Yoga is a path of action and practice, a lifestyle and a state of mind. I teach based on my own discipline and experience. Along with the physical workout, I focus on breath control and movement as ways to quiet the mind and elevate the spirit. I believe that consistency is of utmost importance. With a background in competitive sports (karate, swimming, gymnastics), Yoga was the next step to my physical development and a new philosophy. I was introduced to Ashtanga by Reed Taylor in Miami Beach. I have been teaching since 2003 after training with Larry Schultz and Katie Cariffe at It’s Yoga in San Francisco. I encourage students to approach this experience with enthusiasm and an open mind.
I first came to yoga as a complement to ballet and modern dance training. Yoga allowed me strengthen my body in a more balanced way that I needed to excel as an athlete. I noticed the effects of the yoga practice that unfolded were not just physical. A more holistic experience with the world was awakening. After practicing different forms of yoga for almost 15 years, I came upon the It’s Yoga Astanga Vinyasa system. Since my teacher training I have enjoyed an ever expanding love for the practice. I love sharing the practice with others, learning from others, developing a community and a shared language. Life’s a trip, life’s a journey, enjoy the ride and watch from the Rocket ship.
In 2008, I began practicing Rocket Yoga at It's Yoga with Larry Schultz and have been committed to this system ever since. The Rocket is golden because it gives you all the benefits of a yoga practice without all the nonsense and pretense that often accompany yoga in the West. At Asta, we continue to share the Rocket in the spirit of simplicity. This is real Ashtanga. Eight limbs. A practical means to attain peace. The classes that I lead are detail-oriented to bring awareness to your reality, which is what you feel. With dedication, this system can be integrated into any lifestyle by any body to reveal yoga, which has nothing to do with postures and everything to do with a state of mind.
I started doing yoga one summer during college. My mom and I got an unlimited pass and it was great. Yoga calmed me, but it wasn’t until I moved to San Francisco that yoga became a part of my life again. I started practicing at Asta a few times a week. I liked the way the teachers spoke. "Create more space in your body," one teacher said. A few months later, I took the plunge and got an unlimited pass at the studio. Everything changed. My life became more vibrant. I made all these beautiful relationships. I felt full of light, strong, focused and calm. I love yoga because it helps me love myself and share that love with others. In my classes, I create a peaceful, nurturing space where you can bloom and grow.
I love awareness work and there aren't a great many spiritual modalities that I'm particularly attracted to that do such a great job of also developing the body. And yoga can be a practice on one level where it's pretty superficial- "I'm getting much stronger," "I'm getting flexible," "I'm developing control," which is really pleasing, but I like that it's so much about how you better be with your breath, following your breath, focusing on your breathing. That opens up a much more satisfying or rewarding space. I just try to teach it the way I would want to be doing it, which is spending enough time in the poses but still making it through everything without feeling hurried.
Kristina is an Ashtanga Vinyasa Flow instructor and an NSAM certified personal trainer. She has an athletic background with extensive studies in Physiological Neuroscience. After a catastrophic pole-vaulting injury, Kristina was told she would never walk again. She learned the extraordinary benefits of mind-body discipline to heal herself. Kristina began practicing Yoga and Pilates for their restorative effects and found in them a consistent form of physical therapy. A spiritual practice began to develop as she formed a deeper awareness of the mind-body connection. Now Kristina is passionate about sharing her personal evolution as she helps people achieve a greater sense of self awareness.