Meet Our Team
"The owl is a master of flight and adaptation. He integrates intelligence, power, grace, and beauty. He is acutely aware and adaptive. He routinely varies his behavior and defensive strategies to adjust to changing conditions. He is flexible in his feeding habits and nest-building choices. He varies his territories to fit food supplies and population densities. His vision and hearing are outstanding. In this, the owl makes a perfect model for mastery. Owls have much to teach us about living in a conflicted and ever-changing world. We would be wise to attend to them." ~Frank Rivers, The Way of the Owl
Owner and Chief Executive Owl
Kristy has over 17 years of experience as a movement educator in the modalities of yoga, therapeutic dance, Thai Yoga Bodywork, and meditation. She is a Brown Belt Nia Teacher, an E-RYT500 Yoga Teacher and Trainer, Thai Yoga Bodywork Trainer, and owner of Wise Owl School of Yoga. She offers Yoga Teacher Trainings, Continuing Education courses, and Personal Development Programs.
Kristy is the former Administrative Director of the Mindfulness Center at the University of Virginia. In 2010, she developed and implemented a clinical trial at the University of Virginia Cancer Center to study the effect of the Nia Technique among women treated for breast cancer. In 2011, she started a Restorative Yoga program for breast cancer survivors and caregivers at the UVA School of Nursing. Both of these programs are still ongoing.
In 2016, Kristy founded the Wise Owl School of Yoga and began offering 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Trainings. Since then, she has certified over 100 new yoga teachers. Through generous donations to the Wise Owl School of Yoga's Pay It Forward Fund, Kristy has been able to grant partial and full scholarships to Black, Indigenous, and People of Color to assist in their completion of a 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Certification. This supports the mission of Wise Owl Wellness to bring more diverse yoga teachers to the world and "change the face" of yoga. You can find her teaching yoga, leading retreats, and dancing through life. She currently lives in Tucson, AZ.