Cristina Lizarazo has a deep appreciation of sports and athletic dedication. Growing up as an athlete she experienced first hand the result of determination, passion, and sacrifice. However, it wasn’t until years later that she also came to the realization the importance of self care and mindset to really improve athletic potential and performance. Cristina is fascinated by an athletes drive to challenge their limits and understands that yoga is a valuable tool that athletes can use on their journey towards athletic success.
Cristina believes that mental resilience, freedom of movement, and overall strength are the keys to unlocking athletic potential when combined with sports specific training. She also strongly believes in taking a holistic approach to achieve enhanced performance. A holistic approach recognizes that true improvement relies on the athlete, as a whole, not just the amount of hours accumulated in sports specific training and practice. Physical strength, mental strength, and a body and mind that are optimized for performance are all pieces that are interconnected and necessary for an athlete to truly realize their ultimate athletic goals.
Cristina’s teaching style is very inviting, attentive, and encouraging. Her diverse background in sport provides her with a deep understanding of an athletes body, as well as an understanding of their competitive urges. This allows Cristina to guide her students in a way that is safe, yet challenging and effective, while helping the athlete resist any competitive urges that may arise. Her kind and encouraging presence is critical in helping athletes accept their limits, especially if they are accustomed to pushing and training harder.
Cristina is a Yoga Alliance certified instructor with an additional certification in Yoga for Athletes through Sage Rountree; a leading international authority in yoga for athletes. She has over ten years experience practicing and five years experience teaching yoga. Cristina also holds a certification in Holistic Sports Nutrition and a Bachelor of Engineering degree. In addition, she’s a passionate learner with high interests in the areas of kinesiology, anatomy, and functional movement.
Although Cristina holds a love of all sports, she has personal experience in figure skating, synchronized skating, swimming, diving, gymnastics, field hockey, snowboarding, volleyball, softball, tennis, running, and rock climbing.
Cristina is located in the Greater Toronto Area and is available for workshops and private, small group, and team instruction. Her mission is to help mindful athletes, from weekend warriors to professional athletes, unlock their true athletic potential so they can conquer the crux!