Dr. Kelli Harrington believes that everything in life happens for a reason and that going back to basics, like the Zen proverb says, “Chop wood. Carry water.” is the key to a fulfilling life.
Kelli is a teacher of yoga, an ayurvedic health practitioner, a life coach, reiki master and an Acharya adept in the Kripalu tradition. She has worked with individuals and groups both domestically and abroad for 23 years. The foundation of her work is the mission of ZenSpot, Inc., the company she is Co-Founder and Managing Partner of – Empowering People to Discover Their True Self.
Harrington is committed to inspiring, creating experiences and holding space for those that are interested in exploring what it means to live truly and authentically without boundaries. The company’s development evolved in part from Harrington’s previous company, KAMP KELLI, whose mission was to stimulate consciousness about active health and wellness for women of all ages. ZenSpot, Inc. is the result of over 23 years of personal experience, training, real-world application and experimentation in the field through a variety of environments and mediums, including fitness facilities, educational organizations, radio broadcast, retreat centers and online learning.
Harrington has extensively studied the fields of yoga asana, pranayama, meditation and Ayurveda. The traditions of Swami Kripalu and Krishnamacharya are the basis by which she does her teaching and seva. Kelli earned her 500-hour yoga certification from the Kripalu School of Yoga and her 200-hour yoga certification from YogaFit, and has also studied yoga therapy with Phoenix Rising and Yin Yoga in the tradition of Sarah Powers. Additionally, she is a certified Reiki Energy Healing Master in the tradition of Dr. Mikao Usui and an Ayurvedic Health Practitioner with a focus on nutrition, herbology and Jyotish astrology.
As an educator, trainer, coach and healer, Harrington utilizes her background in educational technology to direct the company's online education platform, opening access to yoga and its associated topics to practitioners and teachers around the globe through the ZenSpot Institute, the educational training facility developed in 2011. Harrington earned a doctorate in Educational Organization and Leadership with a concentration in Critical Hermeneutic theory from the University of San Francisco; an MA in Humanities from Teachers College, Columbia University; a MSEd in Educational Administration and Supervision from Pace University; a Principal and Superintendent’s Credential from the State of New York and a BS in History and Secondary Education from New York University.
Kelli has held posts in K-12 schools as a researcher and accountability administrator, web mistress, assistant principal and classroom teacher of social studies on the secondary level. She also spent over a decade in academia where she served as adjunct faculty and department director in child & adolescent development as well as several deanships in adult and continuing education. She is currently completing a formal certification in ayurvedic medicine from New World Ayurveda in Maine, advanced studies of ancient yogic texts with Brenda Feuerstein of Traditional Yoga Studies in Saskatchewan and a year-long acharya (spiritual teacher) intensive with Devarshi Steven Hartman Jovinna Chan of Pranotthan Yoga School in California.
Harrington is certified in personal fitness training, ayurveda lifestyle and weight management, holistic stress management and lifestyle coaching through the National Exercise and Sports Trainers Association (NESTA) and the Spencer Institute. Kelli’s yoga and ayurveda certifications are recognized by the Yoga Alliance and The Kripalu Schools of Yoga & Ayurveda and her life coaching training is approved by the International Coach Federation (ICF). Kelli received her reiki master training and initiation at the Holistic Studies Institute in New York and is also a specialist in pre-natal/postpartum yoga as well as yoga for seniors. She is the author, with her husband and Co-Founder, Dr. Michael Bittner, of two yoga DVDs, several online courses and a meditation CD for both beginner and advanced practitioners.