Saturday I did something to my left side – thought it may be related to sciatica since I had been playing whirlpool with my youngest granddaughter in the pool – she’s bigger, I’m older – wasn't the best decision in hindsight. Anyway, it was difficult to move and I was trying to stay calm and relax, not tense up. I remembered some of the postures you have taught to relieve and help the sciatic problem; I did them – iced down also, went swimming Sunday, but just stretched around. Monday, it was gone. So, I thank you; I hear your voice telling me to breath and release and other things too.
One last little bit of humor – Ali, my youngest granddaughter, had taken some yoga classes when they lived in Baltimore. She likes to teach; she teaches her animals – stuffed and real – and anyone else whom she can collar! So sometimes in the pool I get riding lessons, which is great because it reiterates what her instructor has taught to her. But Sunday, I told her my leg hurt and I thought I would just stretch and float around. She then asked if I would like to do a few stretching exercises, proceeded to get equipment out and instructed. It was good – good stretching, but also good to see there is always a plan. Flexibility in our body and minds is crucial!
Thanks for all you do to remind us of that Smile
I am thankful that The Lord brought our path to you and am thankful for this new found relationship. You are a blessing to us.
Please add my comments to the "praise" section of your website. I want the world to know my joy in having spent time with you.
Noelle and I have kept you in our prayers daily. To meet and connect with "like souled" people is a gift from above. There are no mistakes and I am humbled by the path my life has taken me. God is good.
Please give hugs to Pharaoh and if you see our turtle friend tell him Noelle can't wait to see him again!!
I know you may be celebrating a new life soon. How joyous! What a beautiful life this baby will have!
I was moved by our initial introduction last weekend when my wonderful friend Chris brought my daughter Noelle and I to meet you. Noelle and I were hoping to see you again. Our time with you and Pharaoh and our new turtle friend touched us deeply. I have thought of our short time together often. I felt so peaceful and connected. Since we have returned home Noelle has been dancing and singing more than ever. She has also created an original musical piece on her recorder. I am so blessed to witness the miracles within her every day. My thoughts are with you, your daughter and soon to be newborn baby. What a joyful time. The miracle of a newborn life will be upon you soon. Until we meet again. Very warmly and with much gratitude,
Nine years ago, at the young age of 16, I was blessed to meet Christine when she came to my high school to teach yoga. While some teacher's influences are helpful, Christine's was monumentally life changing. Her gentle spirit, unwavering belief in redemption and dedication to spiritual health are gifts that she freely gives. Her belief in me inspired growth and forever changed my life. Through her yoga , I grew to understand myself, learned healthy ways to protect and strengthen my body and found peace. Christine has such a spiritual gift and I am so fortunate to have been able to have her as part of my life. Now, at 25, I can see the thread of her influence in my life and am always grateful to her for this life gift. I am a better person today for having her in my life.
Christine is a rare and extraordinary healer and luminary. Her ability to integrate and enliven yoga, Christ consciousness and deep care for community contribution is a profound gift she shares passionately, selflessly, and profoundly with others. She reaches to the heart of healing the soul and society as well as the Self. Grace Jull –Kripalu Senior Faculty Member- Yoga trainer, author of Turning Water into Words
Christine's yoga practice is a life saving potion to heal the body, mind and soul. After my Father died, of lung cancer at home in hospice care, my Mother, who lives at home with me, began to sink into Alzheimer's. I began to sink into my own exhaustion of care taking. Upon meeting Christine, who knows the art of healing and wellness with her vast knowledge and magical gentle and inspiring yoga practice, did I begin to regain my balance and joy of living once again. Christine has devoted over forty years of her life to learning, understanding, practicing and teaching yoga in a very unique style to address the individual needs of each student. She has helped transform many lives to a healthier, manageable and certainly more joyous accepting and contented way of life. I would say Christine is my GURU. I know that each person who practices Yoga with Christine feels that their lives have reached a new and higher level of wellness, inspiration and joy. Now at 65, under the tutelage of Christine, with her encouragement and wisdom, life is more realized and good than I could ever have expected.
