I used to be depressed, miserable, & suicidal. I was a people pleaser, spent money I didn’t have, & did insanely impulsive things (like getting drunk & embarking on a hitchhiking journey to Vegas to become a stripper). I was an introverted empath consumed by other people’s pain, & while I knew something wasn’t right, I didn’t understand what. Or why. If you’ve read Glen Doyle’s “Untamed,” you’ll know me as the cheetah. Can you relate?
And then, I nearly died (that actually happened before the Vegas stunt). A terrible prognosis by my psychiatrist resulted in an awakening, & I’ve now spent 25 years obsessed with taking ownership of my life. This involved some crazy AF experineces along the way. I herded sheep on the Navajo Rez, was homeless, got arrested, hopped freight trains, & gave up nearly everything I owned because living in alignment w/my heart mattered most.
My 25 years of escapades & deep soul searching have led me down a path of great personal transformation. I’ve grown my courage & resilience & have come to thrive despite multiple job losses, a scary AF child custody law suit, two divorces, debt, & a bunch of other unpleasantries. The greatest gift I’ve received from my hardships, though, has been a profound awakening of my heart. [If you’re curious about my backstory, click here.]
I created this site to inspire & empower my global sisterhood to truly own their lives from a place of compassion & love. Together, we can elevate our collective consciousness to create a more beautiful & compassionate world. And most importantly, we can be shining beacons of love & light WITHOUT BEING DOORMATS. This is my specialty.
Om shanti (that’s “peace,” in Sanskrit).
Set & enforce powerful boundaries, refuse to “take the bait”, & stand up for yourself from a place of love (even as your whole body trembles…’cause this shit’s hard).
Forgive those who’ve harmed you so that you’re not festering in a cesspool of resentment that keeps you prisoner to your mind and distanced from your heart.
Live life on your own terms instead of living someone else’s plan for you. In short, START TAKING UP SPACE, stop letting others’ needs trump your own, & start living in alignment with who you truly are.
Uncover the treasures in your struggles, become more resilient from your hardships, and embrace uncertainty with enthusiasm because you’ve discovered that life is so much more fulfilling when you do! You ARE love & light…let your being radiate it!
My mission is threefold: (1) to inspire women to live from a place of compassion & love, (2) to empower women to (re)connect with their innate wisdom & live life on their own terms, & (3) to help women become more resilient in the face of hardship & uncertainty.
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This is your time to be seen & heard, & you’ll call the shots. Want my wisdom? It’s yours.
I loved the theme [of her yoga class] and how she was really ‘living it’ as she shared her story. Her vibe was informed and wise, and I could feel her vulnerability. I feel that she’s called to be the practitioner’s teacher.
“Kristi is truly among the kindest, most loving, and openly honest humans you’ll encounter. Experiencing Kristi’s work has been a true pleasure. She has invested a significant amount of time and effort towards her own personal growth. It is a great service to others that Kristi so openly shares her knowledge and wisdom.”
“As a yoga practitioner, I’ve taken many classes with many teachers and I have to say, Kristi has such a beautiful gift. She creates a very safe and special space for her students to relax and feel deeply comfortable and supported. She is highly educated and teaches in a way that all can understand, merging anatomy, traditional yoga and spiritual connection so easily. I’m so grateful to have had the opportunity to learn from her, and I look forward to taking her classes again in the future!”
“I have had the pleasure of taking a few of Kristi’s classes and a workshop that was so eye-opening and needed in today’s yoga climate. Kristi is a beautiful teacher and that comes across in everything that she offers.
I love seeing strong women holding space, and in every class I felt so held while having the opportunity to explore deeper parts of myself. So if your looking for an authentic teacher who shares her heart, then Kristi is it. Enjoy.”
“Kristi is an incredible soul that provides her students with a beautiful practice that connects mind, body and soul. As a person who holds strong beliefs in inclusivity and accessibility, Kristi’s practice encourages people of all backgrounds and bodies to join her in connecting to the divine. Her amazing energy, wisdom, gentleness and passion shine through from the moment you meet her. I’m so grateful to have met Kristi and gotten to experience her magic.”
“Kristi is a wonderful teacher. Her classes are paced perfectly. She gives lots of options for yin poses and space for quiet reflection. Classes are thoughtfully planned and beautifully executed.”
