Get to know Kristen,

owner of Yoga Essence

Kristen brings with her 12 years of yoga experience and a deep passion for the practice. The first time that Kristen attempted yoga she was following a Rodney Yee DVD that her mom had given her. She was 16 years old and she had always been a cheerleader and gymnast so the physical aspect of stretching the body appealed to her. It wasn’t until 8 years later that she took her first yoga class and began to truly embrace not just the physical practice but the spiritual one as well. Kristen loves taking an ‘Off the Mat’ approach in her practice and in her classes, combining the world of nature with the meditative benefits of yoga. She believes that simply being outside in nature has healing powers. All of Kristen’s classes reflect her passionate belief that yoga truly has the ability to change the world. Her goal is for her students to not just take yoga classes, but to live a yoga lifestyle filled with peace and love.

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Kristen studied under Rachel Brathen at a yoga retreat in Costa Rica. The experience was truly life changing.


Kristen studied under Wendy Gross-Pinto at the Yoga & Healing Center in Scotch Plains. She also began practicing yoga daily which took her personal practice and her teaching skills to a new level.


Kristen taught her first yoga class.


Kristen took her first ever yoga class at a NYSC in West Caldwell, NJ with an instructor named Jen. She challenged her students both physically and emotionally and Kristen knew by the end of that first class that yoga was going to change her life.