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!