One winter day some years ago a small group of people from all over the USA who had participated together in Kim Orr’s Yoga Workshops, showed up at her door to ask Kim to train them to become yoga teachers and therapists. Given that this occurred on January 6th (Epiphany perhaps?) Kim decided to take the hint and move forward with the creation of the Center for Contemplative Practice, home of Contemplative Practice Yoga®. The school is accredited as a 200 hour Registered Yoga School (RYS) with Yoga Alliance. Our yoga therapy training is advanced training which is separate from our Yoga Teacher Training. Our yoga therapy training does not derive from our status as a Registered Yoga School with Yoga Alliance.
About our Founder and Director of Training
Kim Orr has lived all over the world, and loves to say that she can ask for a cookie in seven languages (and that is not counting the dead languages she knows). Kim holds a B.A. from Bowdoin College, and a M.A. from Bryn Mawr College. After passing her doctoral examinations Kim taught History of Art at the University of Delaware and Louisiana State University while writing her doctoral dissertation examining the philosophy of Plato and Plotinus with respect to aesthetics—the philosophy of Beauty—and its application in the Baroque age. She left university teaching upon passing the Foreign Service Exam.
For the next decade, Kim worked overseas both for government and private sector corporations including International Biochemicals Group (IBG) a provider of oil field remediation services. IBG assumed that if Kim could make sense of ancient Greek philosophy, she could surely assimilate enough biology, chemistry, and engineering to assist them with their international toxic waste remediation efforts.
After years of extensive overseas work and travel, Kim decided to turn her attention to the contemplative practices that had sustained her all along.
She returned to the classroom as a Yoga Teacher and Therapist after a 3,000 hour intensive course of study of Asana, Anatomy, Philosophy, and Clinical Practicum. At this point, Kim has been teaching and providing therapy services for over 15 years.
Kim holds the following credentials: E RYT-500—the highest level of accreditation for Yoga Teachers qualifying her to train others to become Yoga Teachers. She is a Certified Yoga Therapist C-IAYT with the International Association of Yoga Therapists. This is in addition to her certification as a Contemplative Practice Yoga® Therapist. She is one of of only 6 Yoga Therapists who provide yoga therapy in Contemplative Practice Yoga in the USA. Her use of the term Yoga Therapist is not derived from her status as an E-RTY 500 with Yoga Alliance but from her two thousand-plus hours of advanced study and certification in yoga therapy training programs. Kim is also a YACEP which means she is qualified to provide continuing education for yoga teachers of all levels.
In recent years Kim has done groundbreaking work in yoga therapy with children with Autism. She has provided yoga therapy services and taught meditation at Woman’s Hospital, and at St. James Episcopal Church in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, as well as St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church in Incline, Nevada. Kim provides therapy for cancer patients around the country.