Adrienne Adels-International Director of Public Relations, Publicity and Creative Director
Recently I was taking a walk on our country lane with my children. We passed a stand of bamboo. My son went in it. Later on the walk he said "You know that list of 30 things you hung up? It should have 'Sit in a bamboo forest every day.' on it." You see, I've gained so much wisdom from Christine's yoga retreats that I'm putting it into practice in my daily life and am passing it on to my family. Daily I remember to breathe deeply and exhale slowly. I stand taller, remembering the "golden thread". I reach a little more than I need to when I get a glass from the cupboard. I eat a salad instead of a burger. I watch as tense social situations unfold and resist jumping in, waiting, thinking, listening instead. "Sit in a bamboo forest"? Yes, that's number 16 on the 30 Ways to Relieve Stress hand-out.
I have attended several of Christine's retreats and have come away with an odd fullness of relaxed/energized, eager/exhausted, emptied/empowered feelings. She has given me tools I use every day to handle the stresses of life. Doing yoga with Christine means pushing as hard as you decide, as she makes you aware of safely using your joints, challenging yourself without criticism or comparison and always growing in strength and flexibility. That strength and flexibility is not just for the body and for the yoga mat. Growth is the central focus of the weekend and that includes growth in faith. She passes on Scriptural wisdom and truth. She reads to us from God's word about how we are wonderfully made and how we are treasured by God. My faith in Christ is built up as my body is strengthened. The lessons continue to teach long after the weekend and the benefit spreads like ripples on a pond.
Trish G.-mother of ten vibrant, healthy children and a loving devoted wife
After a traumatic experience occurred in 2008, I found yoga and classes with Christine. I know that I was guided to Christine by God to begin a healing process, and learn about forgiveness. There is no other explanation for how or why I found her, when I was so broken and needed help. Christine truly has a gift and I will forever be thankful to her.
Karen O - Middleburg, VA
My doctor suggested yoga as a way to release stress. My sister had very painful fibromyalgia and I was determined not to. As coincidence would have it, one of my neighbors suggested I come to her yoga class; she said the instructor was really wonderful. Skeptically, I decided to give it a try. I’m more of a move, move, move person finding it hard to sit still; meditation seemed to always end up with the list-making in the brain. Christine calmly started her session with breathing exercises stressing its importance to the well-being of all the organs in the body. Her mantra is “breathe deeply” and no comparison to others. Accept yourself where you are, do what you can, and expect no more of yourself for that day – each day is a new one. She explained each posture she was introducing and why and what it would do for our body. She always asks before each session if anyone has a particular part of the body needing some special care and then, without our even being aware, she incorporates postures and breathing that will help. She will suggest other postures which may be helpful to do at home. Her passion and belief in what she does is evident in each class. I can’t say I love yoga because I still have a hard time with “being still”, but I know I practice every day the coping skills I have learned from Christine over the years. I can breathe myself out of stress many times, I can stretch kinks out, I can hear the cracks and pops that need to be cracked and popped. I feel very blessed to have stumbled along to this very amazing instructor.
I began visiting Christine for yoga classes when my husband was involved in business in the Middle East and I still had six children at home. As a military wife, I know too simply "to do the next thing." However, participating in her classes two times each week provided not only necessary stretching but a committed time to "just be". Her imparting a wealth of information about bodily systems during yoga provided an understanding that most of us had never heard or sought to understand. Finally, each session ended with at least a ten minute session of just being still. One time just being still caused me to release bottled up exhaustion. I can not tell you what a blessing both physically and emotionally my time with her has meant.
To say that Christine's teaching will bring you into a place of union with God, contentment, balance, alignment and joy is the absolute truth. I experienced Christine's teaching and something shifted inside of me in a way I had not known before. She is an amazing conduit for the Holy Spirit. In my first class, I barely knew her although I knew something profound was being prayed over me and was filling me. I have grown to know and love Christine in the past few years and I have no doubt if you enter into fellowship with her you will experience the same. I have practiced with many teachers in my 13 years teaching Yoga and I place Christine at the top of my list of mentors. Truly a woman of God who loves the Lord and communicates truth. If you choose to gain from her wisdom and teaching, you will be richly blessed.
Christine graced my life at a time when I was beginning to discover the real dysfunctions in my life. She was authentic, caring, and seriously honest with herself and her difficult situations, which encouraged me to accept myself. We developed a friendship as well as an accountability partnership that has stayed me from utter destruction from addiction, abuse and self-destruction. Christine offered me a healing weekend retreat as the next step in my journey when I had profound life changes being worked out.
Christine is a pillar of godly devotion, instruction, empathy and sympathy. She is increasingly willing to be looked upon and interrogated by others about her beliefs, desires and imperfections.
