Kristen Garaffo

Describe yourself in three words: Fun, Sweet, Strong.

Why do you teach yoga? It is a precious opportunity to spread light. Our world needs it!

Something surprising about you: I'm adopted and was born in Asuncion, Paraguay!

What inspires you? Human potential. Living with Intention and seeing it in action in myself and in others. Transformation. Knowing it is always at our fingertips. Music. Art.

What is the scariest thing on your bucket list? Writing a one woman show. Performing my own words on stage. In front of people. As an actor, it is much easier for me to perform other people's words. But mine? Totally different story!

Where did you get your certifications? 200 hour Thrive Yoga! Quarter Life Calling with Coby Kozlowski, Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health. Karma Yoga Leadership Intensive - Coby Kozlowski, Nosara, Costa Rica

 

Kristen is passionate about living yoga and supporting others in finding their unique gifts and sharing them with the world. She shares her own unique gifts as a yoga teacher - blending music, storytelling, and her light-hearted spirit - in hopes of offering a relaxed, safe space for students to find ease in their minds and bodies.



Kristen Garaffo instructs the following:
  • Yoga Rookie: Beginners Progressive (ENROLLMENT)
  • Calling Yoga Rookie graduates or students with some yoga experience: grow your yoga practice and learn new postures and sequences! Beginners Progressive is taught at a slow/moderate pace with detailed instruction on alignment and breathing. Venture into more advanced pranayama and meditation practice and yoga tools and techniques that create fitness, calm and greater vitality. You will gain the confidence to join other yoga classes or feel free to continue in progressions as your regular practice.

  • Hatha Yoga - Beginner/Intermediate
  • A well-rounded yoga class exploring postures (asanas); breathing exercises and energy balance (pranayama). Classes include training in: pose alignment; relaxation techniques; concentration, meditation. Expect to improve your overall sense of well-being.
     
    Sweat Factor: 7
    Chill Factor:    7

  • Yoga Core
  • A strong core is vital to a thriving yoga practice and also serves to reduce back pain.  Creative core sequences to support a strong back and abdomen. Core sequences to prepare students for ease in yoga poses like triangle, arm balances and backbends. Pairs well with Vinyasa at 6pm!

  • Yoga Rookie: Basics for Beginners (ENROLLMENT)

  • Open Breath and Meditation ($12)
  • Research has proven that people who meditate are healthier. There are more than 100 benefits of meditation including:

    -increased blood flow and lower blood pressure

    -decreased anxiety

    -improved immune system
    Meditation is sometimes perceived as difficult. How can we stop when we move so fast ALL THE TIME. Meditation can be enjoyabe, however, with the right tools. Thrive meditation classes include:

    -breathing exercises to de-stress and concentrate the mind

    -visualization

    -kriya (cleansing through directed awareness)

    -mantra (chanting)

    -emotional sweeping and self-awareness
    No previous experience is necessary. Learn to calm down slowly. All Levels of students are welcomed.


  • Living Yoga Sessions
  • $79 | Members get 20% discount
     
    Conversation. Community. Consciousness.

    A very simple definition of consciousness is the state of being awake and aware of ones surroundings. When we practice asana, we are practicing presence as we move and breath on our mats, and this is just the beginning of that journey. Over the course of this 4 week series, Kristen will lead a conversation about what it means to live our lives as yogis off of the mat - how to practice presence in our everyday lives, how to raise our vibration, and different ways to live with intention for the sake of finding more peace and joy within ourselves, and our communitites. Each session will include a meditation, and action steps (soul work!) to practice week to week. We will also explore the six qualities of consciousness - Chit (wisdom) Svatantrya (freedom) Purnatva (perfection) Kula (sacred community) Shri (abundance) and rahasya (concealing and revealing) Come with an open heart, and expect transformation!