Christine Stump

Christine Stump, RYT, has practiced yoga for 14 years, meditation for 25 and taught for 6, and now specializes in creating and supporting home practice for dedicated yogis. Home practice is by far the most effective way to engage the transformation of yoga, and joining the depth of daily, self-directed practice with regular consultation from Christine as a seasoned teacher helps her students sustain and integrate the revelations of home practice throughout their lives.

Having studied multiple styles of yoga, Christine now teaches Hatha yoga with a meditative focus. Individualization of the practice is the key to rapid and systemic results, more than adherence to any system, and the study of multiple traditions of both yoga and meditation informs all of her teaching.  Private sessions are conducted in person at the student’s practice space to fully access sense memory and can be skillfully conducted by video conferencing.

Christine designed and taught a ground breaking experimental yoga class which demonstrated health benefits beyond what had been predicted for a 12 week series of twice weekly, 90 minute basic yoga classes. Her upcoming ebook on home practice draws from these classes and teaches you how to build your practice from the ground up.

Christine shares information about the transformative practices of yoga and meditation with wild abandon. Learn more about yoga practice at, and about integrating an array of transformative practices into your life at

Content Posted by Christine Stump

Yoga For Children

Yoga for children is a constructive, creative way to engage your child in breathing practices and physical activity that can yield benefits in many areas of development, as well as being a fun family activity.

Yoga For Men

Yoga is a system of postures which are combined in customizable series for specific purposes. Yoga is similar to weightlifting: you choose your goal - strength vs. endurance, size vs. definition; your target - chest, back, arms, legs, abs. Then you design a series. In weight lifting you can choose from supersets or straight sets, maxing out or high reps. You can include cardio by jumping rope between sets, focus on functional training or use free weights.

Yoga For Woman

Yoga hasn’t always been a woman’s domain, but according to a 2008 Yoga Journal study, 77% of American yoga students are female, and overwhelming they report their motivation is mental and physical fitness. What does yoga have to offer specifically for women?

Partner Yoga

Partner yoga incorporates complementary yoga poses done by two people whose poses support opening and relaxation in one another’s poses. You might run into parter poses during a regular yoga class when your teacher asks you to partner up, or you might attend an all Partner Yoga class. Acro-yoga takes Partner Yoga to new heights - quite literally sometimes! You can play with Partner Yoga at home, finding new and fun complementary poses with your kids, spouse and friends.

Getting Your Yoga Instructor Certification

The classic answer to the question of when you’re ready to teach is when people begin asking you to. This comes from the “teachers are chosen, they do not self-select” school of thought. The wisdom in this philosophy becomes apparent if you reflect on whether you’d rather learn from someone who has to tell you they have something teach you, or from someone who demonstrates their gifts naturally in such a way that you are drawn to seek what they possess. While I’m usually all about empowerment and self-determination, I think that when it comes to teaching the self-determination comes in practice and empowerment comes with dedication. You’ll be a more successful teacher if you embody your teaching so completely that people seek to know your secret.

Tips on Teaching Your First Class

You’ve been practicing daily and attending your teacher training class. Teaching your first class will probably happen while you are in training, and you’ll teach to the other trainees. This is a golden opportunity, though it’s more than understandable if you experience some anxiety contemplating your first solo yoga class. There are a few principles and one or two tips that can help this be the exciting, expanding, foundational experience you hope it will be.

Designing Your Own Yoga Routines

Whether you’re designing a sequence for your own home practice or to teach to a class, there are some universal principles that will ensure a safe, inspired and balanced class. Applied with your passion and inspiration, these principles will help you create an endless variety of blissed out yoga journeys for your students and your own practice.

Yoga Associations for Support

With the explosion of interest in yoga has come a greater tendency to organize and create forums for teaching, sharing and discussion and sometimes to setting standards and principles for the field.  While none of these organizations is mandatory as of this writing, there is a growing movement to standardize the qualifications and training to become a yoga teacher. While there are considerations on either side of the debate about whether to legislate what it means to be a yoga teacher, the organizations that have grown organically from the community of teachers can be an invaluable resource in finding kindred spirits, sources of advice and wisdom and the resources you’ll need to dot your “i’s” and cross your “t’s.”

Hosting a Yoga Retreat

What would it be like to teach a small group of dedicated students, integrating a range of practices and going into depth not afforded by your usual hour long classes? Sounds like yoga teacher heaven, right? You can create just such an experience by holding your first yoga retreat. Organizing and leading your first retreat requires and fosters a deepening of your teaching practice as well as your top notch hosting and concierge skills. 

What Does It Mean To Be Carbon-Neutral

You’ve heard of carbon offsets and credits, but haven’t known in detail what it means or what it has to do with you, much less what it has to do with yoga. Once you’ve practiced yoga long enough, connected to your breath and experienced first hand how intimately your breath, the air around you and your environment are connected you realize that the phrase “We’re all one” is more than a cute thing people say at far out parties.