Kristine is one of those people who has been through a lot but has managed to pull herself out and up.
After two bad accidents left her with neck injuries and a state of constant pain – both physical and emotional – she decided to turn to chinese medicine, and in particular acupuncture, to try to manage it.
“I had like 15 years of chronic pain, everyday pain, headaches, lower back pain, neck stiffness, shoulder aches, constipation. When you have those physical imbalances of course it affects the mind; so I experienced anxiety, I couldn’t walk out the door, I experienced easier stress and easier crying”
Yin yoga is based on the Taoist concept of yin and yang, opposite and complementary principles in nature. Yin is the stable, unmoving, hidden aspect of things; yang is the changing, moving, revealing aspect. In the body, the relatively stiff connective tissues (tendons, ligaments, fascia) are yin, while the more mobile and pliable muscles and blood are yang.
A Yin yoga class usually consists of a series of long-held, passive floor poses that mainly work the lower part of the body – the hips, pelvis, inner thighs, lower spine. These areas are especially rich in connective tissues. The poses are held for up to five minutes but sometimes even longer.
Kristine says she read about Yin Yoga and found out that there was a respected teacher in Singapore, called Victor Chng, who trained people to teach it.
Timely enough her boyfriend had to move to the Philippines for work, making it easy for her to attend the lessons.
“I joined his [Victor Chang] course in Singapore and all my physical pain went away! Then I went back to Denmark and I got him to come over and teach. Since 2011 I’ve seen him like 21 times, joined him in Bhutan, visited him in Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia. He now comes to Denmark quite often doing trainings. And I keep going back to study more because you’re never finished as a teacher.”
She explains how the Yin Yang balance determines our physical and mental health and how the practice of Yin Yoga is so beneficial, it is almost crucial to wellbeing.
“When we’re in the [Yin Yoga] poses that’s when we’re targeting each meridian, the fascia, the Qi [pronounced: Chi]. We need this Qi, this energy, to rise and flow, so we can dissolve blockages and stagnations and so many people come to me with these. I love having these stiff men doing iron man, marathon, playing tennis, playing golf, they ache around the knees, hips and elbows. And after the classes they’re like “Wow! I really feel myself getting better!” And they come back because they feel this space. Or the women that come to me and say “Oh my nervous system is tense, I’m nervous, I’m worried, I have a lot of anxiety for my kids and then they sit and suddenly they get this strength and they come back because they feel the change. Their husbands tell them “Wow! You’re more fun! You’re happy again and the kids feel it.” And that’s what it’s all about! So I like to say that it’s for everybody.”
ON MORINGA AND FEELING BETTER THAN EVER AT (almost) 45
“I’ve taken moringa since I was living in the Philippines back in 2011, I had moringa in my balcony, I was drinking moringa tea daily, I did a three day moringa detox in El Nido with a yoga teacher there. Adding it to my diet and my practice made me live differently. I’m turning 45 now, and two weeks ago my parents said wow you look the best you’ve ever done! And I’m aware of that, I look in the mirror and go ‘Wow Kristine! Compared to ten years ago!’ The detox I did with moringa was based on a smoothie made with coconut water, one banana and lots of moringa leaves plus I would also drink warm moringa tea. I would have these 3 to 4 times a day. It can be tough but if you work on your [Yin Yoga] poses as well then you get the support you need.”
If you wish to join one of Kristine’s daily classes you can visit www.drivkraftkbh.dk or check the website/download the app Yogavivo ( to practice from the comfort of your home.