My name is Kelli Schaffter and I appreciate you being here!
I'm thrilled to weave together my many interrelated passions into one holistic hub—Peace to the People.
As a writer, yoga teacher, fitness instructor, marketing specialist and social media manager, I am on a mission to spread joy and competency to as many people as possible.
Creative, enthusiastic, and a wearer of many hats, I graduated from The Ohio State University in 2013 with a B.A. in Women's, Gender + Sexuality Studies and a concentration in Narrative, Culture + Representation.
Passionate about creative writing and photography, I also graduated with minors in Studio Art and English.
I then went into the world with wide-eyed idealism and learned a great deal over the years working with many brilliant entrepreneurs, inventors, designers, MBA's, and business gurus that I still can't believe I've been lucky enough to meet on my path to the present.
I've long combined my love of photography, editing, writing, and go-get-'em entrepreneurial enthusiasm to stay afloat while strumming up dreams of becoming a successful and authentic artist in modern day America.
To experience mind-body balance and peace while pursuing my many dreams, I next graduated from the Yoga on High Teacher Training and Ayurveda Institute in 2015, earning my 200 Hour Registered Yoga Teacher certification with Yoga Alliance.
And what does one do with such arbitrary degrees and certifications? Craft this precise website and company. 😉
I was initially drawn to teaching yoga and meditation after studying principles of mindfulness from the work of Thich Nhat Hanh in a truly life-changing academic course called Holistic Theories of Social Transformation: Spiritual Activism & Engaged Buddhism.
I fell in love with putting thoughts and ideas into action and practice.
A lover of literature, social studies, and peaceful activism, I use my teaching in a hope to influence subtle societal change—to share self-care practices and relaxation techniques to instill a deep sense of well-being and confidence into my students.
(Side note: to pronounce my notoriously mispronounced last name, imagine an "off" in the middle. Schäffter. 😜)
In all classes, I attempt to meet you where you are and have fun.
I enjoy infusing relaxation techniques and mental training skills while working out and facing intensity to foster resiliency, peace, ease, and ever-increasing strength.
One to enjoy the present moment, I hope to make each class a positive community experience, providing an atmosphere of support, non-judgement, and acceptance of yourself and others.
A former first chair percussionist, pianist and head drummer, I place great importance on crafting specific playlists that shape the power and energy of each class.
I enjoy rhythmic vinyasa flows, cycling cadence drills, and moving to the beat of my own drum. (Zing! 😜)
Thanks for making it this far. Let's be friends.