Superstar Yoga teacher Cristi Christensen joins us to share about her inspiring life journey and wonderful new book, Chakra Rituals. She also talks about her personal experience with the spirit-mind-body connection.
Cristi Christensen is a Global Embodiment Coach, whose mission is to empower women and expand their definitions of yoga and well-being. She’s the creator of Soul Fire, a unique style of yoga that incorporates dance, meditation and mudra practices to awaken and empower you. Additionally, she’s the co-founder of the Asia based Kirana Yoga School and US based Deep Exhale, a transformational experience merging the worlds of breath, music & movement. Cristi’s first book, Chakra Rituals: Awakening the Wild Woman Within is a self-help guide that makes the ancient science of Chakras accessible through a seven-week step-by-step program.
Cristi was born in Brooklyn, New York, spent her adolescence in Winston-Salem, North Carolina and moved to Orlando, Florida for high school. Growing up, Cristi suffered from multi-generational abuse and battled an eating disorder for over 10 years. She used movement to mentally escape her troubles and was on stage performing dance with the North Carolina School of the Arts, while simultaneously training in gymnastics at 10 years old.
At 16, Cristi transitioned to platform diving and eventually as a young adult trained with the US Olympic diving team. Cristi’s Olympic dreams were cut short and her spirit was crushed after a devastating back injury. Determined to heal her body and reignite her spirit, she embarked on a path of spiritual discovery and was brought to her first yoga class. There, Cristi shifted her focus towards healing herself, while helping others heal and awaken through embodiment movement (yoga, Pilates, personal training, dance, and meditation).
After earning her degree in Kinesiology (the study of the mechanics of body movements), Cristi studied extensively for over 15 years with world-renowned teachers such as Shiva Rea and Seane Corn. Today, Cristi holds 500 hour certificates in both Atma Yoga and Rasa Yoga and a 200 hour certificate in Journey Dance. She is Level 1 & 2 certified in Reiki and achieved 200 hour certifications in Core Fusion Barre Teacher Trainer, Stout Pilates, Radiance Sutras Meditation Teacher Training and Liberation Experience. Additionally she was certified as an ACE Personal Trainer.
For 10 years, Cristi served as the Director of the internationally renowned Exhale Center for Sacred Movement in Venice, CA. Cristi’s leadership corresponded with the studio’s rise to fame, as it became the epicenter of yoga and set the foundation for yoga in the Western world. She’s taught in 20 countries around the globe to tens of thousands of women.
When not traveling the world for business or pleasure, Cristi is based in Los Angeles, CA.
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