Teacher Spotlight... Kristine!

If you haven't made it to one of Kristine's classes, you are missing out. Kristine brings positive energy and joy to all her classes while also helping students explore how their bodies move with their breath.

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Hometown:

Londonderry NH, but South Portland is where my heart is!

Classes taught at GYC:

Friday 9am Flow for All and monthly Nidra workshop

How long have you been teaching?

4+ years

Why did you become a teacher?

I found I stumbled upon yoga when I was broken… I was lost, just moved to Maine from New Hampshire to escape an unhealthy relationship (calling off a wedding that was 2 months away). I worked long, hard, stressful hours at a job that just wasn’t me, and had no idea what was next. I bought a yoga book (with lots of pictures) and a VHS tape with the hope of releasing stress and I loved it!  I then found a studio seeking more… then more books, then yogi texts.  Then I realized… I found it!!!  PASSION, and ME! 

So, I teach for those seekers out there! 

Favorite pose and why?

It changes often, but I always come back to Triangle.  It is a fundamental posture that makes you tune into every part of the body, grounding feet, strong legs to support hips, spine lengthener, core strengthener, heart opener… from there you can fly to half-moon.  This pose challenges me every time!

Favorite tune to hear in class?  

Anything acoustic… I am not picky about music maybe cause the only time I really notice it is at the beginning of class and in Savasana.

Motivational tip or favorite quote?

My quote for today: “Nothing kills passion quicker than boredom.” ~Sue Cooper

Advice to beginners?  

Yoga has so much to offer.  Yoga is for everyone!  There are so many different types: Vinyasa flow, restorative, yin, Nidra, Iyengar, Hatha, Ashtanga and so many more… explore!!

Most importantly have fun with it!!  Laugh when you fall out of a pose, keep it light.

What do you emphasize in your class?

Always meet your body where it is in that moment.  Have patience and take the time to feel the pose in your body and your heart and be open to the magic it has to offer!

What would you like students to gain from your class?

I would love for them to gain space.  We are so busy, and don’t take enough time to tend to our own heart (fire); To gain space within the body, to notice the space between the inhale and exhale, the space between the time on the mat and the outside world.  This space opens the heart to feel, can help with patience needed to be better parents, partners, colleagues and friends.  Would you consider yourself your own best friend? 

What difference have you noticed in your body or overall health since practicing yoga?

I feel stronger and more energetic!  Yes, there is more flexibility, but I feel that in my mind too.  I can go with the flow more and when the bumps in the road happen, I don’t freak out (as quickly).

Where can we find you when not at GYC?

I love hanging out with my family and friends.  My favorite times are typically outside, riding bikes with my daughter, going on road trips or just hanging at my sister’s camp in front of a fire making s'mores.

Who knew (fun bit of info about you)?

I am a hippie, aka a Dead Head (Grateful Dead fan).  I used to make my own clothes and extras to trade at shows.  After shows I would play my djembe drum and dance at drum circles (I still do).  I went to Johnson & Wales University for baking. I love to bake, which is my first version of meditation. Lastly, my man is my ex-husband. We have been together longer this second time around then when we were married.  He is the father to my daughter and my soul mate. 

I feel amazingly blessed and grateful for this path I am on and look forward to the next adventures, on and off the mat.