Kristen began a continuous practice of yoga in 2001, and has practiced Ashtanga Yoga daily since 2012. She has studied many yoga traditions over the years and has always remained a dedicated student.
- Kristen has a BFA degree in Design and expresses the same creativity in her teaching. She also designs modern yoga art available on etsy at Sankalpa Sun.
Kristen graduated from two separate year long study programs at The Temple of Kriya Yoga (2004-2005) and Moksha Yoga Center (2007-2008) in Chicago, Illinois. She has studied and explored classical Hatha, Vinyasa, Anusara, and Iyengar Yoga. In 2012, Kristen was introduced to Ashtanga Yoga in a workshop with Kino MacGregor soon after her second child was born. She felt the practice was healing for her on many levels, and has maintained a daily Ashtanga practice since. After moving to the Twin Cities area in 2013, she began practicing with Ellie Kaufman Wannemacher, KPJAYI-Authorized teacher by Sharath Jois. In 2015, Kristen began an apprenticeship with Ellie at Ashtanga Yoga Minneapolis and continues to learn with her in the Mysore room. In 2016, she practiced with Sharath Jois in NYC while on his U.S. tour, and hopes to study at KPJAYI in Mysore, South India, soon. She believes the healing benefits of yoga are invaluable and accessible to all. Kristen will continue to practice daily and study the tradition of yoga with gratitude, love, and devotion.
Thank you for assisting me and supporting the students! Your dedication to practice is contagious, and it makes you an inspiring teacher.
Ellie Kaufman 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.