She is the former Director of Operations for the Integrative Restoration Institute, a teacher training institute for the research-based and trauma-sensitive mindfulness protocol called iRest. Kelly was also Director of the Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute's facilitator training program, bringing 100 of the top trainers from around the world through a yearlong mastery program in neuroscience-based emotional intelligence and mindfulness. The SIY program was initially created by Google engineer Meng Tan, and the SIY teacher training was launched as a part of his unique vision to enable and support teachers to bring this work not only on a larger scale into Google, but also into a variety of settings around the world. As part of this initiative to create the conditions for world peace, SIY teachers deliver the program in settings as wide-ranging as the UN to tech to non-profit groups.
She spent two years volunteering with James Fox of the Prison Yoga Project to create and deliver a weekly trauma-sensitive mindfulness and yoga program at San Quentin State Prison for incarcerated veterans, and has worked extensively in the field of trauma sensitive mindfulness, teaching meditation to US veterans with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injuries (TBI), as well as to women in prisons, cancer survivors, and those with substance abuse addictions. Click here to listen to a free interview with Kelly regarding her work with yoga nidra.
Kelly is the author of the forthcoming book with Sounds True entitled The Blind Spot Effect: How to Stop Missing What's Right in Front of You, and is a mindfulness trainer and advisor for the meditation app Simple Habit. She teaches retreats and workshops at spots like the Esalen Institute.
'Kelly is a masterful teacher who brings her warm and loving heart, intellectual fortitude, her longtime interest in self-inquiry, her deep ease of being, as well as her grounded presence to her teachings, and her group and individual work with people. Her teachings are grounded and informed by her longtime immersion in both her own personal self-inquiry, as well as her rich and varied studies and integration of both Eastern and Western wisdom traditions of spirituality.
Kelly is a skillful teacher who delivers wisdom teachings of meditation and self-inquiry in a manner that makes them easily accessible to all. Her innate curiosity, enthusiasm for life and inherent loving and compassionate nature provide a supportive, safe and nurturing environment that enables participants to deeply rest and relax while learning to intimately explore the nature of their own experience. Her style of teaching call us to experience meditative self-inquiry as a joyful and playful experience, while supporting us to move beyond our limited conditioning and awaken to our inherent freedom and interconnectedness with all of life.'
Richard Miller, PhD, President of the Integrative Restoration Institute
Author of Yoga Nidra: The Meditative Heart of Yoga