Kristi first discovered yoga when she was working as a Youth Worker in her native country, New Zealand.  In 2003 she found herself pulled towards Asia with longing for a sense of adventure, and so traveled across waters from New Zealand to Hong Kong.  Initially Kristi found herself teaching English to Chinese students of all ages until she happened upon a small non-profit organization providing drug and health counseling within schools. She snapped up the opportunity to lead the international section of the organization, and began to develop and deliver programmes for students’ teachers and parents within the international and local communities. 


The intensity of Hong Kong was a far cry from the sprawling green pastures and dinky little towns of New Zealand, and so it was in Hong Kong where Kristi searched for refuge within yoga.


Kristi was inspired to do her first yoga teacher training in the Anusara method in 2007 and from there began teaching full-time at PURE Yoga in Hong Kong.  There she gathered a rich amount of experience teaching different styles of yoga through group classes, privates and workshops, and had the opportunity of working with teachers from all over the world.  

It was in 2010 that Kristi began weaving the Forrest Yoga method into her teaching after having a profound experience during the Advanced Forrest Yoga Teacher Training in Hong Kong. It broke her down, blew her mind, and completely changed the relationship she had with her own body.    From there she saved up her pennies for the Forrest Yoga Foundation Training in Houston Texas the following year, and followed that with a year long Mentorship Programme in Soul, Korea, with Sinhee Ye.  


It was through this journey that Kristi discovered the power, beauty and healing that was unfolding in her own life through the practice, and where she made the life changing decision to move to London after 9 years in Asia.  


Now based in London, Kristi teaches classes, workshops and retreats in the UK and Europe, assists Ana Forrest in workshops and trainings around the world, and supports the continued journey of her students who have graduated from Forrest Yoga Teacher Trainings. 


Kristi’s greatest inspiration is life. Sharing her passion for yoga, speaking from experience and being her playful, authentic self. 


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