Kristien is originally from Hasselt, Belgium, but has been living in Amsterdam for quite a while now, where she runs her own yogastudio. Kristien is a graduate and former teacher of the Rotterdam Dance Academy and became a certified Laban Movement Analyst in Berlin. Until the ’90′s she could be seen on national and international dance podia as modern dancer and choreographer. In those days (1990), Kristien was introduced to her first Iyengar yoga teacher, Charles Hond, by a choreographer. She took classes as preparation for rehearsals and shows.
Since 1999 Kristien is certified as an Iyengar yoga teacher, trained by Annemieke Post, Charles Hond, Clé Souren, John Floris and Nanda Peek. After her initial training, Kristien visited RIMYI (Pune, India) eight times to follow classes for a month with Geeta and Prashant Iyengar, and assisted in the therapeutic classes supervised by Mr. Iyengar. At this moment, Kristien holds the Intermediate Senior 1 Certificate and she guides students to become teachers in her own yogaschool and in Maastricht. Kristien has worked as a member of the Board and several committees of the Iyengar Yoga Association Netherlands, and is assessor for the Iyengar Yoga Assessments.
Photo credit: Kerry Reinking