Relevant Training and Experience:
2006-2007 200 hr Certification from Silver Lotus Training Institute, Lewes, DE , by Susan Hammodock, MA, LCSW, 500 E-RYT
Susan Hammodock, a well respected local therapist and instructor, has decades of training in various schools of yoga, including experience as a trainer for the Phoenix Rising Therapeutic Yoga Program. Her training focused mainly on the works of Krishnamakarya who emphasized the importance of one-on-one therapy and function over form. Principles of anatomy and accupressure technique were introduced via Paul Grilley's method. And, therapeutic methods were taught from "Viniyoga" style by Gary Kraftsow's work, whose highly respected studies have been published by NIH.
2007-2009 Advanced Studies in Yoga Studies from Silver Lotus Training Institute
Including courses addressing working with cancer patients in all stages, chair yoga for those with disabilities, and yoga as therapy for emotional difficulties from trauma, such as anxiety and depression
2010 Power Yoga Training w Bryan Kest, recognized as creator of "Power Yoga" style
2011 Yin yoga training w Paulie Zink, internationally acclaimed Martial Artist champion and considered creator of "yin" style yoga.
2013 Yoga Rx graduate program and Yoga Therapist certification program, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, CA
One of the premiere yoga therapy training programs in the country, the first to be held at a prestigious university. Instruction from doctors in various fields of medicine, including, but not limited to: cardiology, neurology, endocrinology, psychotherapy, physical therapy, sports medicine, and chiropractic care.
Extensive study of anatomy and physiology, common illness and injuries in the different fields, including knowledge of SOAP notes and basic medical terminology
2015 Chakra Meditation Workshop, California Institute of Human Science graduate school, Encinitas, CA, with Takeshima Sensei, senior disciple of Dr. Motoyama. Anatomy overview by Paul Grilley, creator of yin yoga.
Joint release exercises, exploration of Ajna Chakra, and meditation exercises associated
Kristin has developed her own style of therapeutic yoga from this extensive background of training combined with her own experience as a past athlete in many sports, experience in fitness/nutrition, as well as her teaching degree and experience in the study of psychology, self development, and spirituality. 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 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 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. See student comments here.
Kristin 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 science and 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.
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."