Kristina Sandi

Kristina Sandi “After completing my undergraduate degree in Anthropology at West Virginia University, I packed up my car and drove to Utah on a whim, never expecting to spend more than a few months in Salt Lake City. Here I find myself years later absolutely captivated by the Wasatch Range and the countless other natural wonders we are privy to in this fascinatingly diverse state. With inspiration from the incredible landscape, my yoga practice has grown exponentially since my arrival to the West. I’ve found that overtime it has strengthened not only my body, but my ability to fully show up for my own life, and to remain resilient in a beautiful world that is relentlessly unpredictable. My style of teaching is based an unwavering love and appreciation for the outdoors and the pursuit of a lifestyle that is simultaneously active and centered. I seek to equip my students with tools they can use to enhance all aspects of their lives, both on and off the mat. My classes incorporate combinations of breath, meditation and asana to strengthen the body and the mind. I completed my 200 hour yoga teacher certification through Centered City Yoga’s Inbody Academy and am currently a student of their Professional Yoga Therapist program.”

Yoga Classes

  • Power Hour
  • Yoga for Athletes

Yoga Schedule

  • Tuesday: Yoga for Athletes – 7:30pm
  • Wednesday: Power Hour – 6am Yoga for Athletes – 7:15am
  • Thursday: Power Hour – 6am
  • Sunday: Power Hour – 7:30am

And Some Fun Questions

Yoga Style or what you teach.
Early morning power hours because boy do I admire the fierce dedication of the early risers. I like to create classes that are challenging but soulful – powerful movements that foster powerful emotional transformation.

Who have you studied with and who do you consider to be your teachers? Any relevant certifications as well. How long have you been teaching and practicing yoga?
I completed my 200 hour certification under Dana Baptiste and the Centered City staff and am currently working towards a 1200 hour Yoga Therapy certification. I really have to credit everyone at Centered City for raising me into the teacher that I am today. These folks are the real deal. My yoga practice has spanned over the last 9 years, beginning with a home practice of a DVD called “Yoga Booty Ballet”….seriously. Things have certainly changed since then but I will forever have respect and appreciation for “Yoga Booty Ballet” for sparking my interest in this world.

Favorite yoga related book?
Unofficially yogic but still 100% yoga in my opinion… “Jitterbug Perfume” by Tom Robbins – a tale of a couple who lives forever partially by the simple act of controlling their breath….

What do you seek to teach your students?
To harness the breath! To saddle your inhales and exhales and let them carry you through your practice…and life.

Top 3 favorite asanas in descending order?
Tree Pose, Half moon, full wheel – big openhearted postures.

Favorite limb of yoga?
Right now? Pranayama. I’m oxygen obsessed. Breath work provides a quick route to connection with center and is the foundation of all of our asanas.

What did you learn the last time you stepped onto your mat?
Control doesn’t always mean tolerating a pose. We can endure to a certain extent but going too far is ultimately being dishonest with yourself and proliferates destructive tendencies. True power, true control, is checking your ego at the door and meeting your body at a place of integrity.

What say you about paradoxes in yoga?
Bring ’em on! There’s freedom to be found by dancing on the in-between of two seemingly polar opposites.

Arbitrarily cliche question: How has yoga impacted your life?
Yoga brought me in touch with my innate ability to self-generate my own happiness. Material things, outward accomplishments and even relationships can all be taken away from you by powers out of your control, but inward happiness will be yours forever. During periods of my life where all seems to be balanced in my world, yoga allows me to be exceedingly joyful and when life’s tragedies inevitably get thrown my way it allows me the strength and resilience to tolerate.

Who is your favorite fictional character of all time? Or your favorite novel.
My favorite novels would be a tie between “Prodigal Summer” by Barbara Kingsolver and “Half Asleep in Frog Pajamas” by Tom Robbins. It would honestly be my dream for these two authors to get married and produce offspring that had a meld of both of their minds.

Something interesting about you, this can really be anything at all.
I’m half Costa Rican and am a duel-citizen with the United States. My heart is equal parts Appalachian, Rocky Mountain and tropical rainforest paradise.

What would be your superpower if you could have one. Or what is your spirit animal?
I’m pretty sure my spirit is a Mountain Lion but that has yet to be confirmed by any sort of authority on the subject.

Favorite restaurant or food.
Breakfast. I love breakfast so much that it makes my heart flutter just to think about it. My dream breakfast includes a balance of both sweet and savory items and I think my Central American roots take the (pan)cake on this one. Gallo Pinto (Rice and beans), a fried egg, and a side of sweet plantain with a ginormous cup of strong black coffee and a papaya smoothie.

Two things from your bucket list.
1. Become an ok surfer (I have no dreams of Johnny Tsunami grandeur here, just looking for compentancy)
2. Thru-hike the Appalachian Trail

Favorite song or composer?
I have so many of these…but “Excuses” by The Morning Benders consistently gives me the most loving of heart palpitations.