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.
Yoga for athletes helps build mental resilience, freedom of movement, and overall strength. Cristina believes that these are the keys to improving an athletes performance when combined with sports specific training. She also strongly believes in taking a holistic approach to achieve improved 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. Physical strength, mental strength, and a body and mind that are optimized for performance are just some of the benefits of yoga for athletes. All these factors are interconnected and necessary for an athlete to truly achieve their ultimate athletic goals.
Cristina teaches private yoga classes for athletes. Her 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 has been teaching yoga since 2012. 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 a private yoga teacher located in the Greater Toronto Area. She offers private yoga classes for individuals, small groups, and sports teams. Her mission is to help mindful athletes, from weekend warriors to professional athletes, unlock their true athletic potential with yoga so they can conquer the crux!