My life has taken yet another three-quarter turn and Christine is still changing, yet the same, guiding me, keeping me accountable and accepting my imperfect friendship. I am so very excited to share more time on this earth with Christine!
I attended one of Christine’s weekend retreat workshops. The workshop was well planned and well executed. Christine’s yoga teaching is gentle yet strong. She encourages participants to extend themselves, but not beyond their ability. I particularly liked her emphasis on the spiritual and emotional aspects in addition to the physical exercise, I have attended several yoga classes and workshops over the years and I think Christine’s workshop is among the best. Christine is a caring, knowledgeable holistic practitioner and I highly recommend her classes and workshops.
“I’ve spent most of my adult life living with degenerative chronic low back pain. As the result of my consistent participation in Christine’s Pilates classes, I have been pain-free and have regained the feeling of well-being that I have not experienced since I was a kid.”
I have been a student of Christine’s for several years and her classes have become an integral part of my life. I truly miss the sessions that I am not able to attend. Unlike other classes that I have attended she has an amazing way of weaving the physical, mental and spiritual aspects of the practice together. I find that when I work with her on a regular basis I feel much more supple, the amount of stress I feel is definitely reduced and I have found over a period of time that some of my health problems have been alleviated. She would receive the highest possible recommendation from me.
Christine’s way of teaching Yoga is a perfect balance of body,
mind and spirit. She walks us through the exercises in such a way that
the mind doesn’t interfere and instead of rushing from one exercise to
the next she makes us hold postures and at the end of an exercise
integrate what we just did.
No matter how tired I am when I go to Yoga I always go away feeling
refreshed and relaxed. Christine is an amazing teacher.
I have found Christine to be a very attentive and supportive assistant. She is sensitive both to the director and students and is a very good resource for how material is landing for the students. In my years of working with her my experience has always been positive.
“Christine’s dedication to her practice is evident both on and off the mat!”
A testimonial to the Christine that I know that I can offer:
Christine is a woman of deep faith in Jesus Christ and seeks to make the whole of her living a spiritual practice. As such, she is interested in living and in helping others to cultivate a genuinely holistic spirituality that encompasses all aspects of their lives.
Christine keeps challenging people just enough so that they can make real progress in her yoga classes but she never pushes them over the line where they just get discouraged and quit. She explains why you are doing certain exercises so that you don’t feel you are going through some mindless routine. And she varies the routines in her classes so that they don’t get stale. A lot of people who are trying to get back into shape, especially as they get older, avoid gyms and exercise classes because they are worried they will embarrass themselves. If that’s your worry, Christine is the person you should work with — friendly, low-key but serious about helping you out.
I first went to Christine’s class to cure a low back ache I had developed from riding a horse with a particularly bouncy canter. In fact, for more than twenty years, I had suffered some lower back pain which had prevented me from lounging in bed on the weekend. It took a while, but, now I no longer get back aches of any sort. The class has now turned into an intense mental self examination as well as physical exercise. It has become the one hour of “me time” I have in the day. I leave the class refreshed and relaxed. I wish I could do the class every day
Christine has assisted many of the trainings and retreats I have led over the years. I can attest to how many have been touched by her passion for sharing the keys to health, healing and wellness.
Yoga has been my saving grace for relaxation and mental and physical health for more than 40 years. I have studied the practice of Yoga, in many places both in the US and abroad over the years. Christine brings a dedication to “live” in our bodies both spiritually and physically and has been a terrific inspiration to me now for over five years. She is inspiring to her students and is constantly adding variety and grace to our Yoga lives. It is and has been truly a privilege to be her student and have her guidance and empathy and dedication to this ancient, amazing practice.
Christine is a shining exemplar of service and compassion. Through yoga, meditation, Ayurveda and a host of other healing modalities, Christine can guide you through your own transformational journey. She walks her talk every day, and is a true blessing as a friend and teacher.
