Christina grew up in a beautiful paradise: The island of Guam. As a child, music and playing the piano was her passion. She then relocated to southern California in 1997 where she decided to continue to live her passion by studying and achieving a minor degree in music, and a major degree in nursing. Christina then taught owned and taught her own piano music school, sharing her gifts with her students. She was well established and many of her students place in piano festivals and won competitions and scholarships.
In 2000 Christina sought out yoga at local fitness centers and practiced on and off as part of her exercise regimen. However she experienced medical complications which required multiple surgeries. Yoga now became an alternative holistic approach, a saving grace to
remedy the illness. Christina soon needed to change everything: diet, lifestyle, habits, exercise regimen, environment and surroundings. Yoga was the medicine and therapy that got her through her healing and recovery days. From Christina’s weakest moments, one practice at a time she began to improve her health, energy, strength, trust, hope, faith. Love returned in all areas of herself.
Christina’s overall well-being was transformed physically, mentally and spiritually. She began to take a deeper study, gaining knowledge of the life of Yoga and it’s philosophy, diet, practices, traditions and meaning. Christina fell in love with what yoga is, and in 2006 she made the dedication daily, fully transforming to not just practice yoga but to inherit yoga as a way of daily living. Yoga called her as it healed her and saved her. She was patient and yoga became her medicine for life. The yoga rug became Christina’s best friend and companion and brought it with her into the sacred space of each moment of the practice. Many times exhaustion and fatigue set in prompting strong urges to quit. Many times she questioned it all. She asked herself many times “Why do I do this, why do I continue?“. Delving into readings of the Sutras and yoga philosophy allowed Christina to hang on and get past all the resistance. In order to heal we must be free of everything that is not good for us: Toxins, blockages, stress, illness, disease, etc.
In 2006 Christina began a deeper exploration of yoga. Hatha, Vinyasa, Ashtanga, Iyengar and Bikram. Christina took practice regularly and fed the body and mind. Yoga studios began to evolve in cities like coffee shops. All of a sudden yoga has become very popular and with many different styles. In her immediate vicinity of Orange County California, many studios began to open their doors and offer a deeper training for those interested. Christina remembers having her curiosity struck by seeing so many mailings and franchises of yoga studio offerings everywhere.
Given all the methods of yoga, Christina was most attracted to Ashtanga. The challenges to the body and mind were just what she needed for her body and mind and she loved breathing through it all. During the days of Christina’s recovery of illness, the breathing was the powerful key during her days of pain and discomfort. She gradually shifted her focus, time and energy more and more towards her yoga practice. Slowly she began to memorize the Ashtanga teachings, traditions and series of postures. Christina could then see herself one day perhaps sharing this gift with others. With Christina being a nurse by trade and adding a 200 hour RYT certification with an Ashtanga based program, yoga became a precious facet to her career and life. Each year Christina made time in her life for continued education with Ashtanga teachers in her area. Astanga Yoga was very limited then and she had to drive 30-45 minutes one way to practice. She spent many practice hours at Pacific Ashtanga, a studio where Manju and Sharath Jois would visit from time to time. When travelling the world Christina would make it to workshops with Tim Miller, Manju Jois, David Swenson and Ken Harukuma.
In 2009 Christina moved back to the Hawaiian Islands and decided to immerse in practice and study with her teacher Jo Ichihara: A student of Guruji Sri K. Patabi Jios and Nancy Gilgof. A a real impression of an Ashtanga Yoga Teacher Internship was formed, Christina flowed her practice with gentleness, love and lightness. She flowed with her new students but was strict about the traditional Ashtanga teachings. Christina then decided to accept the teacher in training apprenticeship and she grew her own experience in teaching, assists, adjustments, modifications. Christina also provides anatomy and physiology teachings for the benefit of the practitioners body and mind. Though the dedication of practicing daily with her main teacher Jo Ichihara at 5:00 am until 9:00 am and then returning to the mat at 4:00 pm to 7:00pm for three years. Christina has been teaching ever since and anually in between practice, teaching adn reatreats she takes flight to California, Hawaii, India and Thailand to study under the tutelage the master teachers: Manju Jois, Tim Miller, David Swenson and Ken Harukuma.