Biography & Philosophy

Kristina is a Sensation Scientist and Certified Nia Teacher. She completed the weeklong intensive White Belt training in August 2011 and the Green Belt training in May 2012. The White Belt training introduces the core principles of the movement form and the foundation for practicing and teaching Nia. The Green Belt training program focuses on art and practice of teaching.

In 2011, Kristina completed the yearlong teacher training apprenticeship at the international Soul Motion™ School with designer Vinn Martí. She entered the program with the 350 required credit hours earned in classes and training sessions. The teacher training includes 24 days in residency where students immerse themselves in all aspects of the practice. Throughout the year, students in the program study and complete assignments that deepen their understanding of the philosophy and practice. To fulfill the final teaching requirements, Kristina co-taught a six-week Soul Motion™ series at Madrona MindBody Institute.

Leadership has several dimensions - the what, the how and the 'source'. Through movement and stillness practice, I seek to cultivate this third source dimension. The 'source' is the inner place from which we operate; it is quality of intention and an awareness of work, play and life. The source, this inner condition of self, has everything to do with our success.

When I realized that the way I pay attention to the world can shift a social field, and that when I shift my inner place I naturally support shifts in how life unfolds around me, I became aware of the importance of finding, and sustaining, this source of inner wisdom. To sustain ourselves as leaders, we must develop an awareness and practice that focuses on health, well-being, balance and presence. Through these two movement arts, I fuel my inner resources so that I can extend out even further in my community and the world.

For A Leader

May you have the grace and wisdom
To act kindly, learning
To distinguish between what is
Personal and what is not.

May you be hospitable to criticism.

May you never put yourself at the center of things.

May you act not from arrogance but out of service.

May you work on yourself,
Building up and refining the ways of your mind.

May those who work for you know
You see and respect them.

May you learn to cultivate the art of presence In order to engage with those who meet you.

When someone fails or disappoints you, May the graciousness with which you engage Be their stairway to renewal and refinement.

May you treasure the gifts of the mind
Through reading and creative thinking
So that you continue as a servant of the frontier
Where the new will draw its enrichment from the old, And you never become a functionary.

May you know the wisdom of deep listening,
The healing of wholesome words,
The encouragement of the appreciative gaze,
The decorum of held dignity,
The springtime edge of the bleak question.

May you have a mind that loves frontiers
So that you can evoke the bright fields
That lie beyond the view of the regular eye.

May you have good friends
To mirror your blind spots.

May leadership be for you
A true adventure of growth.

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