“I loved the theme [of her yoga class] and how she was really ‘living it’ as she shared her story. Her vibe was informed and wise, and I could feel her vulnerability. I feel that she’s called to be the practitioner’s teacher.”
I’ve been accused of being a hippie since the 90s. Remember Jenny from Forrest Gump? For the record, I would kill (almost) to get her wardrobe! My journey into Gen X hippiedom began when I swapped my shoes for bare feet & was solidified when I got arrested at a protest, played Joan Baez on the guitar, & dove into the teachings of Jiddu Krishnamurti…
All that aside, hippies rejected society’s expectation that they conform to controlling paradigms, reclaimed their power, & sought to create a more beautiful world. So does this site.
I’m an alchemist of my own life, & everything I share comes from the wisdom of my own experiences.
My “training” comes from working with a sponsor/mentor for 7ish years. It also comes from seminars and courses, meditation, my own intuition, clairvoyant experiences, personal study, extensive yoga teacher training & study of related philosophies. And, it comes from something that can’t be described with words. If you want to better understand what I mean, check out the “My Story” posts.
At this time, I’m only offering single Holding Space sessions. These are whatever you want them to be. Maybe you’re struggling & need to spill to someone who’s completely detached from your daily life. Maybe you want help with a particular problem or seek my input because you identify with what I share. Or maybe you just dig my site & want to pick my brain! You call the shots, & we can be as structured or as free-form as you’d like.
If you’d like to learn more about my Holding Space sessions, click here. Thanks!
Re: yoga, I do offer private online yoga sessions to a very limited number of clients. Meet Your Soul on Your Mat Yoga™ generally revolves around a theme relevant to your life, is trauma-sensitive, & is probably LESS fitness-focused than you’d expect from a yoga class. Prices start at $125/hr.
My life is awesome because I love w/o condition, have an attitude of gratitude, & seek out the opportunity when things are difficult. It’s awesome because I no longer let external circumstances dictate my degree of happiness. And it’s awesome because I don’t chase outcomes – I focus on the process. My dharma (purpose) is to do exactly what I’m doing with this site without worrying about the results.
Well for starters, I’ve been homeless, hopped freight trains, and gotten arrested (for civil disobedience). I’ve participated in several Indigenous sweat lodge ceremonies, smoked peace pipes, & herded sheep for a Diné elder. I’ve lobbied Congress, sat in a tree slated for logging, & squatted abandoned buildings. I’ve criss-crossed the country to help run radio communications at several mass protests, attended an intelligence analysis training inside the CIA’s headquarters, & was a union spy.
Perhaps more “normal” but indicative that life hasn’t always been easy…I’ve dropped out of college 4 times before getting a BS in economics & masters in public administration (as a single mom). I’ve survived a brutal child custody battle, two rounds of unemployment, bankruptcy, & two divorces…all of which profoundly opened my heart to others. And, I’ll be a registered trauma-sensitive 500-hr yoga teacher come June.
I wouldn’t trade my life for anything. I’ve lived it from the heart, and every challenge has paved the path for where I am today.
Okay, so it’s not exactly a website FAQ, but I do get asked about my necklace sometimes.
I’m wearing the symbol for the anahata (heart) chakra. I wear it almost every day, and I chose this symbol specifically because it reflects my guiding force – the heart. If you like it, check out IntricateCuts on Etsy.
For the record, Gandhi didn’t actually say that, but it’s still a fantastic quote & pretty much my motto.
I currently live in Chicago with my bf, his two young kiddos, my college-age daughter, & two rescue kitties. I meditate most days, adore yin yoga, & do my best to practice ahimsa (a yogic concept that roughly translates to non-violence) in all areas of my life. I love listening to kirtan (chanting) while analyzing data and building cool AF spreadsheets at my “real” job.
I have a B.S. in economics, post-graduate study in applied economics, & a master’s in public administration with a concentration in nonprofit management. I collect yoga teacher training programs, write songs for my guitar, love walking barefoot in the grass, & come alive hiking the mountain by my folks’ place in Montana. I could go on but think I’ll stop here. If you want more, click here to read my media bio. Peace.
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