I began a devoted practice and study of yoga in 2001. I've been teaching since 2005, and have practiced Ashtanga Yoga daily since 2012.
I completed two in-depth trainings at The Temple of Kriya Yoga in 2005 (classical Hatha), and Moksha Yoga Center in 2008 (Krishnamacharya lineage based) in Chicago, Illinois. In 2012, I was introduced to Ashtanga Yoga in a workshop with Kino MacGregor soon after having my second child. The practice was healing for me on many levels, and I've maintained a daily Ashtanga practice since. After moving to the Twin Cities area in 2013, I continued my practice and study with Ellie Wannemacher, KPJAYI-Authorized teacher by Sharath Jois. Two years later, I started an apprenticeship with Ellie in the Mysore classes at Ashtanga Yoga Minneapolis. Through years of apprenticing, I directly experienced how to teach the method. I taught many Mysore classes at Ashtanga Yoga Minneapolis during these years. In 2016, I practiced with Sharath Jois in NYC while on his U.S. tour. I teach group, private and corporate classes, workshops, and assist in teacher training programs in the Twin Cities area. The Ashtanga method has profoundly improved the quality of my life. I am dedicated to continue a daily practice to keep learning and growing as a student and teacher. I encourage a breath-centered practice to help calm the mind and turn attention inward while benefiting the body—aiming to unite body, mind, and spirit.
Thank you for assisting me and supporting the students! Your dedication to practice is contagious, and it makes you an inspiring teacher.
Ellie Wannemacher, KPJAYI-Authorized Teacher
I’m so grateful to have practiced with Kristen. All of the subtle reminders, shared philosophy and positive spirit helped me to be more mindful and focused on and off the mat.
Kristen, your amazing spirit is infectious and has touched my heart like no other. Thank you so much for the precious gift of you and of yoga.