As a dancer, Kristen was always engrossed by the beauty of movement. Though it wasn’t until her first yoga class twenty years ago that she realized the importance of the mind-body connection. She has since dedicated her life to guiding others in exploring the relationship between the mind, body, and Spirit.
Kristen’s yoga studies formerly began at the Aum Home Shala in Coconut Grove. There she focused mainly on the Hatha and Ashtanga traditions, earning her a 200-hour Yoga Certification through Yoga Alliance. To further her meditation studies, Kristen completed a course in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) through Mindful Miami. She is also an ambassador for the internationally recognized Rainbow Yoga and has completed their Kids Yoga Teacher Training. In addition, she’s earned a certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition from eCornell, under the direction of Dr. T. Colin Campbell.
In October of 2016, Kristen spent five days with celebrated teachers Seane Corn, Hala Khouri, and Suzanne Sterling in Atlanta, GA, as part of Off The Mat Into The World’s “Yoga, Purpose, And Action Leadership Intensive”. This training marked a pivotal turning point in how she relates to her own life of practice, as well as how she empowers others to become leaders of their own lives and agents of change in the world.
Tarot was a practice she played with as a child, but hadn’t seen as a path to soul-evolution until, as an adult, the cards found her again. The practice is now a way for Kristen to connect with her subconscious, and God. In 2019, she took her studies further under the tutelage of renown tarot educator Lindsey Mack. The cards are known to make an appearance during our Wild Wonder vacations.
Kristen holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Mass Communications and Journalism and a Master’s of Music in Performing Arts Management from Florida International University. As a journalist, Kristen contributes to all Wild Wonder publications, while she also enjoys writing fantasy fiction. Other interests include travel, reading, and dancing her heart out.
Kristen currently resides in Miami, Florida.
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In 2005, Alessandro’s spiritual journey began in ernest, igninted by a book from the renowned Indian spiritual master Osho. The concept of ‘life as play’ was a revolutionary idea for him. Through meditation he began to be aware that life could be different. He has since been exploring the mysteries of the soul, brain, and body.
Alessandro credits meditation, in addition to, yoga, martial arts, anatomy, and Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP), in further unleashing the power of his mind and healing the body from sports injuries and accidents. His teachers include: Terry Shukra (meditation), Shifu Liu Peng and Sara Kremer (King Fu and Tai Chi), Manju Jois (yoga) , David Swenson (yoga), Mark Stephens (yoga), Tod Willis (yoga), Maria Filippone (yoga), Mark Drost (yoga), Zefea Sanson (yoga), Bernie Clark (yoga), Zen Monk Soho (reiki and bodywork), Vincenzo Fanelli (NLP), Richard Bandler (NLP), and Lorraine Meyer (reiki and akashic records).
Since 2014, Alessandro is dedicated full-time to his holistic work. He is an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher through Yoga Alliance, and is a YA Continuous Education Provider. Over the years, he’s studied over 1000 hours of yoga philosophy, pedagogy, and practicum, specializing in Hatha, Vinyasa, and Yin. Alessandro has taught in nearly twenty yoga teacher training programs throughout the United States, Europe, Asia, Central American, and Africa. He’s also led specialized workshops worldwide. Alessandro is a certified Usui Reiki Level II practitioner, a Thai-Zen Bodyworker and he is currently completing NLP Practitioner and Akashic Records programs. He has also studied at the Osho Multiversity ashram for three weeks in Pune, India.
His passions also include traveling and writing. These interests have culminated in the co-creation of the Wild Wonder Platform and the publication of his first fiction novel, entitled “Desert”. Alessandro is also working on a self-transformation guide for the body, mind, and spirit based on his fifteen years of experience and study.
Alessandro holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Literature & Humanities and a postgraduate degree with distinction in Comparative Literature from the University of Turin, Italy. He was also awarded an Erasmus Scholarship at the University of Glasgow in Scotland, where he studied under the Faculty of Arts in 2004.
To learn more about Alessandro, visit alessandrogiovinazzo.com.