Kristina’s career has enabled her to travel worldwide to Belgium, China, Germany, Greece, Italy, Korea, Monte Carlo, Paraguay, Russia, Spain and parts of the Caribbean. She performed in famed venues such as Russia’s Bolshoi Theater, New York City’s Carnegie Hall and celebrated dance festivals at Lincoln Center and Jacob’s Pillow.
Her professional credits include Alvin Ailey II, The Lion King (1st National Tour), Complexions Contemporary Ballet Company, The Lion King on Broadway, Armitage Gone! Dance and The 62nd Annual TONY Awards. She can be seen playing a Hammer dancer on VH1: Too Legit (the story about the rise and fall of M.C. Hammer). Also, in conjunction with multi-media artist and director Patrick Lovejoy, she was featured in a series of short videos at the Dance on Film Festival, which appear on YOU TUBE. Kris was selected for Profile of an Artist in Pointe Magazine (August 2010 issue).
The path to yoga was a natural progression from the world of dance and the journey proved to be extremely humbling. It took years to move beyond fussy body parts, an erratic breathing pattern that did not know whether it was coming or going — and a mind that could not seem to concentrate beyond…. wait, what was I saying! Stepping onto the mat continuously provided her with clarity and insight, along with a well overdue retreat to a nurturing stillness deep within.
In 2007, Kris received her 200 hour teacher training certification through YogaWorks under the guidance of Jeanmarie Paolillo and Jenny Aurthur. Following her training, she immediately began leading a yoga warm up to the cast and crew of Broadway’s, The Lion King. In 2008, she returned to YogaWorks to deepen her knowledge of yoga and teaching principles. Upon completing her 300 hour training, the YogaWorks family invited Kris to join the teaching staff of YogaWorks in NYC where she happily taught for two years.
In 2011, Kris and her husband relocated to Las Vegas where she joined the teaching faculty of Sherry Goldstein’s Yoga Sanctuary and taught for 4 years. Kris is registered with Yoga Alliance, holds additional certifications in Pre-Natal, Yin Yoga and Restorative Yoga and has more than 108 hours in Yoga Anatomy. You can catch Kris at Trufusion Summerlin and Blue Diamond locations and she teaches pre-natal yoga at Belly Bliss.
In addition to being a yoga teacher, Kris is the founder of Vegas Gone Yoga! Festival, a full weekend festival bringing out 500 yogis. Vegas Gone Yoga! offers a variety of yoga classes, a marketplace, interactive art component, musical entertainment and lots of fun!!! For more information on Vegas Gone Yoga! Festival please visit http://vegasgoneyoga.com.
Philosophy of the Body:
The body is an instrument of expression and the art of yoga fine-tunes our body so that it may be of the highest service to our entire being. Yoga promotes healing and as a teacher of the healing art of yoga, I give a great deal of care to alignment to ensure the body is safe. Alignment plays a pivotal role in positioning the body in a certain way to assure a continuity of energetic flow and creates a physical structure that supports the natural flow of breath.
Philosophy of the Soul:
In Sanskrit, the word Yoga means union: uniting breath with movement. But on a larger scale uniting our Life’s purpose to the world we live in, so the time we have been given fosters bonds of commonality and bolsters our understanding. Many people work towards noble goals like attaining world peace, but our life’s work can be a bit more practical. Being a nurturing parent, a true friend that listens or a compassionate partner are just as noble and contribute towards peace!
What happens on the mat is a metaphor for what is going on in life. The respect offered to the practice, the trust placed in the body, the quality of intention, the care given to the details set the tone and lay the foundation for connecting to our life’s work. We live in busy times, so it is essential that we carve out time and space to listen to our inner guide so it may steer us in the right direction. Practicing honestly on the sacred space of the mat allows you to become your own trusted teacher.