Kristen moved to Greenville in 2011 from Austin, TX, where she was blessed to live in a city with an abundance of amazing yoga. She found yoga in 2004 to compliment her marathon training. Because of her gymnastics background, she was immediately drawn to Vinyasa Flow due to its creative rhythmic element that included strength, balance, and total body awareness. Her practice began very physical, although she was always interested in diving deeper into herself and her spiritual knowledge. She finds great joy in the truth that yoga is never mastered, never mechanical or habitual, and it continuously provides opportunity to experience deeper and more profound moments.
Yoga has transformed Kristen’s life positively on so many levels. Her personal practice and teaching style have evolved and changed with her though the years to include whatever makes her feel most alive and authentic in body, mind, and heart. Most recently, yoga helped her immensely with two pregnancies, natural childbirth, and all the profound and magical changes that motherhood has brought to her life. Being a new parent has humbled her, opened her heart to allow more vulnerability and compassion, and stoked a fire within her.
She is very grateful and honored to share her passion for yoga and life with others.
Her classes are challenging and creative, yet also reflective and replenishing, with emphasis on alignment and breath. Her style draws from a variety of different lineages and mentors. Her intent is to cultivate freedom, fun, strength, and loving kindness while holding space for each student to discover their own inner teacher and their own authentic expression of yoga. Kristen is certified through Yoga Alliance at the E-RYT 200, RYT 500 level. Outside of yoga, her joys are traveling, spending time outdoors, photography, dancing, music, and cherished time with family and friends.
Kristen Albert instructs the following:
Deep Southern Flow
A conscious sequence of Yoga postures held for longer periods of time, challenging students with awareness to find their “edge” in body, breath and mindfulness. Develops strength, endurance and concentration.
Southern Flow & Yin
This class offers both the dynamic movement of vinyasa flow and the meditative stillness of yin. About half of the class consist of a mindful breath and alignment centered flow to build strength and flexibility, challenging your balance and concentration, getting you out of your head and into your body. The other half of class finds you down on the mat holding yin poses for longer periods of time, targeting the connective tissues of the body to help release deeply stored tension. These two styles combined can very transformative.
In a Yin Yoga class, you will hold a pose for 3-5 minutes. When holding a pose for longer periods of time the practitioner is able to get into the deeper parts of the body, the Yin parts. Tendons, ligaments, and joints are exercised, not stretched and the benefits of Yin are endless. We'll focus on the spine, forward folding, back bending, twisting, and side flexion, as well as the hips. As good as it will be for the body, a Yin practice can be challenging for the mind, because we rest into the poses. You will be talked through each posture and gently guided from one pose to another with more yang like movements to help the continuation of the blood flow to these yin-like places in the body.
Turn your world upside down! You will be guided through safe, step by step progressions for: Headstand, Handstand, & Shoulderstand, plus other arm balances and inversions as time allows. Inversions and arm balances are known for their health benefits, core strengthening and mental focus. You’ll build confidence and learn how to get the most out of your body while reversing the normal circulation of blood for fuller oxygenation. Inversions invigorate the lymphatic and immune systems and can literally give you a new perspective on life. Some inversions are considered energizing or ‘heating,' while others are considered ‘cooling.’ If the very idea of going upside down is a bit unnerving, know that this class will teach in stages so that you build your comfort as you go—you may be surprised where you end up! Mat, mat towel and water recommended. No previous inversion or arm balance experience necessary.
Cost is $30.