This week's Feature Teacher ... Kristan Marden


Tell us about yourself and what brought you to the North Shore?
I grew up in Marblehead and moved back after getting married.  My husband and I were both working in Boston and the Northshore felt like the perfect place to settle and to start a family.  At the time, I was working in Boston as a Corporate Wellness Specialist and loved teaching about the benefits of exercise and living a balanced life.  

What brought you to yoga?
In 2001, I had my third child. Three children under the age of 4 brought me to yoga ☺.  I had studied and worked in the fitness industry for many years but nothing had prepared me for the emotional and physical changes I would experience as a mom.  Yoga helped me stay fit and to find “bliss”.
My yoga mat became my sanctuary, if only for 90 minutes each day, I knew that no matter how crazy
life might become, I could find balance.  Eventually those 90-minute classes expanded into a lifestyle
and a mindful and balanced way of living  ... 
one breathe at a time.

Why did you want to become a yoga teacher?
My passion for yoga became my calling, my dharma: “that thing that you do, after your day job, in your free time, too early in the morning, too late at night.  That thing you read about, write about, think about all the time.  That thing you do when you’re all alone and there’s no one to impress, nothing to prove, no money to be made, simply a passion to pursue.  That’s it! That’s your thing. That’s your heart, your guide.  That’s the thing you must, must do.” 

Yoga is my “thing”, and I want nothing more than to pass that passion on to my students.  

Who are the people for whom you are grateful? 
I am most grateful for family. Family and yoga have always felt very connected to me.  A supportive husband and our vibrant and inspiring children bring out the best in me.  

Share something fun about you?
My favorite place is Brewster on Cape Cod and passing over the Happy Bridge (the Sagamore Bridge) to get there. 
I love ski season and long, snowy hikes with my dog, Koda, in the woods of New Hampshire.  
I played Division 1 tennis in College.  
I love Sci-Fi movies and I am a computer geek ☺.

Share a quotation and/or message that inspires you?
"When you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all your thoughts break their bounds. Your mind transcends limitations, your conscious expands in every direction and you find yourself in a new, great, and wonderful world. Dormant forces, faculties and talents become alive and you discover yourself to be a greater person by far than you ever dreamed yourself to be."  ~ Patanjali

When do you teach at Solstice?
I teach at Solstice Power Yoga Wednesdays,
12 noon -1:00pm and Fridays, 9:15-10:45am. 
As a teacher, I favor a vigorous practice
with a strong emphasis on both breath and mindful movementproviding a balanced mind/body
My intention as a teacher is to challenge students to work past limiting beliefs and habits and at the same time create a peaceful, serene atmosphere in the studio, allowing each student to cultivate physical strength, along with emotional balance and clarity.
I hope to inspire courage, grace and a desire to live wholeheartedly on and off the mat.