Kristen is known for her precise yet lighthearted approach to yoga. Coming from a background in biology and a love of anatomy Kristen weaves structure and alignment with free movement and exploration. She encourages students to connect with their own bodies and create movement that honors these connections. She understands that all bodies are different but believes that yoga can be done by everyone if we listen to ourselves. Yoga after all is a practice of connection.
Kristen completed her 200 hour multidimensional teacher training at Pavones Yoga Center in Pavones Costa Rica under her teacher Indira Kate Kalmbach. This past year she finished her 1000 hours teaching to become a yoga alliance certified E-RYT. Kristen’s fundamental desire for constant learning is evident in her practice and teaching. You will often find her in classes and workshops or with her nose in a yoga book!
When Kristen isn’t on her mat or driving from class to class listening to podcasts you will often find her outside nourishing herself by connecting to the natural world. Since a young age Kristen has had a deep connection with the earth and she tries to spend as much time outside as possible. She loves to hike and paddle board with her rescued ‘supermutt’ Koby. Kristen also enjoys travelling anywhere and everywhere, creating delicious plant based recipes and enjoying a cup of coffee or a hoppy beer.
Kristen’s joyful and sincere approach to life allows her to share yoga in an inclusive and nonjudgmental way; truly allowing the practice of yoga to bridge gaps. By sharing this practice that continually influences and grounds her Kristen hopes to inspire others to find their yoga.
How has practicing yoga impacted your life?
Yoga has impacted all aspects of my life. From my physical health to my mental health. Yoga has given me to tools to move through life in a completely different way.
What is your favorite yoga asana and why?
I love supported fish pose or legs up the wall for more restorative hang out poses. For more active poses I love all things arm balances and handstands. I also like working with interesting transitions and moving from pose to pose with ease.
What is your favorite yoga-related book/movie?
I’m not sure this is totally related to yoga but I think you can make a connection to it. Women who Run with Wolves
What is your favorite inspirational/spiritual passage or quote?
“Your body is made of the same elements that lionesses are built from. Three quarters of you is the same kind of water that beats rocks to rubble, wears stones away. Your DNA translates into the same twenty amino acids that wolf genes code for. When you look in the mirror and feel weak, remember, the air you breathe in fuels forest fires capable of destroying everything they touch. On the days you feel ugly, remember: diamonds are only carbon. You are so much more.”
― Curtis Ballard
“We are here to awaken from our illusion of separateness.”
― Thich Nhat Hanh
What is something others might not know about you?
I love being active outside. Back country camping and hiking, skiing, mountain biking, swimming and paddleboarding are some of my favorite non yoga activities!