Meet Master Trainer Kristy Manuel
We had a moment to ask Master Trainer Kristy Manuel and co-writer of our YogaFit for Warriors Program a few questions to get to know her better. Kristy has been travelling the globe leading YogaFit teacher training and we will have the pleasure of having her in Toronto at the end of January leading our 2nd annual 100hr YogaFit for Warriors Intensive.
Quick Fire Questions:
What's your favourite yoga pose and why?
I really don’t have a favorite pose. I practice daily and my routine really depends on how I am feeling. I guess I have an affinity for trikonasana (triangle pose) because it feels good on hips and legs. I also really love bridge on a block!
If you could have any super power which one would it be?
I think it would have to be the ability to fly!
What are your morning must-haves?
In the morning I love my coffee with chocolate routine. I’m trying to switch it up a bit to the bulletproof coffee with bulletproof chocolate to lower the sugar content and fire up my brain a little more!!
Do you have a hidden talent that only your close friends/family know of?
Not that I'd like to disclose :)
In Her Own Words:
How did you discover YogaFit?
I discovered YogaFit at a fitness convention and was immediately smitten. The practice felt amazing and I started the teacher training straight away.
What influenced your decision to become a YogaFit Master Trainer?
What drew you to the YogaFit for Warriors Program?
I was thrilled to be in a position to help develop the warrior program because I knew the problem of PTSD in the military community. I had been teaching at a homeless shelter and it was mainly vets that were my students there. I knew how healing and adaptive the YogaFit style was and how well it was received by my students. What I learned with further research in writing of the trauma manual was just how pervasive trauma was in all of our lives and that the potential for yoga to assist people in the process of healing was huge. The damage done to our bodies in conditions of chronic stress are monumental but the positive changes brought about by meditative yoga are hopeful. I want to spread that healing message.
What has been the impact of the Warriors Program in your life and in the lives of those you teach?
Since we began the Warrior program 3 years ago, my teaching has shifted greatly. I see my students with new eyes and I feel like I have more compassion for them and why they exhibit certain behaviors. I also gained a much greater understanding of the effects of certain events in my own life and how they may have impacted my thought patterns and behaviors. I have more compassion for myself which is really where one must start for healing to take place.
What advice would you give to someone who is just starting their yoga journey?
I am always excited when I encounter someone just starting a journey. No one knows where exactly it will go. I guess my best advice is to stay open and to stay curious and most of all be grateful for not only the good things in life but the challenges. The challenges presented to each of us give us opportunity to grow and gain wisdom. That never ends, and that’s pretty cool.