I began my relationship with Yoga in 2005 at a local YMCA while living in the Midwest. Originally looking for a way to de-stress, I soon realized the scope of potential lessons Yoga has to offer. In 2010, I felt an urge to deepen my commitment to my yoga practice and took a week-long retreat in Valle Crucis, NC. While at this retreat, the effects of taking time and space for oneself became clear, and I found a new stillness through my breath. I am certified as a RYT 200 in 2013 with Ashley Ludman and am currently in my second year of the 300-hour Advanced Teacher Training at Longwave Yoga in Wilmington, North Carolina where I live with my husband, Scott, and our dog, Della Lu. I have always traveled the creative path, spending time in painting, photography and jewelry as well as the physical expressions of dance, theatre, and even as a circus clown. In my life, I look to celebrate the details--the bits and pieces that make up our surroundings. As I express myself and share my discoveries through art and yoga, I hope to help others slow down and see the details that make up their lives.
Kristen instructs the following:
Warm Slow Flow | Open
Slow Flow Yoga is a Vinyasa-based practice that helps students develop awareness of the yogic breath while synchronizing movement. This class offers a slower pace which is nice for students to take time in learning the poses and alignment, and offers advanced students time to explore variations. Slow flow helps to build deep transformational heat within the body while working strength and flexibility. One will leave feeling centered, calm, and connected. The room will be heated between 85-95 degrees, keeping the body supple and promoting flexibility as it boosts the cardiovascular system.
Candlelight Yin & Yang Yoga | Open
"Find balance in the warm ambiance of candlelight in this Yin & Yang class. Yin & Yang Yoga is equal parts movement and stillness. The yang portion of this class focuses on intentional movement to gradually build heat through a gentle flow of postures in Sun Salutation. Once the body is warm, the slow-paced yin practice focuses on the breath while surrendering, yielding, and unraveling the connective tissues in the body through long, passive holds. Yin yoga is said to loosen energy blockages and therefore increase pranic flow through the body while aiding in better organ function, increased flexibility, and calms the nervous system. Postures are generally held for 3-5 minutes or more, stimulating the tendons, ligaments, cartilage and joints that normally are not reached in a more active style of asana practice.
Please inform instructor if you are dealing with injury. With the nature of the class, Yin Yoga may be unsafe for certain injuries.
Prenatal Yoga | Basic/Open
Prenatal Yoga supports and nourishes the body, mind, and spirit during this special phase of a women's life. This class will help prepare and contribute to the best possible pregnancy, labor and delivery by focusing on breath work, relaxation, muscle toning, and stretching. This class encourages women to savor this special time in life and provides tools to do just that! Best of all, you will share time and be supported by a group of women in a similar phase of life (yoga experience not required).
Aroma Flow | Open
Aroma Flow is a Vinyasa-based class that synchronizes intention, breath, movement, and aromatherapy. This class is suitable for practitioners of any level. During the class, the instructor will offer therapeutic-grade oils. Then, the class will move in a sequence created for that specific oil. This combination of movement and aromatherapy with leave you feeling blissed out!
***This class incorporates therapeutic, all-natural essentials oils from doTerra. If you are allergy-prone or sensitive to essentials oils, you can take class without receiving the oils. If you are highly allergic or sensitive to essential oils, we recommend choosing a different class offering. Before class, please notify the teacher of any allergies. The instructor will have a carrier oil on hand to remove any essentials oils from the skin. For more information about doTerra oils, visit https://www.doterra.com/US/en.
Restorative Yoga | Basic
Restorative Yoga offers the chance to unwind with a completely passive practice. Fully supported with bolsters, blankets, straps, and blocks, restorative yoga will gently and effortlessly open the body and mind to relaxation. This class is appropriate for all ages and levels, including those with limited mobility or injury. Please arrive 5-10 minutes early to set up props and settle in.