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 been a therapeutic yoga instructor for 3 decades now. Focusing on a blend of styles including vinyasa, hatha(Kripalu), restorative, and main emphasis on 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).
Kristin has combined this background of training with her own experience as a past athlete in many sports, along with her teaching degree and interest and experience in the study of psychology, self development, modern medicine, spirituality and fitness/nutrition to develop her own style of teaching yoga. This is producing amazing results in her clients. She has become one of the most popular therapeutic style instructors in the Northeast region and is now frequently requested to work with high level athletes and performers in the public eye, as well as those suffering from more severe injuries and conditions that make it difficult to attend a group session.
Kristin's classes reflect her high level of passion and interest in creating real, lasting results. She 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.
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 and is receiving special education in a 4 year Yoga Therapy program at Loyola Marymount University. It is her intention to deepen her therapeutic practice, eventually assisting physicians and psychotherapists to offer as a compliment to patients with health concerns and be able to offer effective results for high level athletes, performers, and those committed to having a powerful effective edge in what they do.
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. Kristin has also been seeing great success working privately with clients with more serious back injuries and other challenging health conditions, helping them to sometimes avoid surgery and not only creating ease, strength and flexibility where there was little hope of movement, but help them to create even more power and flexibility than they had ever experienced.
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."