Christine is a certified yoga teacher at the 500-hour level with YogaWorks, a certified Restorative Yoga Teacher, a Reiki Master, and an Urban Zen Integrative Therapist completing clinical hours with UCLA patients in five modalities of treatment: yoga therapy (restorative poses, breath awareness, in-bed movement, and guided meditation), Reiki, essential oil therapy, nutrition and contemplative care. She has also completed trainings and received continuing education in therapeutics, iRest Yoga Nidra and is currently pursuing a certificate in Ayurvedic Wellness coaching. After first finding yoga in her undergraduate dance studies, Christine discovered its role in mindfulness and injury prevention in her professional teaching and performing. Beyond the physical benefits, her practice has created space for her to be present and connect to a deeper sense of self.
My love for movement began at the age of 3. I fell in love with dance and began to passionately pursue it through studios and conservatories and then at the undergraduate level and professionally thereafter. I found yoga initially as a young adult in my dance studies; the class was aptly named 'Yoga for Dancers' and excitedly I entered the classroom hoping I might be able to increase my flexibility or possibly attain an elusive advanced posture. And though yes I received many benefits from the physical practice I was given the gift of something deeper - a window, an opportunity to connect to a deeper sense of self - a knowing, a place of peace and resonance that existed beyond my physical form, even the forms of my thoughts. Yoga has profoundly changed my life. It is my hope to create spaces for people to come home to themselves. I enjoy creating a welcoming, supportive atmosphere for all participants where they can experience the joy of movement, stillness and savor the gift of this life. I continue to teach yoga and dance professionally and have the honor of working as a Founding Guide with Emmy Award winning artist, Julianne Hough and her movement platform KINRGY through which I’ve had the opportunity to also work with Tony Robbins, GOOP by Gywenth Paltrow and be part of Oprah Winfrey’s 20/20 Vision Tour. In my work as Urban Zen Integrative Therapist (a modality that combines the use of yoga therapy, restorative postures, mindfulness meditation, Reiki and essential oils) I worked in a clinical setting with patients with symptoms ranging from acute to palliative. Working with patients and their caregivers was truly a transformative experience. I was able to witness first hand how mindfulness, movement, breath and awareness can change lives. As a first time mom, I am deeply grateful for these practices however small to help anchor me in the present moment. I am deeply humbled by this practice and I am honored to share this with you. Certifications + Trainings: Certified at the 500Hour level of Yoga Teacher Training through YogaWorks, Certified Urban Zen Integrative Therapist, iRest Yoga Nidra Level 1, Reiki Master Level Certification, KINRGY Guide by Julianne Hough, Pre/ Post Natal Yoga Teacher Training, Therapeutics Yoga Teacher Training, Ayurveda Wellness Coach (in-progress)