|Kristi McNeill is a 500-hr Yoga Alliance certified instructor, 200-hr ERYT. Her first experience with yoga was in Austin, Texas. Like so many others, she found yoga through injury. It was while looking for a way to heal injuries from distance running that Kristi came to realize the emotional and spiritual benefits of the practice.|
Kristi is Managing Teacher of Pure Yoga's upper West side location where she teaches athletic and challenging Hot Power classes as well as basics classes and privates.
Kristi is currently working towards her pre-natal certification.
More About Kristi
Where are you originally from?
What class do you teach at Pure?
I teach Hot Power Yoga, Slow Flow and Basics. I'm also the Managing Teacher at Pure West.
How long have you been practicing yoga?
What first attracted you to yoga?
The notion that it could heal my injuries and make me more calm.
Who was your first yoga teacher and how did he/she inspire you?
My first experience with yoga was with Bikram yoga and I was most inspired by the immediate sense of awareness that I felt. I was hooked from that point.
What do you love about teaching?
I love my students. The feeling that my class might make a difference in someone's day is really wonderful and rewarding. I know the difference that yoga has made for me and when I see it bringing happiness to my students it is incredibly uplifting.
What challenges do you still face with your practice
My hips and hamstrings are still very tight from many years of distance running. I also have a really hard time with twists, so binding is tough for me. I am amazed though at how far I have come and I know with time it will all continue to get easier.
What motivates you to practice today?
My yoga practice helps to balance me out, not only physically, but emotionally. I am motivated by the opportunities of physical and spiritual growth. I am also motivated to practice so that I can be the best instructor I can be for my students. I find that the poses that are most challenging for me become my favorite poses to teach.
Before becoming a yoga teacher, what did you do?
I was in sales and marketing for several years. I worked for a great company for 6 years that relocated me from Austin, Texas to New York. I kept that job my first year of teaching and only taught at 6 a.m. so that I could do both, before having the opportunity to teach full time.
What do you love about Pure Yoga?
Pure is a great community. There are so many amazing instructors here to learn from. The studio is super friendly and welcoming. I love everything about Pure.