Kristina’s journey began when a friend suggested to try yoga as an alternative way to seek relief from rheumatoid arthritis. She quickly realized not only the physical benefits from practice, but the mental and emotional ones as well. She dived fully into her practice, attending workshops and many classes a week. Within a few years of practice, she knew that she wanted to share this gift with others, and in 2015 completed her 200hr program through Midtown and also an Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist certification through the Himalayan Institute in conjunction with Midtown Yoga. Her classes tend to focus on longer holds and dynamic sequences to allow you to be more present in the body. She also incorporates her love of sound through the use of crystal singing bowls in savasana.
Kristina instructs the following:
Come relax and release with an evening of sound. Let yourself soften to the soothing tones of crystal bowls. Let the vibrations bring up what is no longer serving you to be transmuted.
Yin Yoga is a more passive practice that focuses on the connective tissues of the body while also cultivating inner awareness. Poses are held longer with the support of props to allow the stretch to move past the muscles into these tissues.
Alignment Based Yoga
This class focuses on proper body alignment while practicing the traditional yoga postures. Foundation level.
Vinyasa means "flow" or merging movement with the breath. These classes focus on breathing and seek to move students through a sequence of postures as the breath flows in and out. Using this breath, heat or "tapas" warms the body allowing the practitioner to move deeper into postures and eventually deeper into their own personal practice. Vinyasa yoga increases strength, stamina and flexibility while calming and steadying the mind. This class style is inherently diverse and sequencing will vary with each instructor's personal flavor. Open level.