Transformational Flow Yoga School
Transformational Flow Yoga combines creative, intelligent Vinyasa sequences with a focus on classical alignment principles. Practices are multi-dimensional, weaving together asana, pranayama, bandha, mudra, mantra, meditation, and philosophy to invoke the heart of yoga.
The practice provides an avenue for the practitioner to safely break through limiting patterns, and rest in the space of yoga. Through practice we stoke the fire of transformation, and cultivate radical acceptance through steady self-inquiry.
Transformational Flow Yoga teacher trainings offer the platform for teachers to translate their heart wisdom into highly skilled, original group yoga classes and workshops. Our trainings also give teachers the tools to facilitate safe, effective, private yoga lessons for a variety of therapeutic needs.
Our core values are authenticity, awareness, love, and service. The teachings are rooted in the lineages of Raja Yoga, Tantra Yoga, and Hatha Yoga. The teachings come from our teachers, our hearts, each other, and from the ever-present wisdom of nature and the ever-constant power of prana.
"This training was life changing. It set me on the path for deeper exploration of yoga.
I especially liked how in-depth we went into sequencing intelligent yoga pracitices.
This will inform my teaching for the rest of my life."
- Faculty -
Kristen Coyle, E-RYT 500, is a devoted yoga practitioner, teacher, and yoga teacher trainer. She began her journey with yoga 15 years ago, and has been dedicated to the yogic path ever since. She has been teaching yoga for eleven years, and offers on-going classes, workshops, and yoga teacher trainings at various locales around the world. In 2014, she co-created Transformational Flow Yoga School, RYS 200 and RYS 300.
Kristen has studied yoga with many amazing teachers of all traditions, including Yogi Sri Dharma Mittra, whom she received her advanced certification from in NYC.
She integrates what she has studied into an intelligent alignment based, creative, physically challenging, and spiritually rooted practice. Kristen weaves breathing exercises, chanting, and meditation into her offerings to assist in the unfolding process that is yoga. She also specializes in teaching restorative yoga for people recovering from injuries and illness in a one on one setting.
Kristen is honored to share her love of yoga with aspiring teachers, and is fully dedicated to imparting the teachings in a way that is both innovative yet remains in tact with lineage and the innate intelligence of the traditional practices.
She is also trained in several bodywork modalities and runs her own healing arts practice on the Big Island, offering clients therapeutic bodywork, private yoga lessons, and Reiki.
- Kristen's Current Teaching Schedule -
- Monday, 5:00-6:30 p.m. - Open Levels Vinyasa at Hilo Shala
- Tuesday, 4:00-5:15 p.m. - Advanced Vinyasa at Balancing Monkey Yoga Center
- Wednesday, 5:00- 6:30 p.m. - Open Levels Vinyasa at Hilo Shala
- Thursday, 8:15-10:00 a.m. Dharma Yoga at Hawaiian Sanctuary
- Thursday, 4:00-5:15 p.m. Advanced Vinyasa at Balancing Monkey Yoga Center
- Kristen's Private Practice -
- Private Yoga Instruction - designed to accommodate your personal needs.
- Therapeutic focus & injury recovery
- Advancing & deepening your practice
- Kristen's Workshop Offerings -
Chakras Exploration Series
Explore the chakras through the vehicle of traditional yogic practices and discourse. Each workshop focuses on one chakra at a time (in sequential order of root to crown) and dives deep into the energetic quality of the particular energy center being focused on.
Yoga Transitions and Bandhas Workshop:
A monthly drop-in series with a different focus each month. Postural focus is either on: backbends/drop backs, inversions, arm balances, forward bends, deep hips, and/or twists. This offering is an inspired, alignment based exploration of creative yoga sequencing, transitions, how to utilize the bandhas, pranayama, and mantra. A transition is the dynamic movement between statically held postures. Learning and refining yoga transitions allows one to invoke a moving meditation by embodying continual flow. Exploring transitions gives one the opportunity to move into asanas from several different approaches. This helps demystify the more complex postures and refines the essential alignment points within the Vinyasas. Bandhas are the internal locks that stabilize the physical structure and, on a deeper level, offer an internal focal point to bind ones consciousness to (sense withdrawal). Utilizing the bandhas properly in yoga postures creates physical and mental stability, deep core strength, and float in the asanas and transitions from pose to pose.
Sthira and Sukha: Strength and Flexibility Yoga Workshop
"Sthira-sukham-asanam." Yoga Sutra 2:46. This translates as, "Posture is a comfortable, steady seat." Sthira translates as: Steady; firm; steadfast. Sukha translates as: Ease; delightful; good space. In this workshop we will explore how to create a comfortable, steady seat in a wide spectrum of postures by exploring both strength and flexibility through classical yogic postures, strength and flexibility drills, and refinement of transitions between postures. When strength and flexibility meld in perfect combination, the body moves into a state of effortless effort, which allows one to see beyond the physical and cultivate a meditative awareness within one's practice. Bandhas (the internal locks) and pranayama enhance the exploration.
Dharana: Third Eye Chakra Yoga Workshop
Dharana translates as "concentration," and is the ability to focus one's awareness on any one place, object, or idea for a concentrated length of time. The ability to concentrate is necessary before meditation can arise, and this ability is said to emanate from the third eye center, Ajna Chakra.
This workshop is a kinesthetic exploration of a variety of yogic techniques that assist in developing one-pointed focus and psychic concentration, including, mantra, pranayama, meditation (trataka), and asana. Asana focus will be on inversions, binds, and back bends.
Tapas: Inversions and Arm Balances Yoga Workshop
Tapas translates as "to burn" and is the art of purifying all levels of one's being through the techniques of yoga as laid out upon the eight fold path of Raja Yoga. This workshop will dive deep into what is needed to have stable, safe, liberated inversions and arm balances. Asana, pranayama, and bandha work.
Sraddha: Backbends and Bhakti Yoga Workshop
Sraddha translates as "faith" or "belief." It is the concept that no matter what, one is unconditionally supported by the essence of all that is. To allow unconditional faith in the universe into one's heart a strong sense of trust must be cultivated. Trust that in even in the darkest of times, all is perfect and in divine order.
Sraddha can be cultivated through the practice of bhakti (devotional) yoga. The prayer within one's heart of hearts opens and frees itself through the offering of one's breath, sweat, and voice.
This workshop will explore the elements of bhakti yoga within the context of an intelligent backbending practice, basic and creative transitions into and out of a wide range of backbends, chanting, and yogic philosophy.
Sama: Arm Balances, Inversions, and Bandhas
Sama is a Sanskrit word that translates as "balance," or "sameness." One becomes firmly established in sama by cultivating equanimity and one pointed concentration through the medium of postures, breathing exercises, and meditation.
This workshop will explore the concept of sameness through experiential practice of arm balances, inversions, and their preparatory postures and drills. Pranayama and kriya (cleansing practices) that work with the bandhas (physical/energetic locks), and meditation are also integral aspects of this workshop.
Prop usage to assist the body into more challenging poses as well as partner work will be explored to create and empower the practice.