Everyone, meet Kristina!
Kristina has been teaching a Vinyasa Flow class with extra core work on Saturdays for a while, and last month added a HOT Deep Stretch Flow class on Wednesdays. A more gentle vinyasa flow class with the benefit of a heated room, her Deep Stretch class focuses on developing and improving posture, balance and flexibility.
YL How did you discover yoga?
I took my first yoga class in 2004 after my mom, who started practicing yoga while battling breast cancer, suggested it to help me relieve the stress and pressure I was feeling from university. I fell in love with it and have been practicing ever since.
YL What excites you about your own practice?
I truly look forward to stepping on my mat everyday – whether it is for 5 minutes or 2 hours, I try to make time each day to deepen my own practice. Although I am a teacher, I will always be a student! I’m always excited, and sometimes surprised, when I learn something new about myself through yoga. It is such a beautiful spiritual and physical practice. Yoga continues to guide me on my personal journey towards peace and I am grateful for that.
YL How would you describe your classes and your teaching style?
I primarily teach Vinyasa yoga. I would describe my classes as playful and energetic, connecting breath with movement while focusing on alignment, flexibility and most importantly core strength. I incorporate yoga philosophy, anatomy and meditation in each power-building class sequence. I also love to play a variety of music to accompany the flow of each class.
YLWhat inspires you, personally? OR What gets you going every day?
My love for yoga and teaching truly inspires me! I’m inspired by my teachers, students and fellow yogis as I continue to grow and learn from them. My love for my family also gets me going everyday. My husband’s patience, kindness and positive attitude makes me want to be a better person and I am very thankful for that.
YLWhere do you think yoga, as a movement, is heading?
The practice of yoga, in it’s entirety, is constantly evolving and growing as we see new styles of yoga being introduced and new tweaks being made to older practices. Through all this change, and regardless of which style of yoga you take on, I believe the goal remains the same – to look within yourself and take time to nurture your mind, body and soul.