Blake and Kristine Allen have been supporting people who are on a path to thriving physically, emotionally and spiritually for over 2 decades. They are both Trainers and Facilitators of Transformational Breath®, massage therapists and Workshop Leaders. To support others in unfolding the truth of who they are Kristine and Blake have opened the Be Free Center bfreecenter.com/ and facilitate workshops in Transformational Breath®, Oneness, Kundalini Yoga and Personal Growth.
Kristine Allen is a KRI Certified Kundalini Yoga Teacher and has been practicing yoga for 25 years. Kristine brings a peaceful fun-loving energy to each yoga class, encouraging students to connect inside and feel. She uses her extensive knowledge of Breath in her yoga classes. Breath is the ultimate transformer. It is always with us and is our connection to spirit. In many languages the word for breath and the word for spirit are the same.
Kristine Allen received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Biomedical Engineering from Cal Poly Pomona in 1985. This provided a beautiful foundation and comprehensive knowledge of the body for both her yoga practice and her massage practice. She brings this knowledge to class to compassionately support her students when moving into poses.
When Kristine was in her late teens she developed a severe heart condition that motivated her to delve deep into the mystery of how we heal. As she struggled with the debilitating symptoms and limitations imposed on her from this disease her compassion for others who suffer grew exponentially. Her journey began with a few heart palpations and fatigue and developed into debilitating arrhythmias and radical swings in heart beats per minute leading to gray outs and weakness. As her symptoms progressed she felt more and more isolated in part because medical science had not yet developed the diagnostic tools to adequately diagnose her. The stereotype behind an undiagnosed illness is in and of itself a shaming process. The assumption is that one is either crazy, looking for attention or with significant mental problems. When they did finally use appropriate diagnostic tools, she was hospitalized in intensive care for several days. The protocol to treat her disease was to use many drugs and restricting activities to control her episodes. With this followed depression, isolation and frustration. This was exacerbated by many of the drugs she had to take having side effects of depression. The medical prognosis, with restricted activities and not to have children, was daunting for her. This limited future inspired Kristine’s drive to find another way to heal, thus beginning her inward search.
Since this was before the internet, she would travel around the Los Angeles basin (where she was attending college) to both UCLA medical library and to the few metaphysical bookstores to gather information. During one visit to a metaphysical bookstore a book on yoga jumped out at her and she began exploring this ancient science.
When Kristine Allen moved to Bellingham in the early 90’s she started practicing Kripalu Yoga and Holotropic Breathwork. This combination of practices opened her profoundly and vast healing shifts unfolded. She worked with meditation, breathwork, yoga and naturopathic support to heal her body, mind, emotions and spirit. After many years of taking medication and limiting her activity she felt strong enough to begin weaning herself off the medications that dampened her spirit and limited her love of running and hiking. As she began to exercise again she had to learn to deeply listen to her body instead of using the mind to push herself. If she tried the old way of pushing through she would suffer for days with severe symptoms. In this way her body taught her how to go slow and in time build her stamina. She had to begin with 10 strides of running and then walking 100 strides until she could run a half mile then increase the distance. A dear friend who was also beginning to run suggested they train to do a half marathon. She saw this as an opportunity to acknowledge how her body had healed and decided to run a marathon. In 2003 Kristine Allen completed her first marathon. This achievement symbolized to her the healing of her body, mind and spirit. To this day she enjoys hiking, running swimming and yoga.
Join Blake and Kristine Allen in their Transformational Breath Classes and Kristine in her Kundalini Yoga Classes and discover your inner peace, flexibility and strength of body and spirit. You will come away feeling balanced, peaceful, rejuvenated and more present in the moment.