Kristen Krash has been a dedicated student of yoga for sixteen years. She began practicing Ashtanga and vigorous vinyasa yoga seeking relief from severe spinal injuries as a result of a car collision and (perhaps sub-consciously) a troubled early life. The early adrenalized years of practice had a galvanizing impact, but the true healing began when Kristen’s curiosity about the the more subtle aspects of asana led her to the exacting alignment and discipline of Iyengar Yoga. She immersed herself in the Iyengar method, the intricacies of asana and pranayama, and the Yoga Sutras by studying consistently with some of the most senior and experienced teachers in the world.
Over the years, her own style has naturally evolved into a synthesis of energizing movement and careful pauses, from freedom to form and back. With a gift for intelligent and creative sequencing, she has a knack for breaking down complex postures into do-able parts, and empowering her students with the physical and mental tools they need to move more easily in yoga classes--and in everyday life. Her teaching is no-nonsense and grounded in practicality: how to bring the subtle awareness gained through years of focused study to the beginner, the power yoga student, the injured athlete, the “regular Joe” who just wants to feel better. In 2016, Kristen took leave from her fourteen year post as a full-time yoga teacher to bring a yogic vision to a wider world. She currently lives in Ecuador where she and her partner are building an ecological retreat and sustainable living center.