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. 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. Yoga has been a conduit for self-discovery, better health , and service to others. Daily, she accepts 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.
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, recorded a webinar on preparing to teach teens yoga, and developed several e-books and videos highlighting teen yoga classrooms.
Positive feedback from teacher trainings inspired Christy to develop the Yoga 4 Teens Instructor Video 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 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 and continues to put her skills in corporate finance to use in other part-time work and service.
She loves surfing and being in the ocean. She now resides in Southern California with her husband, daughters, and dog. She values good friends, a good adventure, and a good non-fiction book. She is an active member of St. Margaret’s Church and is proud to serve the board of Ecology Project International.