Cristina Abboud Hicks

Boca Raton, FL
United States

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I ventured into my very first yoga class in early 2009 after much encouragement from my best friend. After 90 sweaty minutes of a Barkan Method inspired flow I was instantaneously hooked by the fluid movement, graceful discipline and calming effects of the practice. I spent the next two years practicing with as many different teachers in South Florida as I could, gathering inspiration not only from the beautiful intensity of the postures but from the amazing awareness and life lessons my teachers encouraged me to find each time I entered the safe, sacred space of the yoga room.

My love of yoga intensified when I became aware that my grandfather, who passed away before I was born, was a dedicated, self-taught yogi who practiced at his home in Cairo, Egypt as a means of recovery from a heart attack. Each time I step on the mat, I feel a special connection to my grandfather which helps me recognize that my love of and gravitation to the practice is innate.

In December 2011, I completed my 200-hour teacher training and became a Registered Yoga Teacher (200-RYT) with the Yoga Alliance. Immediately upon receiving my certification, I began teaching yoga and am grateful for the opportunity to contribute to the South Florida yoga community. I encourage my students to have FUN and LET GO of expectations so that the practice can become uninhibited and completely experiential - it's yoga PRACTICE not yoga PERFECT! I like to integrate yoga history and philosophy into each sequence. I love to integrate long holds, fast-paced vinyasas, opportunities for self-expression and an emphasis on alignment in each of my classes. Hope to see you on the mat!

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