Kristen’s yoga journey began in 2000 with what we all just saw as a lark. Her family had some extra stones laying around and decided to build a labyrinth based on visions her papa, Chris, had from hitch hiking across Europe. Originally thinking it was a little odd, she now see her own path written in the path of the labyrinth. The labyrinth introduced her to years of study on the ways of the world, energy work, European architecture, Knights Templar, and finally to Yoga…
After joining a yoga class in 2007 to ‘stretch’ while training for a half marathon Kristen fell in love. Yoga has since become her life. Joining ‘Yoga for You’ in Morehead City, NC as her home studio she quickly realized the more you know, the more you don’t know, but you are hungry for more! Kristen completed her 200 YTT in April of 2011 under the direction of Valerie Baltzer E-RYT500. After receiving a scholarship from Transcending Yoga to attend Yoga, Purpose and Action Intensive with Seane Corn, Hala Khouri, and Suzanne Sterling in July 2011 she knew exactly what she wanted to do and her world shifted even more.
“Travel the world, do yoga and remind the world to smile”
In March 2012 Kristen completed her 300 Hour YTT with Valerie and flew the nest, leaving her full time job behind and sauntering to Fiji, New Zealand, Australia… Later to Belize, Canada and now to over 35 countries to teach yoga classes, take yoga classes, for yoga retreats, to explore cultures and simply to see the vast beauty of this place we call earth.
In 2015 while sitting along the Ganges participating in a traditional Arti after dinner with the brothers at a local seminary Kristen was reminded, once again, that she was living on purpose. Returning state side Kristen decided it was time to open her own Yoga School and thus K10Yoga, RYS was born. Now offering Yoga Teacher Training programs at the 200 hour and 300 hour advanced levels to students in Winston Salem, NC which has been an absolute blessing and fulfillment of dharma.
Of course, training never ceases for those now walking the path. Kristen continues her education diving deeper
into the works of Nikki Myers and becoming a certified instructor for the Y12SR approach to yoga as complimentary to addiction recovery. Additionally she is also a Facilitator and Facilitator Trainer for The Embody Love Movement, empowering girls and women to celebrate their inner beauty, commit to kindness, and contribute to meaningful change in the world.
In 2017 with an effort to expand her reach Kristen developed an online yoga studio, filming classes along her travels to offer yoga to anyone, anywhere at anytime! Additionally in 2017 K10Yoga CoOp: A Community Yoga Studio was born. An idea that has been manifesting for a while with an understanding that when the time is right, the presentation will be right. The heart behind the CoOp is to offer affordable yoga to an all inclusive population in the Winston Salem area. A place for people to feel connected and safe to explore their own selves through yoga shapes and the breath. A place for people to come home to their bodies and to heal!
When Kristen is not traveling she finds herself either in Gilbert, AZ or in Winston Salem, NC where she is teaching at the CoOp. Kristen is an ambassador for Off the Mat, Into the World, Y12SR, Yoga & Body Image Coalition, The Embody Love Movement and Jade Yoga Mats her Harmony mat travels with her everywhere!
Email K10yogas@gmail.com for information about yoga classes, yoga teacher trainings, yoga retreats etc.