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birgitte kristen




Birgitte grew up in Denmark. At the age of 19, she had the opportunity to move to Los Angeles where she started studying psychology, massage therapy, meditation, & yoga. Birgitte started teaching yoga in 1992, and since 1993 at YogaWorks, Santa Monica.  With a YogaWorks 500-hour certification and over 27 years of professional instruction, Birgitte has been leading trainings at YogaWorks since 2004. She is a Senior Yoga Teacher Trainer-Mentor for both 200 and 300 Hour Teacher Trainings and a contributor to the educational curriculum. 


Over the years Birgitte has studied in depth with yogic scholars, such as Richard Miller, Lisa Walford, Julie Gudmestad, and Rolf Sovik and she continues to explore how yoga is best adapted to the many challenges of living in the West. Her vast experience of working with a variety of students such as athletes, dancers, children, seniors, cancer patients, and people who suffer from PTSD, has given her a vast knowledge of intelligent and mindful sequencing with  concise instructions.


Birgitte is passionate about guiding students into a place of stillness, whether it is through postures or meditation, conscious relaxation or yoga nidra. “Yoga can profoundly change your life. It's ultimately about going beyond the body, calming the mind, and connecting with the deepest part of your Self. It's about getting to know who you are and thereby, living more authentically in the world. It's about being kind, compassionate, and realizing the interconnectedness of all”.