Hi! My name is Kristen. I am a wife, mother, and yogi--lots of other things too, but those are the three roles I play most often.
If you come to one of my yoga classes, you are likely to hear stories about my husband, kiddos, and the philosophic insights that I have picked up from other yoga and meditation teachers.
What you won’t hear is my path to becoming a yoga teacher.
I don’t speak about it often; however, I would like to share it with you here.
On Being a Caregiver And an Individual
A few years ago, I began to settle into my life as a mother. There had been some ups and downs, and as a result I lost myself.
Not a new story, especially to caregivers of any kind. You care for someone or something you love but you forget who you are in the process.
I had taken yoga classes on and off for 20 years, but re-discovering the parts of myself that I liked came when I made a shift from just taking yoga classes to truly practicing yoga, then training to become a teacher, becoming a teacher, and finally opening my own studio.
THE KEY: LINKING BREATH TO MOVEMENT
My shift occurred when I fully embraced the concept of linking breath to movement.
Sounds so simple—I know! But, let me ask you this: how often are you living and breathing in a mindful way? For me, it usually happens when I'm on my yoga mat. When I roll out that 6-foot long rubber rectangle, I become strong. I become confident. I become powerful.
I am a student, discovering things about myself that I never knew existed.
Finding the true source of happiness
My goal as a teacher is to help my students tap into their life force or prana, so that they can live their lives mindfully.
The hard part—I mean really hard part—is finding those moments where you can fully realize that everything you need to be happy exists within you.
For me, those moments don't happen often, but when they do it's usually after spending some time on my mat. I invite you to move and breathe with me.