I began a devoted practice and study of yoga in 2001, and have practiced Ashtanga Yoga daily since 2012. Over the years, I've explored many yoga traditions and have always remained a dedicated student.
- In college I studied art and design, and use that experience to create yoga art prints for Sankalpa Sun.
I graduated from two in-depth study programs at The Temple of Kriya Yoga (2004-2005) and Moksha Yoga Center (2007-2008) in Chicago, Illinois. I have studied and explored classical Hatha, Vinyasa, Anusara, and Iyengar Yoga. In 2012, I was introduced to Ashtanga Yoga in a workshop with Kino MacGregor soon after my second child was born. I felt the practice was healing for me on many levels, and have maintained a daily Ashtanga practice since. After moving to the Twin Cities area in 2013, I began practicing with Ellie Kaufman Wannemacher, KPJAYI-Authorized teacher by Sharath Jois. In 2015, I started an apprenticeship with Ellie in the Mysore-style classes at Ashtanga Yoga Minneapolis. In 2016, I practiced with Sharath Jois in NYC while on his U.S. tour. I believe the healing benefits of yoga are invaluable and accessible to all. I 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.