Kristen's chronic back pain from a young age led her to yoga in 2008. Yoga started as a way to relieve muscle tension and postural issues linked to her scoliosis but quickly began to shift her everyday approach to living. After practicing Ashtanga Yoga for several years and fully experiencing its undeniable benefits she decided to complete her 200hr teaching training at Health Yoga Life in Cambridge, MA.
Since completing her training, Kristen has gone on to teach vinyasa, hatha and restorative yoga and is a certified Yoga For Scoliosis & Back Pain instructor under the guidance of Elise Browning Miller from Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health. She knows first hand the negative impact that chronic pain has on the mind and body and therefore incorporates Asana’s (poses) that emphasize both strength and relief to overworked/weak postural muscles.
By linking breath with each individual movement she tries to help her students develop a calm, meditative practice in which they feel confident in each posture. Her strong emphasis on alignment encourages students to become aware of any imbalances or challenges within their bodies and works with them to help create harmony. As we begin to move the body through connection to our breath we also begin to find stillness in our thoughts, and that is when she believes the real healing process begins!
"Yoga is an internal practice, the rest is just circus."
When she’s not practicing yoga she enjoys traveling everywhere and anywhere. Her favorite thing in life is her ever-growing Bucket List and is always excited to try new things! Kristen is a Certified Holistic Nutritionist and enjoys cooking and eating healthy... yet strongly believes there’s very few things in this life that are better than chocolate.