Christina's Story

As a young kid, I was routinely picked last in gym class, I hated the President’s Fitness Test (which is bogus) and I didn’t make the basketball team because – “You’re too short”. In a last-ditch effort to find something, I walked onto the cheerleading squad and was immediately labeled a “base” – I, along with a few other thicker girls, would support our lighter teammates in pyramids and lifts.

We were the anchors because we didn’t have that “athletic” look.

Putting my heart into belonging SOMEWHERE, only to feel like I didn’t belong ANYWHERE negatively impacted my experience with team sports and beyond.

As life ebbed and flowed, I discovered endurance sports in my early 30’s. Following a terrible race that fractured me to my core, I worked to rebalance how I live, how I engage, and how I prioritize everything sport AND beyond.  I love being physical – I feel strong, both in my body, and in my soul.  This feeling is amplified as the challenge grows – a technical workout, more elevation or a longer distance.

Training and racing don’t know or care about my weight, my struggles, my fears.  I step into a new kind of power “ME” when I lace up, push off the pool wall, or sprint through that segment.  I turn down any pieces of myself that hesitate, are shy, or self-conscious; instead, I turn up the storm – there is a fire in my eyes and a flutter in my heart.  I feel supported and included when I’m competing.  It’s not about belonging anymore.  It’s about fostering a stronger relationship with myself.

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Christina's Experience

I am an adult athlete with experience running long distance events and triathlons.  Through the lenses of yoga, sport psychology, and my own experiences, I help build a mindfulness foundation that pairs with run/triathlete coaching for a more holistic approach to sport.  I work athletes of all ages and sports; from amateur to professional on elevating their performance using mental techniques such as goal setting, pre-performance routines development, visualization, and relaxation.

I earned a master’s degree in sport psychology from the John F. Kennedy School of Sport Psychology at National University and am a candidate for the Certified Mental Performance Consultant exam through the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP).

Certifications/Education

  • Registered Yoga Teacher | Yoga Alliance
  • Yoga for Athletes Certification | Sage Rountree
  • Ashtanga Yoga Certification | Emmaus Yoga
  • Run Coach, Level 1 | Road Runner’s Club of America
  • Sport Psychology Certification | California Southern University
  • Ironman University Coaching Certification | Ironman
  • SafeSport Trained | U.S. Center for SafeSport
  • Master of Arts, Sport Psychology | National University
  • Masters Swimming Coach, Level 1 | U.S. Masters Swimming
  • Triathlon Coach, Level 1 | USA Triathlon

Teaching & Program Development

  • Aqua fitness for arthritis & fibromyalgia
  • Mental Conditioning Coaching
  • Yoga for endurance athletes (run/triathlon) & team sports
  • Yoga & mindfulness for amputees & brain trauma
  • Yoga & mindfulness for medical professionals & educators
  • Yoga & mindfulness for adolescents
  • Run/Triathlon coaching