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 virtually. Yoga had struck a deep chord that she continued to tune through her early career in investment banking and relocations to multiple cities. Christy’s practice provided inner peace both in her work and in her wrestling with life’s most meaningful questions. Now settled in Southern California, Christy continues to tune in to her practice every day. Yoga has been a conduit for discovery and contributes immensely to her reverence for the gift of Grace in her life and family.
Christy believes that the gifts of yoga are worth sharing, particularly to teenagers who are setting their lifelong habits. Christy teaches yoga to people of all ages, yet keeps close to her heart the tender and meaningful teen years. Her 20 years experience working with teens includes a wide range of environments: community shelters, private and public highschools, colleges, after-school clubs, athletic teams, and summer camps.
To further amplify her purpose, she co-authored Yoga 4 Teens, An Instructor’s Guide for Teaching Yoga to Teenagers, produced an hour long webinar on the Principles and Practicalities of Teaching Yoga to Teenagers, produced a Yoga 4 Teens DVD and has several ebooks and streaming videos featuring other adult teachers who work with teens.
Because she seeks to empower others to pursue this rewarding work, Christy has recently developed the Yoga 4 Teens Instructor Video Course for teen yoga certification.
Christy is E-RYT 500 certified through Yoga Alliance and attended Piedmont Yoga Studio’s Advanced Studies 18 month program and has traveled to Pune to study with the Iyengars.
Other formative study includes teachers Ramanand Patel, Rodney Yee, Geeta Iyengar, Abhay Shivanji, Jinsung, and Mary Lou Weprin. She thanks Yoga Journal magazine for the teaching experience she gained there and extends gratitude to all her teachers, both mentioned and unmentioned.
With 20 years of study and teaching yoga, she enjoys sharing the practice with others. Christy’s straight-forward instruction, deep trust of her inner voice, and contagious enthusiasm for yoga empower her students to source their own ability and peace.
Christy can be found in the ocean surfing, participating in her church community, running with her friends, hiking with her dog, or in day-to-day activities with her family. Oh, and she also LOVES to dance.