I came to yoga and meditation in the mid 1970’s, while living in Botswana. I can still remember the surprise improvements in my body, attitude, and breathing from the first class. I originally enrolled in an intensive yoga teacher training to improve my horseback riding skills and relieve my horse’s back. It soon became my passion to discover other movement disciplines that help improve posture and balance. Many can easily change patterns of repetitive motions that define how we move and feel. I incorporate slow, somatic movement and sensory awareness into my classes, to re-program the nervous system, reconnect the mind and body, and to help improve our sports and everyday lives. There are no levels in this class, as everyone is encouraged to seek their own comfort and abilities.
I have been involved in athletics my entire life. From running track in college, to playing racquetball, riding horses, and working out. I had to return to California in 2002 for my work and while there got involved with Yoga and swimming. I gave up the rigors of running as one day my body rebelled and no longer wanted to continue that long time habit. I became a Yoga teacher, and have taught at the Club since 2008. I also like using the stair stepper, elliptical, weights, and swimming. I have always been affiliated with an athletic club and Montana Athletic Club is by far the best club I have ever been involved with, from its friendliness, amenities, and wide range of activities.
My personal practice and teaching has evolved from a more rigorous style to a gentler approach, more tuned in with my body awareness, breathing, alignment, and posture. My class, Comfort Yoga, combines these elements to keep the body flexible, strong, and balanced. I value keeping body and mind moving with ease and flow. My mantra is, “Whatever Arises, Love that!”
Krista has been a certified yoga instructor since 2002 and has been teaching at MAC since 2006. Krista began practicing yoga in 2000 after training for a marathon that resulted in a running related injury. What began as a way to heal her body transformed into a love for the art of yoga. This translated into a connection between the mind, body and soul through movement, breath-work and meditation. She has studied various disciplines of yoga ranging from Ashtanga to Vinyasa Flow to Restorative with teachers including Patabhi Jois, Shiva Rea, and Rod Stryker, to name a few. Krista is also a AFAA trained personal trainer. Her style of yoga in her classes focus on gentle movement in combination with the breath, to promote deep relaxation of the body and mind.
Yoga, to me, is about coming together as a community in a safe a loving environment, exploring our breath, our bodies and our sense of playful adventure! This time together allows us to focus on reconnecting with our true selves without the distractions of the world. Ego is left outside the room and we work on accepting where we are, right now. Remember that it is called “yoga practice” and not “yoga perfect”. The secret to having a strong, graceful, flexible body……keep coming to yoga. If you make it to class, the rest will take care of itself. I am humbled and privileged to be with each week and I look forward to seeing you soon. Namaste.