Kristin studied in a year long program and received a 200hr certification from Silver Lotus in Lewes Beach, DE. She was trained by psychotherapist and long time instructor/trainer, Susan Hammodock, who has over 25 years yoga teaching experience. Focusing on a blend of styles including vinyasa, hatha(Kripalu), restorative, and therapeutic yoga, this training was based on the work of the highly respected yoga teacher, Krishnamacharya(focus on the individual), in conjunction with Gary Kraftsow's groundbreaking modern therapeutic Viniyoga (backcare yoga studies with NIH), and Paul Grilley's yin style ( based on Chinese medicine/accupressure technique).
Kristin has also attended workshops with Bryan Kest(power yoga) and Paulie Zink(martial arts master and creator of yin yoga style). She has taught over 1000 classes in both Harford and Baltimore counties and summer beach classes in Ocean City, MD.
Kristin is a highly sensitive and caring teacher who strives to connect with her students
so that she can understand how best to serve their needs and intentions. She is deeply committed to introducing the therapeutic benefits of yoga to the general public, taking out any misconceptions, including the practice of religion or difficult contortions, to make it more inviting and meaningful for all. By simple, clear, caring instruction and demonstration, she intends on bringing powerful and effective ancient healing exercises to those suffering from physical or mental discomfort, or looking to create a deeper well-being and powerful edge in a busy confusing world.
Most students come to her classes looking to cure a certain medical condition or to try yoga for the first time, however they typically state that they leave pleasantly surprised at a much greater result in their overall health and well-being. It is also not atypical for more experienced students to try her sessions and learn the value of adding a therapeutic, mindfulness element that may have been missing from other classes. See student comments here.
This is not just another exercise class. Kristin is committed to assist each student in achieving their desired goal and deliver a transformation of mind/body. It is her intention that each participant be able to take this knowledge and application into all that they do, enriching the quality of their lives and enabling them to live at their full potential.
Kristin was introduced to meditation as a teen and was exposed to the study of what it means to be human, in her participation in the EST training at age 13, with 30+ seminars/courses from Landmark Education. She draws her spirituality and humanitarianism from her mother's side, which included ministers, teachers, and extensive involvement in community service. From her father's side she draws her interest in human potential as it relates to athletics, and has been involved in the sports, fitness, and wellness industry most of her life, both teaching and as an athlete herself. In addition to yoga, she has worked as an independent contractor with Pharmanex, a health and wellness company devoted to preventative nutritionals and anti-aging technologies, for the last 20 years.
She is currently working to achieve a 500hr Yoga Therapist certification. It is her intention to deepen her therapeutic practice, eventually assisting physicians and psychotherapists, to offer as a compliment to patients with health concerns. Kristin has recently started to offer more specific yoga therapy for cancer patients and their families, helping them to reduce the stress, fear and anxiety that naturally occurs from such a difficult diagnosis. This gives all a deeper strength and positive resolve through the process, something crucial in recovery. In addition, Kristin has also been seeing great success working privately with clients with more serious back injuries and other challenging health conditions, creating ease, strength and flexibility where there was little hope of movement.
Kristin also holds a B.S. degree in Elementary Education and loves to see children/teens join their parents in classes.
"Being a mom, myself, I understand the value of teaching a practice like yoga to children who are so often caught up in modern technology. The ability to slow down, respect their bodies, & develop a more calm, focused, and positive mind will be invaluable to them in all future endeavors."