"Imagine your cells as
billions of stars sparkling inside you."

-The afterlife of Billy Fingers

I have been teaching yoga since 2004. To me yoga is everything, it's like my
religion. It is the foundation of what my life is built upon. It has been the stepping stone
towards the path of all the good things that I have been blessed with. It has given me
the clarity and honesty to see myself for who I truly am and what I am capable of and in
that knowledge a new world starts to unfold where anything seems possible. All of
those gifts have been returned to me thousands of times since I've become a teacher. I
know that when I am teaching I am my most compassionate, most selfless self; it truly is
when I am the happiest.

I'm partial to hot yoga but I believe there is a yoga out there for everyone and to find
the one that works for you is to give yourself the best gift; that if you let it, it will improve
every facet of your life not to mention the lives of all of the people you come in contact
with. I know from my own experiences as a student that a big part of ones class
experience is the teacher, and I strive with every class and with every student to make
connections, to make them all feel challenged and included as part of the group energy.
I love that about yoga, the synergy of it. It's such an individual experience, each person
on their own mat, in their own body and mind but also a part of the group ... and each
person's individual experience of the class contributing to the group energy. As a teacher
you are at the helm of that energetic experience, its is a fantastic and humbling responsibility.


© 2017 Kristen Boze, Puravidaacupunctureandyoga.com


Yoga Bio - Pura Vida Acupuncture and Yoga in Portland, Maine

Kristen Boze offers Acupuncture, Oriental Medicine, Yoga in Portland, Maine

© 2017 Kristen Boze, Puravidaacupunctureandyoga.com


"Music puts wings on the human spirit."                      - Frank Sinatra

I have been in love with music for as long as I can remember.  It brings me great joy, that through and acupuncture and yoga; I am able to utilize my love of music as a way to connect with my patients and students. 

Music is incredible in it's ability to awaken the senses, inspire the soul and quiet the mind.  It's a common opinion that music is distracting in a yoga practice, and while I  appreciate and understand the value of silence; I also find music to be incredibly therapeutic.  The problem I find, is that silence, in a yoga practice, can be incredibly loud.  In the vast space that silence creates, our minds wander wildly, leaving very few moments to be spent in the present.  Music holds your attention, which allows for a cerebral experience of the present moment; one that has the ability to affect real and lasting change.  It is this kind of experience that ultimately leads to healing of physical, mental and emotional dis-ease. The immense capacity of our minds is a blessing and a curse.  They hold so much about the past and the future, distracting us away from the moment that truly matters.

Our senses connect us to the outside world, and when combined with a practice of mindfulness, they provide a bridge between our mind and physical body. Understanding how the stimuli of the world around us affects shifts in the energy within us, is a powerful way to learn about ourselves. That kind of understanding is the only way to truly be able to take control of your health ... your life.

Music, unique in it's ability to create a cathartic release, can bring about a shift in emotional energy unlike any yoga class or acupuncture needle.  The ability to let go, to emote, to be vulnerable, to release the emotions you have been holding onto; is essential to the ability to heal physically. Both acupuncture and a yoga work to unblock stuck energy. Music can encourage the physical purging of the energy that is released. Holding onto emotional pain will  keep you sick, and releasing it assists in your ability to heal. It all comes back to energy.  Where it is stuck, we need to move it, and what doesn't serve you, needs to be released. We are energy, music is energy.  I believe that music is medicine.

© 2017 Kristen Boze, Puravidaacupunctureandyoga.com