Kristen Schneider is a sweet, creative, intuitive teacher and Ayurveda Practitioner. Her passion for asana, dance, and play blend beautifully into whimsical flows filled with heart openers, fun transitions, and plenty of opportunities to play and fly!
Kristen married her love of yoga and Ayurveda by publishing her first book Your Life is Medicine: Ayurveda for Yogis. She teaches Dosha balancing classes that are an infusion of postures, language, touch, scents, pranayama, and meditations specifically designed to bring ones constitution into balance. The comments Kristen most often hears after classes are, "That was so fun!" and "I feel better!"
Aim: To understand the seven chakras, how they govern our physical, emotional, and energetic bodies, and to feel the awakening of each chakra through a fun flow.
Sequence: The class will start with a short interactive lecture on the seven chakras. Students will learn each chakras corresponding site, function, sound, color, and element. From there we will access and awaken each chakra through asana, breath, and mantra. The class will leave students feeling empowered and balanced.
Aim: To access joy, love, and free expression through fun, challenging, and creative flows.
Sequence: This class is purely about using movement as medicine. Anything that brings into a positive state has the capacity to enhance our health.The asanas will be exciting, challenging, dynamic, and playful. We will explore stages of flexibility, balance, and strength. Students will have plenty of chances to play on their hands and invert.
Aim: Students will learn the fundamental principles of Ayurveda, which is Yoga’s Sister Science. They will learn their Dosha (mind-body constitution) and begin to understand how to design a yoga practice that can balance their Dosha.
Sequence: This class will start with an engaging and enlightening lecture on Ayurveda and the three Doshas. From there, students will experience three separate flows; one for Vata, one for Pitta, and one for Kapha. Through the tools of Ayurveda, students will have a better understanding of themselves and how to choose yoga classes and poses that will bring them the most balance and ease.
Aim: To help students gain confidence in arm balances and inversions. We’ll break down the structure and mechanics of popular arm balancing postures.
Sequence: In this class we’ll explore crow, side crow, forearm balance, handstands, paperclip, firefly, and grasshopper. Students will build a strong foundation by learning the correct alignment and mechanics required for each pose. This class will be challenging, but inviting. This class is most appropriate for intermediate practitioners.
All Day Intensive: Ayurveda for Yogis
Aim: Students will understand: The Fundamentals of Ayurveda, Dosha Theory, Dosha Assessment, Dosha Balancing Lifestyle Techniques, Ayurvedic Nutrition, Pranayama, Meditation, and Yoga Asanas for all three Doshas Intro to Ayurvedic tools, Essential Ayurvedic Self-Care daily practices As Yoga’s Sister Science it is valuable and almost necessary for Yoga Teachers and Practitioners to have a basic understanding of Ayurvedic Medicine and daily practices. These tools will help yogis take better care of themselves and each other.
Sequence: Half the day will be lecture, discussion, and Q&A, the other half of the day will be practical application through asana, pranayama, meditation, and therapeutic techniques.
Required Text: Your Life is Medicine: Ayurveda for Yogis. This is her book; she’ll reference this book throughout the intensive. The book also includes a Dosha Quiz or assessment, and recipes.