Kristina Kuzmich, a once Vail resident, now lives in San Diego, CA and is honored to be at the Eagle YogaFEST! At a young age, she was first influenced by her pastor father, who instilled a strong idea and respect for discipline. Her trainings in Tibetan Buddhist Meditation while studying at Naropa University in Boulder, CO only deepened her personal insight and dedication to understanding the mind/body connection. Intrigued with the human body and the mind/body healing potential, she gained her 600hr Massage Therapy certification in 2008. Nearly two years later, she went on to train, study, and mentor under master yoga teacher, Annie Carpenter, obtaining her SmartFLOW® Yoga certification in Los Angeles at Exhale Sacred Center for Movement. After her short residence in LA, she missed the mountains and relocated to the quaint ski resort town of Vail, CO, where she taught weekly yoga classes, instructed specialized yoga workshops throughout the High Rockies and directed a yoga studio. In May of 2013 she hosted her first Yoga Surf Retreat in the historic art town of Todos Santos, Baja, Mexico.
Currently, Kristina is a 200 E-RYT with Yoga Alliance, LMT in Colorado, CMT in California, as well as an assistant to Annie Carpenter’s SmartFLOW® yoga teacher trainings in LA. Kristina has learned to see the body as a whole unit, not only on the massage table but also in flowing, smart body functions & movements. Her yoga classes focus on exploration, internal awareness, alignment with mindful flowing movements. Kristina is driven by her passion for healthy living, community, growth and above all else introspection. From these amazing experiences, Kristina’s living yoga unfolded and in 2012 she created Mindful Evolution, working with her clients, she combines yogic philosophy, therapeutic massage, meditation and health into a daily sequence of life.
She believes that we are spiritual beings living in human bodies and that Self-Realization is key to our purpose, happiness and innate joy! Kristina shares a dynamic blend of Tibetan Buddhist wisdom, SmartFLOW® yoga methodology based in traditional yogic principles and self empowerment philosophy in her classes and beyond. She is a yoga ambassador for Manduka and Ahnu, and she was a lululemon yoga ambassador for Vail, Colorado in 2012. Kristina serves on the council of the non-profit organization, Bridges Between (BB), as the Director of Public Relations and Community Outreach, promoting education among women and children in the remote villages of Nepal. When she is not massaging or teaching yoga, she is joyfully cooking at her home in Cardiff by the Sea, meeting new people, writing, volunteering, seeing ideas and connecting them to those around her, snowboarding when in the mountains, surfing when in the ocean, hiking, running, reading, meditating, loving on her cat, Oscar and enriching her relationships to the best of her abilities as they present themselves.