Kristin is senior instructor, owner, and operator of Breathe Yoga & Wellness Center.
Kristin teaches by the mantra 'teach to learn' as advised by her Guru, Baba Hari Dass. After several years of studying yoga on her own, and practicing faithfully with several Portland, Oregon teachers, she found the right teacher training that offered a traditional, philosophy rich education in the classical Ashtanga lineage.
Believing in the importance of caring equally for the wellness of body, mind, and spirit, her style offers a blend of the physical with the mental, emotional, and spiritual. She enjoys bringing her sense of humor as well as various themes from her background in psychology, dance, and ethics into class - provoking thoughts that stretch beyond the experience and into life. Most importantly, she centers herself and the students in breath and intention where practice can begin from a place of presence, clarity, and intuition. In her space, you are free to be who you are, where you are.
Background and Training
I am Janesville, Wisconsin born and raised, with a west coast mentality. My 20's were spent exploring Oregon, California, and Hawaii. My yoga journey began as a teenager when I found myself inquiring about lifes big questions.
In 2012 I traveled to California to become Yoga Teacher trained at the Mount Madonna Center. I met my guru, Baba Hari Dass, who gave me the Sanskrit name, Manjula. Spiritual names are intended to remind us of our potential and challenge us to stay on the path that leads us to our truth. Manjula is the name of a Goddess and means 'most beautiful.'
I also practice Thai Bodywork which can have a profound effect on the body and mind and lends
to my ability to teach therapeutic and highly informed yoga classes. Check the Bodywork page
under services to learn more about this therapy and how I may be able to help you with relaxation,
pain, tension, and other chronic conditions.
Additionally, I am a certified Continuing Education Provider for Massage therapists through NCBTMB.
Check the Workshops Page for my unique 'Self Care with Cupping and Fascia Release' 4 hour course,
and my unique brand of Asian Massage Modalities 10 hour workshop.
I first became interested in yoga when I was a teacher in the Des Moines Public
Schools in Iowa. I found the practice was a way to reduce professional and
personal stress by nurturing my mental, physical and emotional well-being.
I began my formal yoga teacher training in Des Moines with Yoga Calm for
Children, which is an integrated approach to wellness. After retiring from
teaching in 2015 and deciding to move back to Wisconsin to be closer to
family, I sought ways to continue my training. In 2017, I received my 200
hour yoga teacher certification from Breathe For Change in Madison, Wisconsin.
My gentle approach to teaching yoga focuses on the fundamentals, and is accessible
to students of various levels.
To share one of my favorite quotes: “Yoga is not about touching your toes, it is what you learn on the way down.” ~Jigar Gor
I look forward to sharing this journey together with the Breathe Community.
Born and raised in Janesville, Teryn grew up competitively dancing and running. She went on to be a member of the UW-Milwaukee Panther Dance team in college and wanted to find a way to continue her love for both dancing and being active when she moved back home to Janesville. She became a certified Barre instructor through Barre Above last year, and has enjoyed teaching the Barre Flow program at Breathe.
Meet her at the barre!
My own journey to Yoga began over a decade ago when I was introduced to the practice as a form of cross-training in my education as a dancer. Being an already dedicated mover of my body, the connection between breath and movement in yoga drew me in immediately. Later, I began to understand the beautiful benefits yoga can have on the mind off the mat when my practice helped me through hard times of anxiety and trauma. At that time, I knew I was meant to help others experience this same relief and understanding and I received my 200-RYT status in 2016.
Having taught dance for the better part of the last 15 years, I’ve always had a passion for instructing, educating, and sharing knowledge. Teaching truly helps me understand and practice the philosophy of yoga more deeply every day. My wish is for all my students to feel challenged and successful, to feel at peace with themselves just as they are, and to find happiness and contentment that spills off their mat and into their everyday lives.
“When one teaches, two learn.” | Robert Heinlein
Jen is a native of the Twin Cities, but has called Janesville her home for the last four years. She is an EL teacher with the School District of Janesville. She received her CYT-200 through Breathe for Change in the summer of 2019, and has been offering yoga and mindfulness to students and staff at the school she serves. She loves rigorous vinyasa flows that incorporate strength and a fast pace, but also highly values slow and restorative styles of yoga. She has developed a great interest in meditation, spirituality, and is a certified level 2 Reiki practitioner with plans to become a Reiki Master soon. To her, yoga is much more than the physical practice of asana, and she is on the life-long path of learning about and practicing the 8-limbs of yoga.