I don’t know about you, but while my body digs a sweaty, bliss-inducing vinyasa class, my soul CRAVES more. If you relate, stay with me…
Do you radiate that whole Zen yogi vibe after you leave the studio? If not, do you wish you did? Does it even seem possible?
Do you dig the intention-setting part at the beginning of class but struggle to understand how it connects to the specific poses? And, are you wondering how to apply what you’re doing to your life outside of class?
I get wanting more. In fact, the only time I do yoga at studios anymore is when I’m looking for an awesome workout.
But, if I want to address a mental or energetic block, I’m pretty much on my own. Which, isn’t a bad thing because I have the training (more than 500 hours!) to do this.
In fact, my motivation to attend yoga teacher trainings was primarily to deepen my own practice. And, it worked. The more I studied the eight limbs of yoga (the physical practice being one of them) & the more I learned how to weave deeply personal themes throughout my own sequences, the more grounded and light I became in my own life.
Did you know that an entire class can be structured around a single need? Maybe it’s a physical need, but more likely it’s related to some other aspect of your life. For example…
Maybe you’re nervous about an upcoming presentation and need your yoga practice to help you regain your center. It becomes clear that your fears stem from imposter syndrome, so your targeted theme-based practice focuses on supporting your throat chakra & includes breath work and affirmations that you can take with you into the conference room.
Or, maybe you’re angry at your partner & can’t seem to work through it on your own. Your targeted theme-based practice will probably include powerful-yet-gentle reclined heart openers and (my favorite!) a compassion meditation…
Highly targeted theme-based, trauma-sensitive yoga that connects your soul to your practice & stays with you AFTER you roll up your mat.
I’ll guide you through a sequence that’s unique to your needs, whatever they may be. We’ll move. Breathe. Maybe chant or even mediate (totally optional).
Your sequence will be either 60 or 90 minutes & held via video* or in person at Gompers Park (Pulaski & Foster in Chicago). In-home sessions may also be an option.
You’ll get a physically well-rounded, highly personalized, and (possibly) sweat-inducing practice. This is a great option when your body craves movement, you want to generate strength (mental & physical), or just because! Choose either a 60 or 90-minute duration.
Yin yoga is LUSCIOUS. We might only do 6 poses during a 60-minute class! It’s great for really working the deeper fascia & invoking a soul-experience. Choose either a 60 or 90-minute duration.
This is a 90-minute class & can be either hatha or yin.
Sign up as a new client now, & you’ll also get these 3 bonuses!
All sessions come with a recap emailed to you of what we did & why, plus possible commentary.
I’ll send you a sketch of stick yogis doing your sequence so that you have a visual to do on your own.
Send a new client my way & I’ll take $25 off of your 1st session following theirs (not transferrable).
“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 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 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!”
“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.”
“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.”
You’ll be redirected to a contact form with prompts. Please complete them and share anything else that you’d like me to know upfront.
You’ll receive an email within 24 hours with a few time options, payment link, waiver, & questionnaire. Deadlines for submissions will be provided.
Please show up on time. Your session will start & end promptly, even if you’re late. Scheduling changes for any reason require 24 hours notice.
I’ve been practicing the physical practice of yoga intermittently since 2002 when I walked into Judy Landecker’s Iyengar-based prenatal yoga class in Helena, Montana. I remember the tears flowing during my first several savasanas…the emotional release was that intense! Fast-forward 13 years when I completed my 200-hr yoga teacher training through Nature Yoga at Reach Yoga (Glencoe, IL). Paul Weitz was my primary teacher, & his style was strongly influenced by the Sivananda Yoga lineage.
I completed my 300-hr trauma-sensitive training with SoulWork in 2021, which is based out of Indianapolis & Costa Rica. SoulWork’s founder Adi Shakti comes from Himalayan Master Yogrishi Vishvketu’s Akhanda Yoga lineage and has, with his blessing, styled her own teachings to include an emphasis on honoring the Divine Feminine.
I’m also currently attending SoulWork’s 130-hr Yin Yoga continuing education program. If you’d like to learn more about me, please check out my About page.
I LOVE beginners! We were all there at one point, right? In many ways, I’m still a beginner because the more I learn, the more I realize I don’t (yet) know. And, I’m hungry! Newbs to yoga are awesome because they’re like sponges eager to learn but humble enough to accept correction.
If you’re super new & choose to explore a Hatha yoga style, we’ll spend some of the time in our first session(s) devoted to learning the basics. If you choose to explore a Yin yoga style, we’ll probably dive right in. Your answers to my survey will help me to gauge how I can make our time most beneficial to your needs & goals.
During one of my 300-hr practicums, my teacher shared that she saw my calling to be the practitioner’s teacher.
I’m not here to help you nail handstand or scorpion (not to imply that we can’t work on such postures, but know that they aren’t my focal point). I’m also not here to cue you into a picture-perfect “full expression” of any pose (for starters, this verbiage is not inclusive & I therefore avoid using it in my instruction). I’m here to help you dive more deeply within and support yourself where you most need it – the poses are just the vehicles for this.
I’m for any student of yoga, no matter how new or experienced they may be, if what I’ve shared resonates.
First, I sequence our sessions around your needs & not what I think a diverse student base might collectively need (or what I feel like teaching on a given day).
Second, I weave the theme throughout our session. For example, if you’re needing to gain confidence in sharing your message, we’ll focus more strongly on supporting the throat chakra via poses that target it, cues & language that bring attention to it, & insights that show its relevance.
Third, most studio yoga follows a vinyasa flow structure, which are often very “fitnessy”, in hot rooms, & where smooth transitions initiated by the breath connect poses. While my sessions connect movement to breath, they are generally not intended to “flow.”
Fourth, very few studio classes take an inclusive and/or trauma-sensitive approach. For example, I weave permission language (e.g. “I invite you to close your eyes if it feels safe to do so” instead of “close your eyes”), inclusive language (e.g. “your expression of a pose” instead of “the full expression of a pose”), or pose modifications that appreciate how vulnerable certain poses can make some people feel (e.g. puppy pose/anahatasana can feel very unsafe for victims of sexual violence). My sessions may nudge you to your edge, but they’ll always aim to safely meet you where you’re at.
There are no refunds. If you must reschedule a class for any reason, you must do so with at least 24 hours advanced notice. “No shows” and cancellations made within 24 hours of your scheduled time are classes forfeited. Thank you for understanding.