Yoga Instructor, Breathwork Guide, Sound Bath Facilitator, and Retreat & Event Host
Who Am I?
Hello beautiful soul, and welcome!
My name is Kristina, and I work deeply within the wellness space. What began as me becoming a Yoga Instructor in 2019, has very quickly transformed into something much bigger.
Who am I without yoga? I'm passionate about sustainability, community and wellness - I'd say these are at the core of most, if not all of the decisions that I make. Movement and mindfulness are practices that continue to challenge me - they truly are called a practice for a reason.
I love learning about horticulture, holistic wellness, and history. Ridding my life of toxic products has been life changing on so many levels.
Practicing "yoga off the mat" is very important to me, and that's why I host nature clean-ups, clothing swaps, and other sustainable community events.
I named my business Vatra Wellness for a number of reasons. Vatra translated from Serbian means "fire" or "light", and while I'm known for being fiery, that's only partly why I chose it. I really wanted to honour my heritage and ancestors. What I bring to my classes and community is both fire and light. Additionally, I'm a Sagittarius which is a fire sign within the zodiac, and I love that all natural forms of light (fire, stars, moon, and sun) are represented within' the name Vatra. The name feels very fitting to me.
How I Got Here
Let's start from the beginning - in 2017, yoga found me during a very difficult time in my life and impacted me in a big way, so I started volunteering at my local yoga studio as I couldn't afford the membership. Come 2019, I knew in my soul that I needed to pursue yoga, thus, I took off my final semester of College where I was studying Business Marketing, to pursue my 500 hour yoga teacher training (don't worry, I always finish what I start, I went back and completed my program afterwards). Since then, I've taught hatha, vinyasa flow, yin, and restorative yoga at a variety of studios, and have facilitated in retreats, festivals and private events.