Christina is a licensed oncology cancer nurse , certified cancer patient advocate and nurse navigator with hands on clinical and personal holistic experience of 15 + years. PRacticing as a Certified cancer patient nurse navigator and patient advocate from Harold Freeman Institute. she is a Certified Yoga Educator, E-RYT, YACEP, RYS, ashtanga yoga practitioner, health wellness, juicing coach, facilitator and speaker. Member to the American College of Lifestyle Medicine, Association of Oncology Nurse Navigators and American Holistic Nurses Association.
Growing up on the beautiful island of Guam, surrounded by tropical sunshine, rainbows and the deep blue ocean waters, I find home with the island life here in Maui, Hawaii healing and therapeutic. I love the culture, people, nature, homegrown fruits, vegetables we can sustain to promote breathing life healthily. I have adopted the mindful lifestyle to adore and embrace each sunrise and sunset as a daily reminder that every day is a gift for opportunities to make a meaningful difference one breath at a time.
After facing health issues with early stage cancer at such a young age, I began to make living life a priority beginning one day at a time surrendering to a more purposeful journey to my mind, body and spirit. Cultivating change beginning with mindfulness with my diet, work, life, physical and mental practices, social and environmental influences. What brought me strength through it all was my profound and evident experience of how I felt better, healthier, energized, happier and inspired for arrival of each new day of life. my true classical yoga practice, Ashtanga Yoga complimented with integrative holistic practices of mindful diet, nutrition, lifestyle was my saving grace, my journey to a healthier transformation.
Since then, my well-being was not only transformed but also my outlook on life’s purpose enriched with contentment. I invested my time in deeper study of these practices, gaining knowledge of the holistic way of living. Beginning with understanding its philosophy, benefits, lifestyle, application and therapeutic benefits for the purpose of a healing transformation.
When i’m not on the yoga mat practicing or teaching , my dharma (my calling-passion) as a cancer patient advocate and navigator and health and wellness advocate / coach brings me to a light of joy, purpose and service for opportunities to share, give back through teaching and mentoring new, established, experienced yoga practitioners, students , patients, survivors, teachers, professional and beautiful souls of all walks of life in exploring living well through the these integrative holistice practices of Yoga, Breath, Meditation, Mindful lifestyle, Diet, Nutrition, juicing , Health & Wellness.
The effect of the Choices of what we Nourish our Mind, Body and Spirit is vital. The perfect compliment to my oncology nursing practice is this therapeutic yoga practices and mindful lifestyle. This has become a precious facet of my life. And a lifetime gift I offer to many lives that I meet along the way each day.
Yoga practice is a beautiful addition to a healthy lifestyle. The power of breathing is profound.
I am in love with my Ashtanga Yoga Practice for its gifts which poured into my life
We have a chance every day to rise, shine, and appreciate every breath of life. The choice is up to us - we are accountable. My belief is that our greatest health insurance is to take care of ourselves mentally, physically and spiritually as this is the body and mind we live in today.
To propagate the practice that changed my life, I founded Shala Santosha Yoga & Wellness. I offer my dharma and seva to a growing sangha in Maui, Hawaii and to my extended sangha globally.
I passionately enjoy donating my time to sharing this way of living and practice with at risk and under served populations.
My love for giving back, sharing, advocating, teaching has evolved to offering these practices for Health & wellness programs, workshops, apprenticeship for aspiring teachers, therapeutic yoga for special conditions, private yoga for self growth and development , retreats for transformations, and organizing integration of Yoga, Breath, Meditation, Mindful Living as health and wellness program to medical facilities to keep their team of health community workers healthy.
Each year, I am forever grateful to have the opportunity to invest my time to continued education with my Oncology Nursing, Health & Wellness Coaching and my Yoga practice of Ashtanga. I have the greatest respect and gratitude to my teachers Manju Jois, Nancy Gilgoff, David Swenson, David Williams, Ken Harukuma, Tim Miller, Richard Freeman, Jo Ichihara, Jack Fisher for instilling in me the true meaning and purpose of the practice. Peace, Love, Gratitude, Om Shanti' Namaste.