Kristy first discovered yoga in 2006. She’d always been active in outdoor sports, so going indoors to exercise was never on the radar. After struggling with back pain for awhile, she finally decided to try yoga. She entered the studio skeptically, but left completely addicted to the practice. It wasn’t long before she was practicing three to four times per week.
Soon, she began to feel fantastic physically, lost weight, and found a sense of calm that she had been lacking. That’s when she decided she wanted to share this wonderful practice with others. Kristy believes that yoga should be challenging, yet safe and accessible for all bodies, and it’s reflected in her teaching style.
In addition to holding a 200-hour certification, Kristy is trained to teach Stand-Up Paddleboard Yoga, and Yoga for Trauma and Addiction. Kristy teaches wall yoga, vinyasa, power vinyasa, and stand-up paddle board yoga. Her classes are open and accessible to all levels, with modifications offered throughout.
Kristy instructs the following:
STAND UP PADDLE BOARD
Standup paddleboard yoga brings a little fun and freedom to an otherwise earth-bound yoga practice. If you're looking for a new challenge, yoga on a stand up paddleboard will reinvigorate you and push you to become an even better yogi than you thought possible -- all while enjoying the natural splendor of floating on water.
Kristy begins her playful practice with a few grounding asanas like Cat-Cow Pose and Balasana (Child’s Pose) to get her balance. Then she moves on to more challenging standing poses such as Vrksasana (Tree Pose) and Virabhadrasana I (Warrior Pose I.
It’s a fun practice but with some serious benefits. Doing yoga on a surface that is constantly in motion fires up your core muscles, and strengthens muscles that aren’t called on in everyday practice. “Even Plank Pose is more challenging because your board is moving a little back and forth, and that added tipsiness activates your core and arms. You definitely feel these tiny muscles that don’t activate on the ground. says Kristy.
The challenge is part of the attraction, and it isn’t just physical. SUP yoga requires a different quality of focus—and not just when you’re doing the poses but also when you’re transitioning between them. For example, bringing your right foot between your hands from Downward-Facing Dog to come into Anjaneyasana (Low Lunge) can sometimes shift a board a few inches forward—even on the calmest water. The key is to make micromovements, adjusting alignment and weight distribution as needed and fixing your gaze on a point along the horizon, on the shore, or even on an outlying rock or tree.
$45 - Includes board rental and instruction