Christina has been practicing and studying Yoga extensively since 1998. Her passion and hunger for more thorough, traditional Yogic practices and knowledge led her to Koh Phangan, Thailand, where she completed her first Teacher Training under the brilliant and inspirational guidance of David Goulet and Marina Hallerman in 2004.
In Thailand Christina was exposed to a different way of living (Asian and Yogic, spiritual, energetic and physical) and was set on a path that continues to challenge, fulfill and enormously inspire her.
She stayed in Asia in order to seek out diverse Eastern practices, philosophy, religions and traditions while teaching and living in Bangkok (1 year), Maldives (3 months), Bhutan (2 years) and Bali (3 years). After nearly 7 years in Asia, Christina travelled and taught throughout Europe and is now based in Milan Italy with her husband and daughter.
Her teaching influence comes directly from her life experience, her travels, her many teachers, her students and her interpretation and personal devotion and love for the practice. Ultimately her desire is to help others return to a place of authentic happiness, mindfulness, empowerment and to inspire greater health.
Christina’s teaching style is primarily inspired by Vinyasa, Ashtanga, Iyengar, Hatha and Forrest Yoga, with an enthusiastic emphasis and exploration of Pranayama, Meditation, Yogic lifestyle and philosophy. Her spirited and knowledgeable approach comes across in her intuitive, creative, challenging yet therapeutic classes. Her teaching continues to be inspired by master teachers such as Sara and Ty Powers, David Life and Sharon Gannon, Seane Corn, Erich Schiffmann, David and Shelley Swenson, Rodney Yee and Colleeen Saidman Yee, Elena Brower and Noah Maze.
Currently Christina lives with her husband and daughter in Milan, Italy. She teaches private and group classes and travels the world teaching yoga retreats with her sister Andrea.
Andrea first fell in love with yoga and the union of breath, movement and meditation while in college at the University of Portland. In 2000, she joined the Peace Corps and for two years, lived on the tiny island of Yap, in Micronesia, teaching English and yoga to children and adults in her village.
From Micronesia she lived in Japan, teaching English and studying yoga and meditation in temples throughout Kansai. Her thirst for yogic study brought her to Thailand, where she completed an extensive teacher training with David Goulet and Marina Hallerman. The experience expanded her knowledge of chakras, asana, pranayama, meditation, chanting, and the eight limbs of yoga, Astanga. Following the course, she and Christina ran the yoga center and have been teaching together ever since. In 2005 she opened a dive shop and yoga business in Micronesia. Also a certified dive instructor, she taught yoga classes to her divers. The breath work and meditation aspect of yoga is immensely helpful in improving diving skills.
In 2007 she signed on as the resident yoga teacher managing the yoga program at COMO Shambhala Retreat, Parrot Cay Resort, in Turks and Caicos for 3 years.
Now living and teaching in NYC and as a mother of two beautiful boys, finding time to focus on herself is more challenging, but more necessary, than ever. It is her true desire to show up for family, students, and life from a place that is open, grounded and present. Daily practice is absolutely a means to this goal and she is passionate about helping others cultivate and refine their own daily practice. Through gentle and informative hands on instruction, Andrea teaches the tools to stay healthy, grounded and balanced. Her teaching style draws inspiration from Astanga, Vinyasa, Anusara, Iyengar and Forrest yoga traditions and continues to be inspired by Seane Corn, Erich Schiffmann, David Swenson, Nikki Costello, Abbie Galvin, Elena Brower and Noah Maze.
Currently Andrea lives with her husband and 2 boys in NYC. She teaches private and small group classes and travels the world teaching yoga retreats with her sister Christina.