Bringing Awareness Through Movement
Hi, I am Cristina. I am so happy that you are here. Feel like at home as you explore this space, and get in touch if you would like to explore how to start or improve your movement journey.
Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher (CIYT™) for about 16 years, and certified teacher of Restore Your Core™ (RYC®), a program specialized in core and pelvic floor issues.
I offer group and private Iyengar Yoga classes, online and in person, from beginner levels to advanced, and prenatal and postpartum rehabilitation movement classes in the RYC program.
Drawing from many years of experience teaching Iyengar Yoga®️ and a relative more recent discovery of RYC®️, I seek to guide students to a greater awareness of their body towards integration, bringing together mind, body and breath. Through sequencing and teaching techniques, my classes are accessible to all bodies, and forever changing. I love searching for a tiny margin of improvement in your movement, in order to get a significant change once you put everything together.
I meet you where you are, when you are ready.
EMPOWERING WOMEN DURING POST-PARTUM RECOVERY
I have become so passionate about this topic as I have been struggling myself to fill this gap for my own post-partum rehabilitation. There is generally a lack of information and education on post-partum recovery and safe return to exercise. You can find bits of info here and there but hardly a comprehensive program to help you feel you are safe and on the right path.
Being a strong believer that Education is a life-long-journey...I have been exploring and training in post-partum recovery in different approaches.
In Iyengar Yoga®️ attending a training on Iyengar Yoga for Motherhood with Rita Keller (Germany) and an inspiring and knowledgeable training on Pelvic Floor & Postpartum with Rebecca Weisman (Vermont, USA) integrating those topics into Iyengar Yoga®️ practice.
I also wanted to deepen my experience and knowledge in movement approaches and finally found RYC®️ as such a comprehensive program. As Certified RYC®️ Teacher, I strive to help find and use your reflexive core stability. Retraining your core and pelvic floor muscles to be functional, reflexive, responsive, and supportive to your body.
More trainings came along the way. In Restorative Exercise™ by Katy Bowman, The Center Method for Diastasis Recti Recovery™ and Support Your Floor™ by Carolyne Anthony, a Restoration and Vitality for the Female Pelvis Webinar by Tom Myers' Anatomy Trains™, a webinar on Pelvic Floor and Yoga by Leslie Howard.
When I started my movement journey, I already knew I wanted to share this work and guide other women in their healing journey through different phases of their lives in a supportive, respectful, and empowering way.
Originally from Italy, I’m a married mom of two amazing children. Together with my husband, we live between Ethiopia and the Netherlands at the moment. I have a geeky past (and present) as Economic Data Analyst, with a Ph.D. in Empirical Economics. This is to say that I have always been looking for precision and structure also in my active movement practice. And have a great passion for teaching. Over the past 16 years I have been teaching yoga and movement in three different continents, to students coming from everywhere in the world.
iYoga On The Move starting from Within!
' A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step'
Why Iyengar Yoga?
Cultivating a Passion for Learning and Inquiry
It can help with
You don’t need to be able to touch your toes to do Iyengar. The use of props is to enable any practitioner, from beginners to advanced, to hold postures without causing pain or injury.
Through its focus on alignment, the small muscles that are often ignored become stronger. The result is that you’ll find yourself sitting and standing straighter, which will give you more energy, less pain, and increased confidence.
A Calmer Mind
Meditation in Action. Once you enter an asana or pose, Iyengar encourages you to focus on the alignment and ignore all other thoughts in your head and being in the moment. The more you practice it, the calmer your mind will be—on the mat and off of it.
Studies have supported the power of Iyengar yoga to relieve back and neck pain. The practice helps stretch the muscles of the back and relieve pain-causing tension.
In addition to stretching your muscles, the physical demand of holding each pose will help you build strength and tone your body.
Learning the fundamentals, and go beyond.
Plus it systematically works every part of your body, giving you great muscle definition.
“Thanks to Cristina's wonderful lessons,
I feel life inside again, my body "woke up"
and I want to practice more and more!
The class is so dynamic and different every time,
my body and soul rest,
during the whole session I feel my baby and I know she enjoys it as well.”
— Natasha F
Why Restore Your Core ?
Empowering Women Through Body and Mind Awareness
It can help with
Strengthen Your Core
Core training is much more effective than core exercising to achieve a functional and strong core. RYC® program is designed and safe to practice for postpartum rehabilitation and for Diastasis Recti (abdominal separation). It is never too late to learn to move functionally!
Relieve Back Pain
Solutions for easing back pain are not complicated when you are armed with the tools you need. Learn to place less stress on your back, train your core to support you and functional exercises for a sustainable and healthy back.
Alleviate Pelvic Floor Dysfunction
Pelvic floor issues happen when the muscles and structure of the pelvis are compromised. Learn tools, strategies and exercises to relieve your pelvic floor issues, leaking, incontinence and prolapse.
Knowledge and Awareness
Connection and Control
Strength and Stability
Align, Move, Restore
Diastasis Rectus Abdominis (DRA) is the partial or complete separation of the abdominal wall muscles. It is very common during and following pregnancy (but not limited to that). Every woman deserves to know what an abdominal separation is, what it means for function and what ignoring it might mean for her future. RYC® is designed to support DRA-repair and overall better core function.
Workout With Better Results
How you exercise matters. RYC® helps women rebuild strength and confidence with workouts that tone, shape, and rehab the core and pelvic floor in a functional way.
It helps you get back into an active lifestyle for good—without pain, discomfort, or fear.
BE INQUISITIVE HAVE COMPASSION BE ACCOUNTABLE HAVE FUN
Your Movement Journey Starts Here
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