The asana aspect of Yoga was introduced in Krystal’s early adolescent years as a therapeutic supplement to her sporting commitments. As a competitive swimmer, and equally passionate in the performing arts- she found solace in expressing herself through movement and moreover, surrendering to the mysterious power of synchronising movement with breathe. Today she states that her intuition and inner compass that yearned for a sense of ease guided her to take pause and connect with her body often. In cultivating this relationship with her felt senses that resides in the body, she was able to create a safe space within and connect with the knowing/body wisdom that her vehicle and especially, her heart needed to harmonise with the natural order of all things.
Purification and healing have played consistent points of focus throughout Krystal’s journey. She recalls ‘home-life’ growing up as emotionally tumultuous and a culmination of traumatic experiences.
“I cannot be more grateful to have gained such an understanding of the breathe’s power and love so early in my life when I started my swimming journey. My home always felt conflicted and for most parts unsafe, but I also remember how excited I’d feel about attending school and all the outlets I had there. Blessed to say that I had so many great outlets that I found so much joy in. The arts in all its expressions set something alight inside of me, but nothing more than dancing and movement theatre!
Then I found Yoga.”
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 disaster relief programs internationally. 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.