Founder, Your Mind Body Breath
E-RYT 500, C-IAYT, and YACEP Credentialed
Contemplative Practice Yoga® Teacher
Contemplative Practice Yoga® Therapist
Kim Orr is the founder of Your Mind Body Breath. Here is Kim's story, in her own words...
"Cultivating Quiet. Beholding Beauty.
Quiet and Beauty -- the Thresholds of Eternity, Vastness, and Truth. How might we cross them and settle into the Infinite they promise? I have sought this since I was a child. I wanted to find the thresholds that open the doors of our perception and experience of the Infinite; the Eternal in which our Finite existence takes place.
Okay, I was a weird kid.
But that little kid’s seeking lead me as a young woman to study the Classics. I learned Ancient Greek and Latin so that I could read and know what the brilliant philosophers of antiquity had to say about Truth, Beauty, and Eternity. They seemed to have Eternal wisdom.
I wanted that.
I earned a B.A. from Bowdoin College in Classics and Archaeology. I wanted, literally, to touch Eternity, to hold it in my hands. I spent time in the dirt, among the ruins at archaeological sites in Italy, unearthing and cradling ancient civilizations in my fingertips.
That wasn’t enough, especially after I discovered the passionate Art of the Baroque Age – Caravaggio and Ribera. I shifted my graduate studies from Archaeology to Art History. For Beautiful Art and Architecture, like Beauty in nature, is a threshold for encounters with the Infinite.
They arrested my soul.
I earned an M.A. in History of Art from Bryn Mawr College, and then passed my Ph.D exams in Art History. I began writing a doctoral dissertation on the ways in which ancient Philosophies of Beauty informed the Art of later ages. I taught courses at the University of Delaware and at Louisiana State University.
And one day when I was working in Paris I decided to sit for the Foreign Service Exam. It was being given at the American Consulate – which is housed in a magnificent Palace of great historical and architectural significance. I knew it would be my only chance to see the inside of that great building. So I signed up for the exam.
And I passed. I was one of 12 candidates to pass through all 4 days of the testing, out of a pool of 11,000 people that year.
My whole life turned. It was a different kind of Threshold, but I decided to see what was on the other side.
For the next decade, I worked overseas both for government and private sector corporations including one as far afield from my former interests and studies as International Biochemicals Group (IBG), a provider of oil field remediation services.
It was all fascinating and marvellous in its own way, for quite some years.
And then, I wanted to come home again. I wanted to return to philosophy, to seeking the Infinite and to understand better why we are here and what we are given to be and become.
I turned my attention back to Contemplation, and to the practices that I had learned through my studies which had sustained me through years of hard, long work overseas.
And that lead me back to the classroom, this time as a Yoga Teacher. I entered private practice as a Certified Yoga Therapist after a 3,000 hour intensive course of study of Asana, Anatomy, Philosophy, and Clinical Practicum.
I have been teaching yoga and providing Yoga therapy services for over 15 years now. I hold the E-RYT 500 credential with Yoga Alliance, which qualifies me to train others to become Yoga Teachers. And I have been conducting that training since 2011, in a School I created which is accredited with Yoga Alliance.
I am one of six Certified Advanced Contemplative Practice Yoga® Therapists in the USA. In addition, I also hold the C-IAYT certification with the International Association of Yoga Therapists.
This venture -- a website, blog, and online course -- is my venue for bringing all of this to you, virtually, wherever you are and whenever you are ready to learn.
Thank you for joining me on this path of exploration.