Centered City Yoga Teacher Highlight–Kristina Sandi! At Centered City Yoga, I continue to be amazed with the excellence of our yoga teachers. I feel blessed to share more about Kristina Sandi this week. I am sure you will agree! Kristina grew up in primarily in rural Maryland. Yet, as the child of an American mother and a Costa Rican father, she was essentially raised between the two countries. She cherishes both countries equally.
A desire for more mountainous terrain took Kristina to West Virginia for college, where she studied Anthropology and Sustainable Tourism Development in the midst of the beautiful Appalachians. Shortly after earning her undergraduate degree, her quarter life crisis started to kick in, and she quickly realized that she didn’t have the slightest idea what she wanted to do with her life!
During t his time of moderate insanity, she reconnected with her estranged high school best friend who surprisingly quickly invited her to come live with her in Utah–a place she barely realized existed. “Just come out and snowboard for the winter. I really think you will like it,” she said.
Utah was SO not on the radar but… eh, why not? Kristina packed her car and headed out for the winter, ha! Fast-forward 6 years… Kristina’s famous Utah words, “The Wasatch did me in. I’m still here and I’m never leaving. The love I have for this landscape is something I can’t even put into words. It has enhanced me as a person and I’m so thankful for the completely random life circumstances that brought me to this community.”
Kristina’s passion for nature and adventure drives everything she does, including the way she interprets and practices yoga. “It’s my general life goal to do something that excites me every day, even if it means waking up at 4am to squeeze in an activity before heading to my 9-5 job. I stand firmly by the old expression “the early bird gets the worm,” which is why you will usually find me teaching classes at Centered City before 9am!”
When she’s not teaching/practicing yoga, Kristina entertains herself by split-boarding, rock climbing, hiking, running, or sometimes just by lying on my floor listening to music while staring at the ceiling. “I think road trips/driving long distances are a spiritual experience and I like to joke that my truck is my best friend but…seriously.”
Kristina has only been teaching regularly for a few months at this point, but clearly she was born to teach. Her strong and inspiring classes are filled with passion and positive vibes. Her extensive teacher training has been focused on Yoga Therapy, though she continues to gravitate toward power sequences.
Her style of teaching is the immersion of two approaches: Soulful empowerment for the active lifestyle, integrated with strong postures, meditation, and breath connection. You can learn more about Kristina’s yoga training here.
“Yoga has allowed me to live a life more joyous then I could ever have imagined, and to be able to teach the practice, in this community of all places, is a true honor. I hope you will join me for a practice soon!”
Kristina is a an amazing human, and outstanding yoga teacher. I highly recommend everyone who loves nature and appreciates classes inspired by the great outdoors to try her classes!
Kristina’s Current Schedule~
Wednesday and Thursday 6:00- 7:00AM
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