Christy's love of yoga began in 1994 when she discovered a well of peace within from the simple act of practicing yoga to a VHS instructional video tape. Within a year, she had practiced with Patricia Walden and Erich Schiffman several hundred times, albeit virutally. Yoga had struck a deep chord that she continued to tune through her early career in investment banking and relocations to multiple cities. Now at a later life stage with a relaxed lifestyle, Christy remains forever hooked on yoga and what it nurtures within her. Yoga is a conduit for self-discovery, better health, service to others, and a way to thrive throughout the aging process. Daily, she accepts the gift of Grace in her life and family.
Christy believes that the gifts of yoga are worth sharing. Yoga can be a remedy for anxiety and depression and a tool for living amongst the stresses of modern adolescent life. Every teenager, in fact, every person, can benefit from the time to nurture the relationship between their mind and body, free of screens. Caring teachers can champion time for teenagers to learn about their body and respect it in a non judgmental, non sexual way, as well as provide witness and relationship for each precious student.
Christy is E-RYT 500 certified through Yoga Alliance and attended Piedmont Yoga Studio's Advanced Studies 18 month program in Oakland, CA. She has studied twice in Pune, India with the renowned Iyengar family.
Other formative teachers include Ramanand Patel, Rodney Yee, Geeta Iyengar, Abhay Shivanji, Jinsung, Patricia Sullivan, Richard Rosen, and Erich Schiffman. She thanks Yoga Journal magazine for the teaching experience she gained there and extends gratitude to all her teachers, both mentioned and unmentioned.
Christy's 20 years of study, straightforward instruction, deep trust of her inner voice and contagious enthusiasm empower her students to develop a yoga practice that balances both effort and ease. Teenage students say she makes yoga fun and relaxing.
To help guide others in teaching yoga to the unique demographic of teenagers, she co-authored Yoga 4 Teens : An Instructor's Guide for Teaching Yoga to Teenagers, produced the Yoga 4 Teens DVD, and authored several e-books and videos highlighting teen yoga classrooms.
Positive feedback from live teacher trainings inspired Christy to develop this Yoga 4 Teens Online Instructor course.Now, anyone interested in earning their teen yoga certification can benefit from her knowledge and experience, regardless of where they live. Christy hopes that her trainings will equip many people to positively impact teens in their own communities.
Christy currently teaches yoga classes online at YogaMinded Studio to adults.
Christy grew up in Virginia Beach, VA. She graduated from the University of Virginia with a B.S. in Commerce with distinction and holds an M.B.A. from the Darden Graduate School of Business. She had an early career in investment banking before becoming a yoga teacher.
Christy’s favorite sports are surfing and snowboarding. She spends time in both Virginia and Southern California coasts as well as the Teton mountain range. Christy is happily married with two daughters and a German Short Haired Pointer. Thanks to one daughter, she also resides with a cat and two bunnies. She values good friends, a good adventure, and a good non-fiction book.