Kristie is an impassioned educator, who believes the practice of yoga occurs on and off the mat. She encourages students to allow their practice to meet their needs in the moment. Classes integrate accessible dynamic flows -linking movement with breath – with the application of alignment, meditation, and intention to create an inner journey towards healing and self-empowerment.
A licensed PA educator since 2003, Kristie also graduated from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York City in 2009 where she learned the importance of self-care. After completing her studies with IIN, Kristie completed her 200hr YTT in 2012 while raising funds to build a school in Nepal. Kristie continued to raise over $20,000 and traveled to support school builds around the world, while in the process learning the value and importance of sustainability, conscious community and collaboration. In 2014 Kristie studied with Seane Corn, Hala Kouri, and Suzanne Sterling with the Off the Mat Yoga Purpose and Action Leadership Intensive. Inspired by the work of Hala Kouri and Dr. Melody Moore, in 2016 Kristie completed her certification as Trauma Competent Professional with the Institute for Family Professionals and became a facilitator for the Embody Love Movement.
Passionate about yoga as a tool for healing, and finding ways to make yoga accessible to all, Kristie brings her skills as an educator, trauma and mindfulness education specialist and Embody Love Training to provide Professional development for staff at local schools & residential facilities. She works one on one with individuals new to the practice of yoga/mindfulness, those looking for tools to de-stress, and those working through trauma. She also runs groups and workshops empowering girls and women to celebrate their inner beauty, commit to kindness, and contribute meaningful change in the world.
When not on the mat, Kristie enjoys snuggling with her Schnoodle Snoop, reading, and being outdoors.
Certifications and Trainings:
200-Hr YTT: Beyond Asana with Brittany Policastro and Maura Manzo
75 – Hr Trauma Competent Professional Certification: Institute for Family Professionals
35 – Hr Kids Yoga Certification: Childlight Yoga
Reiki Level II Certification with Anthony Penzarella
Roots and Wings Everyday Mindfulness Trainings:
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Developing your mindfulness practice MindfulME! – Bringing mindfulness practices to youth
Embody Love Movement Facilitator Training with Melody Moore
Embody Love Train the Trainer with Melody Moore
Connection Coalition Trauma Informed Outreach Training with Terri Cooper
YogaEd Youth and Trauma Certification with Hala Kouri
Yoga, Purpose, and Action Intensive with Off the Mat, Into the World
Health Counseling Certification – Institute for Integrative Nutrition
Masters in Education – Licensed PA Educator