“Perhaps our dreams are there to be broken, and our plans are there to crumble, and our tomorrows are there to dissolve into todays, and perhaps all of this is all a giant invitation to wake up from the dream of separation, to awaken from the mirage of control, and embrace whole-heartedly what is present. Perhaps it is all a call to compassion, to a deep embrace of this universe in all its bliss and pain and bitter-sweet glory. Perhaps we were never really in control of our lives, and perhaps we are constantly invited to remember this, since we constantly forget it. Perhaps suffering is not the enemy at all, and at its core, there is a first-hand, real-time lesson we must all learn, if we are to be truly human, and truly divine. Perhaps breakdown always contains breakthrough. Perhaps suffering is simply a right of passage, not a test or a punishment, nor a signpost to something in the future or past, but a direct pointer to the mystery of existence itself, here and now. Perhaps life cannot go ‘wrong’ at all.”
Yoga arrived in Krystal’s early adolescent years as a therapeutic supplement to her sporting endeavours. As a competitive swimmer and avid performing artist, expression through movement and breathe felt ‘home’ to her. She acknowledges today that her intuition lead her to listen to her body, knowing that it knew best what she needed. The physical aspect of ‘home-life’ was for most parts a tumultuous and traumatic experience for Krystal, so it was within the practice of Yoga and movement in general that she sought refuge. Unknowingly to her at the time, this actually enabled her to establish foundations to an internal practice that would nurture a felt sense of safety within. This was what would continue to call Krystal back to her mat and eventually deepen her quest of self enquiry and unravelling her spiritual understanding of Self.
Intuitively, she has been a practicing Karma Yogi (the Yoga of selfless action) for several years, guided by a strong internal urge to act in the service of others. This was a calling she was connected with since childhood. From early primary into her final years of high-school, she has volunteered in children’s hospitals, homes for people with disabilities and council programs such as ‘meals on wheels’. Her work continued into her adult years by supporting her father with his dental charity in The Philippines, and has also volunteered for several relief programs internationally during the event of natural disaster. Eventually, Krystal’s love of music and the arts lead her toward ‘Art Activism’ where she began working for NGO’s such as Amnesty International and her awareness became more directed towards social change and the concept of peaceful protest. Somewhere in amongst this organic flow, she started to become more aware that her need to serve was tied to a higher purpose.
Krystal was impacted by a traumatic divorce that catapulted her back toward the path of Yoga in a deeper and more devotional sense. She shares more of this in the chapter she wrote for “Resilience Through Yoga & Meditation Volume III”, but this place of “brokeness” served as somewhat of a sacred rebirth that gave rise to the wholeness that she is today. In that darkness, she awakened to the light of her Dharma (duty).
Krystal completed her 200HR Yoga teacher training in Greece as a student of Tanya Popovich, a certified Jivamukti and Anasura Yoga Acharya. She then received her 50HR Advanced Yin Yoga teaching certificate in Melbourne Australia under the tutelage of Hugh Lee and Chinese Medicine Doctor Becky Andrews. After two years of full time studio work in Melbourne and teaching overseas in Japan, she received her 100HR certification in Trauma Informed Yoga in Nepal under the guidance of Somatic Experiencing Therapists Atira Tan and Gemini Adams. Krystal then reconnected with Tanya Popovich in Bali Indonesia to assist as a teacher in her combined 200HR & 300HR Teacher Training and at the same time undertook her advanced training and graduated with her 500HR Yoga Alliance certified accreditation.