Kristen is first a child of God and a student of Jesus. She is a mother and the wife of a retired Army officer. After more than twenty years of experience in the commercial fitness industry, she shifted her energy to health ministry, focusing on posture and mind/body wellness as a way to connect to God & community. She maintains her Personal Training and Group Fitness certifications with the American Council on Exercise and meets the qualifications for Yoga Alliance 200hr RYT.
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Shortly after she began teaching yoga in 2002, BodyInUnity was born when Bible study and love of yoga lead her to intertwine faith and fitness. Kristen had been a student of yoga two years prior with hopes to improve her flexibility, and to balance out the many demanding classes she was teaching. She discovered it offered so much more.
Building on her foundation in fitness, Kristen got her initial yoga training from YogaFit, and pursues more than ten hours every year of continuing education from Yoga Alliance certified teachers, and accredited fitness professionals from around the world. She sees life as a classroom, and doesn't believe in teaching unless she is constantly learning.
Having a passion for praise and worship music, experience on the praise team and as a worship leader, a background in visual art, and an understanding of choreography, it has been a natural progression for Kristen to create the BodyInUnity classes.
Kristen has also brought her expertise in posture, alignment, and functional fitness to her classes, as well as private students, utilizing her ability to design unique programs to enhance quality of life, including spiritual wellness.
Although not fluent, Kristen learned enough functional Korean and Dutch, to enable her to share her classes with civilians as well as U.S. military and NATO forces while serving overseas with her husband and daughter.
She was also frequently invited to lead soldiers for their required physical training, and received awards for excellence in fitness services she provided for military families.
After being introduced to aerobic dance fitness in college, Kristen began teaching on campus, and helped to train female bodybuilders for competition at a local gym while she herself competed for a short time.
Over her 30+ years of leadership in fitness she has sought education in, and taught many disciplines including: strength training, hi/low aerobics, step aerobics, cardio kickboxing, circuit training, outdoor cross training, kids fitness, senior fitness, aquatic fitness, indoor cycling, sprint triathalon training, stability ball core & cardio, personal training, but has always gravitated toward a holistic and functional approach.
BodyInUnity Inc. is a non-profit 501(c)3 ministry.