Kristen Mc McCarthy

Kristen Mc McCarthy
I walked into my first yoga class when I was pregnant with my daughter, with no idea
of how the practice would, ultimately, influence my life. That was back in 1997 and, no matter where life has taken me, it always brought me back to my mat.

Fast-forward 15 years and, after stepping away from the corporate world in 2012, I earned my 500-hour, Yoga Alliance-approved teaching certificate from Kava Yoga in Long Beach, CA.


In addition to my 500-hour credential, I have 30 hours of Yoga
Alliance-approved training in children's yoga, as well as holdcertification in trauma-focused yoga (20 hours),yoga for 12-step recovery (24 hours)and Yoga Strap Wall Level 1 (10 hours).

My teaching style emphasizes strength; flexibility; proper
alignment; and, most important, safety. I connect all movement with the breath, ensuring that students gain the most benefit from their practice — physically, mentally and spiritually. In the end, my goal is to inspire students to work to their highest potential, while encouraging them to have fun and enjoy their practice.

I teach Vinyasa Flow, Hatha, Trauma-informed, Addiction Recovery and Children's Yoga and enjoy working with private clients, whether they are looking for help with injury prevention/recovery, are new to the practice and want to build confidence before taking a public class, or simply want the benefits of a one-to-one practice.

Favorite Yoga Move: 

Ardha chandrasana! I love the balance between feel root, while opening my heart and enjoying the lightness of the pose!

How Has Yoga Benefited You The Most: 

Learning to listen to my body and my breath, not my ego, helped me find a center and a peace I never knew before. The fact is, it saved me! :)

Reason Started Doing Yoga: 

In 1997, I was pregnant with my daughter. Prior, I was running 35 miles and week and doing kick-boxing 4 times a week (not great for a soon-to-be momma!). I found a prenatal yoga class through Irvine rec. Learning to listen to my body and to BREATHE were the greatest gifts for childbirth!

5 Words That Describe Your Teaching Style: 

Strong, safe, fun, challenging and compassionate.