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.
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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
My story with yoga truly began almost 20 years ago as a purely physical practice. Years later, and after much life experience, I found myself naturally gravitating toward my mat more and more. Classes became my therapy sessions, my Sundays in church, my home. I found healing and peace organically, by just showing up. Truthfully, I found myself.
I have an educational background in psychology and science and have served the medical community for over a decade. These interests and experiences serve as a pillar of my yoga knowledge. However, it is my own personal yoga practice that I draw from as an instructor. I have spent years learning from a plethora of amazing instructors, cultivating lasting relationships both as friends and mentors.
By sharing my knowledge and experiences through yoga, I hope that each person finds a piece that fits perfectly inside of them, however big or small. After all, a better you is a better me.
"My humanity is bound up in yours, for we can only be human together" - Desmond Tutu.