Why am “I”? As a child, I found joy in my life and ran being wild and free with my best friend Ron in Novato, Ca. The two of us romped around like free birds, catching blue belly lizards, snakes, and yellow garden spiders. We road down huge hills of cardboard, going so fast and screaming with joy; then, life took us away. It has been 52 years now, we survived Viet Nam. I met Christine over forty years ago. I saw in her the energy of my youth that had drifted away. Christine invited me to believe in hope and joy. Her teachings in yoga, spiritual healing, her faith, values in life and commitment let me know that life could make sense. Christine transformed my life by her soul nurturing energy and she gave me the strength to be proud as a Vietnam Vet, in the face of peer disgrace. In recent years, she has introduced me to Ayurveda, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) which has been helpful in my path to healing. She knows that her mission and calling is serving mankind. All of this drove me to be the great man that I am today. She invited me to appreciate why I am. As any of her students know, she is vibrant, her spirit soars, she is a force of her own, a force you want to be part of.
After yesterday’s great class- wanted to write another testimonial to you.
Christine’s yoga practice is unique-unlike any other discipline- it truly nurtures and carves out a refreshed and joyful mind body and soul. Christine’s knowledge, and understanding of the physiology biology and psychology of the mind and body is remarkable……and her talents translate into a style that allows each yoga student to flourish and release the “baggage” ….the stress, the fear, the anxiety, the toxins…..that constrict and weigh us down. How is it possible to enter yoga practice upset, stiff, scared, nervous, fragile….. And leave at the end of an hour’s practice to feel calm, released, renewed refreshed and joyous. It is Christine’s magic that has the power to transform. Give yourself the gift of one class with Christine and you will treat yourself to a new & enhanced way to think breathe and live a better healthier happier life every day.
I met Christine years ago when I attended a retreat — I had been looking as far away as Canada and Mexico for a yoga retreat and here you were right in my own backyard! While the days didn’t hold as much yoga as I had imagined, the time was empowering. Yoga stretched the body, while Christine filled our minds with information — about energy, Ayurveda, spirit — that I didn’t even know I craved. She also fed us healthy meals that tasted as fabulous as it made us feel.
I can’t even tell you what I learned at that retreat, so much of it has become a part of how I approach life, stress, and health. Christine’s holistic vision and expectation that everyone can and should make a place for themselves amongst the empty chatter of our busy lives should be available to more people, although the peaceful setting, kind presence, and calculated days certainly were part of the experience. The last night was a “silent night,” which pointed up to me how much of my time is spent not really listening, but planning how to react to others and anticipating how they react to you! Like many things that weekend, eye opening.
I made several friends who have stayed with me, not the least of whom is Christine herself. I have seen her grow the last five years, taking the opportunity to learn more and integrating it into a worldview Whether or not I make the time to practice with her, she always has time for a hug, an encouraging smile or an inspiring nugget of news. Thank you so much!
Driven more out of curiosity and hopeful inquiry, I attended one of Christine’s yoga retreats with my daughter. I had just begun a practice of therapeutic yoga once a week, so I had some appreciation of many of the basics of yoga. In fact, it took me no time at all to become addicted to actually breathing again — a practice that had slipped away somewhere in my youth many years ago without my even knowing it.
I had expected a focus on Christian principles to be interwoven with lectures, but had never anticipated the power of conscious reflection during the actual practice. It was as if for the first time in memory my soul exhaled.
To explain the experience is like pondering the imponderable — no level of effort on my part would ever do it justice. Christine gave me an opportunity to connect pieces of my being that had been broken and scattered for so many years that I had come to believe that that unnatural state was natural.
I look forward to participating again in one of her yoga retreats. Now that I have all the pieces, I’m looking forward to making new course corrections through a deepening of that first experience.
Thank you, Christine!
I am honored to have Christine as a friend, with whom I have shared many years of deep inner work at Kripalu Center. I have assisted Kripalu workshops with Christine and found her personal faith and the energy it generates to be profoundly inspiring. Her dedication to excellence made it a delight to serve alongside her. A gifted yoga teacher, her actions flow from her intention to help others experience their own depth, connection, and resonance with Spirit. –
Christine has the most beautiful spirit that one cannot help but be drawn to. She is a truly gifted teacher who exudes great wisdom while maintaining an authentic approachability and nurturing delivery of her knowledge. Every time I have had taken a class from or had a conversation with her I absorb something new. I am so thankful for what I have received through Christine's offerings and I would encourage anyone to join with her in any available opportunity for learning and growth. I believe you will be just as grateful for her as I am!
“We who have the opportunity to meet Christine and to listen to her wisdom have been given a rare gift. Quietly, she guides and attends to us by her attention to breathing, meditation, and the practice of Ayurvedic yoga. Thank you Christine for leaving us with a sense of transformation and renewal.”