About kendra

In 5-Element philosophy the element of fire is known as the magician because it transforms everything it touches. There is something so empowering about taking what you have and turning it into something new. It is not the “new thing” that is liberating, but the knowing that our greatest obstacles and most difficult circumstances can be the fuel for creating what we want in our lives.  In her classes we go behind the scenes, where the real work happens, and transform our prior knowledge, challenges and limitations into strength and freedom.

Kendra finds meaning and purpose through living and working as a teacher, in particular, teaching with the body as a medium for learning about oneself. 

Her group classes primarily focus on Foundation Training. She also works one-on-one with students to build a practice unique to their needs and she is a Shiatsu Practitioner. She studied a very traditional style of yoga called Iyengar Yoga, and taught for over 15 years, but through multiple injuries and yearning to learn more she began to study Shiatsu, Shadow Yoga, Foundation Training, Breath Work, Internal Martial Arts, Functional Range Conditioning, foundational gymnastics, movement patterns from the Movement Culture — specifically the work of Ido Portal, therapeutic work with muscle and connective tissue, meditation, Non-Violent Communication, and the work of Byron Katie. Her teaching and her practice are highly influenced by these practices!

She teaches alignment, strength within mobility, grace, technique, and experiential understanding of the anatomy and emotions within the body.

Her Background

She has had enormous benefit from the practices of:

  • Foundation Training
  • Effiji Breath-work
  • Shiatsu and 5-Element Philosophy from Chinese Medicine
  • Therapeutics with Muscle and Connective Tissue work
  • Yoga and Yoga Philosophy
  • Functional Range Conditioning
  • Foundational Gymnastics
  • Movement practices from the Movement Culture
  • Internal Martial Arts
  • “The Work” of Byron Katie

These practices have given her incredible resilience and recovery with depression, anxiety, fatigue, and multiple serious injuries over the years. Through these practices and a handful of fabulous mentors and teachers, her relationship to and understanding of emotional and physical pain has completely transformed and her teaching is highly influenced by the knowledge and skill she has gained from working through these experiences.  


  • Foundation Training classes
  • One-on-one movement lessons
  • Therapeutic movement practices
  • Shiatsu treatments
  • 5 element consultations


​She brings Yoga Philosophy, Chinese 5-Element philosophy, Buddhist Philosophy and inquiry into class; creating the ability to be present, see patterns that cause pain, learn from them, and use them to create emotional and physical freedom.

She gives demonstrations of the postures and movement patterns; using her body to demonstrate what to do and what not to do and why. She also uses her words to create imagery that clarifies what she is teaching.

She uses her voice in creative ways. Her direction begins with instruction; what to do, what not to do, and why. She is theatrical, plays different characters, tells stories, sings, plays instruments, and repetitively weaves her instructions through class so students learn to apply one instruction in many different places and ways.

She often uses hands-on touch to communicate about the internal experience of an instruction. Her students often have “Aha!” moments from these!

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