Humber yoga instructor keeps self-isolated students active through YouTube classes

by | Apr 2, 2020 | Headlines, News

Harmony Multani, Senior Reporter

Our society may have come to a halt, but Kellie Elliot, a yoga instructor at Humber College is doing what she can to keep Humber students inhaling and exhaling.

“I wanted offer my medicine to the world in these uncertain times,” Elliot said in a phone interview. “Breathing help’s our parasympathetic system, elongating our exhale is what will help us move from our fight and flight mode into rest and relaxation, which is really important right now.”

Elliot is hosting live yoga sessions on her YouTube channel KellieBom Yoga on Friday nights at 9 p.m. and Sunday mornings at 10 a.m.

Kellie Elliot, a yoga instructor at Humber College, is doing what she can to keep Humber students inhaling and exhaling. (Kellie Elliot)

“We’re being mindful of what’s going on in the world right now, how does that feel in our bodies and how does that feel in our mind,” she said. “We should slow down,”

Maintaining physical health can help people stay positive in the current uncertain times

“We have gone from this societal norm of grinding every day, and the switch is obviously effecting our brains, so staying active can help us maintain the status quo in our minds,” Elliot said.

Viewers are finding Elliot’s classes important to their routines.

“Kellie’s classes are extremely helpful during this time, as moving my body is crucial for me to maintain my mental health along with my physical health,” said Lisa Dematos, a fourth-year Business Administration student at the University of Guelph-Humber.

Elliot’s classes offer easy instruction with many options, so both the novice and master yogi can find something that works for them.

“I love practicing yoga on a regular basis and found that it wasn’t too easy, or difficult to follow along,” Dematos said.

Elliot believes trying yoga at home is a great opportunity for anyone to learn and practice.

“You’re in your living room, nobody will see if you make a mistake or if you can’t reach your toes, but once you do start you’ll see how quickly you can reach your toes and it will keep you motivated,” she said.

Elliot says physical distancing has opened up a new wave in the yoga industry, and doing yoga at home with an online teacher may become a new norm.

“Yoga is my passion, and I couldn’t imagine going through this time without teaching yoga,” Elliot said. “I miss having my students in my class room, but I’ve found a way around that, and I think that can be applied to anything.”

She suggests to also try meditation, which can often be intimidating, but she believes it is important now more than ever.

“Meditation will really help us alleviate all of the anxiety and will help us to identify the difference between what we can control, which is our selves, and what we can’t control,” Elliot said.

“Don’t be intimidated, you’re in a safe space,” she said. “Just do yoga.”