Cristina Gildee began teaching hot hatha in 2011, then began her exploration into creative vinyasa in 2012 after graduating from Sattva Yoga Teacher Training under the tutelage of Ali Valdez and the mentorship of Carina Terra. As a Ph.D. student (Biological Anthropology) at the University of Washington, and she integrates her studies in human evolutionary biology, biomechanics, and medicine with yogic science in order to create holistic flows which offer support and inspiration. Over the years, she has had the privilege of working with teachers such as Liz Doyle, Edward Clark, and Andrey Lappa, among others. Their explorations of creative movement and the principles of the Universal Yoga system are seen in her classes, where she provides challenging and engaging flows to trap your mind and bring you out of your comfort zone. She encourages her students always to push their boundaries, but to build a communicative relationship with their bodies in order to practice safely.