Meet Our Founder.

 

Upward Inertia was founded by Kaelyn Rogers, an occupational therapist, therapeutic yoga provider, and Ayurvedic health coach.

Prior to founding UI, Kaelyn spent more than five years working under the medical model, specifically in neurological rehabilitation. Kaelyn saw the need for a more holistic approach to health and easier access for the most vulnerable in our community. From this need Upward Inertia was born.

Kaelyn has been practicing various styles of yoga for over 12 years. She has found tremendous benefits to her own physical and mental health from this practice and has built her life around yogic principals. She completed her 200-hour therapeutic yoga teacher training for healthcare professionals from the Holistic Yoga Therapy Institute and has subsequently engaged in mindfulness, meditation, and yoga training programs in the United States, India, Nepal, and Thailand.

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Kaelyn has been providing weekly classes at ISCI since July 2018, has taught acroyoga workshops and intensives both nationally and internationally since 2013, and teaches one on one and group yoga sessions for both able bodied and differently abled individuals. Kaelyn designed and implemented a therapeutic yoga wrap around service at Woodrow Wilson Rehabilitation Center and provided similar offerings at St. Luke’s Rehabilitation Hospital. Kaelyn’s teaching focuses on finding strength within range of motion in order to improve stability within the joints and prevent injury. She utilizes her knowledge of body mechanics from her Occupational Therapy background to both breakdown poses in an easy and accessible way and also provide cues to prevent injury and protect the body.


Board of Directors

Director & CEO: Kaelyn Rogers

+ President: James Beauchemin

Dr. James Beauchemin is an Assistant Professor in the School of Social Work at Boise State University. He received his PhD from Ohio State University and MSW from the University of Vermont. Dr. Beauchemin’s research interests include wellness promotion, integrated mind-body-spirit interventions, and Solution-Focused Brief Therapy. He has numerous publications and has presented papers and conducted trainings at local, regional, national, and international conferences. He is a practicing Licensed Clinical Social Worker and certified Health Coach specializing in health-related behavior change. In addition, his interest and expertise in wellness promotion has led to opportunities such as serving as a Subject Matter Expert for the American Council on Exercise, and providing wellness-focused training for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

+ Vice President: Karen Gentilman

Karen holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in social work from California State University of Long Beach. She has worked 30 years in health care, currently as a Medical Social Worker at St. Luke’s Rehab Hospital. She previously served as a US Peace Corp Volunteer in Liberia, West Africa from 1987-1989. Karen believes in taking a holistic approach to health and wellness that include severals aspect of personal health: physical, emotional, social, spirit and intellectual with the emphasises of the connection of mind, body, and spirit.

+ Secretary: Marc Aiello

Marc Aiello is a Correctional Lieutenant for the Idaho Department of Correction. He has spent the last 15 years working closely with maximum and medium custody inmates and has heard story after story of how these individuals turned to drugs or alcohol to deal with the hurt and trauma in their lives. He has had a passion for fitness from a young age and has seen the physical, spiritual, and mental benefits of such. A life time of martial arts training in various disciplines and a new found love for yoga motivate him to want to give back. Marc believes healing can happen through the many programs offered through Upward Inertia and is excited to be a part of the journey!