Cristina Marie Navaretta
By her late 20’s, she was a “successful” Executive Vice President of with the largest Financial Institution In the USA, living a life full of material luxuries (oh and extreme stress!).
Born in a small town in Arizona, USA, Cristina's adolescent years were rife with teenage rebellion, abusing drugs and numbing herself from emotions.
After college, Cristina traded one addiction for another; climbing the corporate ladder became her new drug, her way to find purpose, identity, and respect. Her empathic nature and her tendencies to organize and take charge in group settings helped her to quickly move up the corporate ladder. At 21, Cristina was the manager of a large banking center and by 26 was leading large territories worth billions.
She had done it. She had reached the summit of success; she had more money than any single girl could need: fancy car, fancy houses, luxurious vacations, and any material possession her heart could desire.
Cristina also had a gaping hole in her soul: she was trapped, disconnected, and anxiety-ridden.
This lifestyle took its toll on her health when she was diagnosed with 3 autoimmune conditions: Fibromyalgia, Systemic Lupus, and Schrogren’s Syndrome.
She spent many months bedridden and immobile with joints so sore and stiff she could hardly grab a pencil. The traditional solution was a series of very intense medication treatments, which caused major side effects that she then needed more medication to address. After several months of this science experiment, she felt hopeless, completely defined and controlled by her illnesses.
Her soul & body were crying out for attention, but her mind was not ready to let go of her lifestyle; it’s where she had derived her purpose and sense of self.
A friend suggested yoga. Starting with only the most restorative postures and eventually building strength and mobility, Cristina built her practice from the ground up, learning to cultivate self love, acceptance and non judgment.
During a Kundalini practice, she had an ineffable experience where something shifted deep within her and altered the course of her life entirely. She felt a deeper understanding of who she truly was, and what she truly desired.
After this realization, she became the ultimate student, spending much of my free time immersed in yogic and spiritual communities.
She simply could not sign up for enough courses, lectures, workshops & classes.
She was searching to learn about and experience yogic philosophy, but it resulted in her learning mostly about herself.
Cristina obtained my 200 hr YTTC at Shoshoni Ashram and later her 500 RYT at Yandara Yoga Institute. She began travelling to, volunteering at, and seeking out yoga communities, ashrams, and spiritual centres around the world.
Eventually, she came to run a holistic healing center in Oaxaca, Mexico and later became the director of a yoga school in Koh Phanghan, Thailand where she managed the development and launch of new yoga teacher trainings and workshop programs; and further, innovated and implemented systems to support the growth they had experienced.
This story, Cristina's yoga story, is just beginning. She is grateful to her many teachers and soul tribe who have inspired and motivated her on her journey. Her passion now is to inspire others to apply their practice on and off the mat, connect with themselves, and recognize that whatever they are searching for, exists within.
Now Cristina is traveling the world, teaching yoga in Teacher Training Courses and holding different workshops.
For more information about Cristina please visit: www.cristinamarie.org