Get to know LO's Krista Mason! Krista teaches Weds 8am Gentle Hatha & 9:30 Open Yoga, Thursday 12:30pm Energetic Flow, and some Tues/Thurs in our Barefoot Bootcamp @6:15am.
I began my yoga journey with a Shiva Rea DVD in my living room while my baby boys napped….I take that back. I began my yoga journey when I used my breath to get through the birth of both my boys……I just didn’t realize, at the time, that I was doing yoga. What drew me to the practice was the connection of breath with movement of the body, the deep emphasis on breathing in the fullness of life and on allowing the breath to be the cornerstone of movement.
Grace has never been a strong point of mine, and I am downright laughable when I dance (it doesn’t stop me from dancing though!), but yoga made me feel graceful, beautiful, fluid in spite of myself. It allowed me to move and connect with my body and with my surroundings in a way that I hadn’t done before.
I wish I could say from that very first Shiva Rea DVD in 2006 I have had a faithful practice, but I cannot. Life would get in the way, kiddos and work would get in the way. Although I did not have a faithful practice, I always loved when I was able to get on my mat.
I had an on and off practice until 2012, when I decided to go to my first training with Yoga Fit. After that I started teaching at gyms and fell in love with both practicing and teaching yoga. In 2013 I was able to take my 200 hour RYT with Ashley Litecky and Sky House Yoga in Silver Spring where I received a wealth of knowledge from my teachers.
I love to teach many kinds of yoga. I teach Hatha, Yin, gentle, vinyasa, post-natal with babies, kids yoga and yoga hikes and I love them all, although I especially love the gentle classes. I have a great affinity for giving assists that allow students to relax even a little further into their practice and to find a little more rejuvenation in their day.
When I am not teaching, I adore adventures with my husband, our two boys, and our dog Shelley. I crave backpacking, hiking and just being out in the wilderness, I love to go canoeing and swimming in any body of water I can find, and I have a deep and abiding love for riding my bike both with my family and by myself, for cross country skiing whenever there is enough snow on the ground. I have an affinity for getting lost when I don’t have anywhere to be and I also have a tendency to jump off any cliff I can find, which, I recognize, is probably not the smartest decision. I am a wanderer at heart with a deep love for travel and adventure and a great desire for any and every road trip. Concerts are just about my favorite thing in the world and I also love to cook and bake anything and everything with a penchant for finding new and exciting recipes to try out…..so long as I have time for it.
I was drawn to Lil Omm because this place is uniquely focused on kids, families, and doing what is best for the family. This place has such a beautiful atmosphere of acceptance and inclusion that is also unique in this area. I feel at home when I am at Lil Omm. I feel loved and accepted, and, in this place, Washington DC, where who you are and what you do sometimes feels overwhelmingly important, the feeling of love and acceptance often feels like a unique experience, one that Lil Omm does so well.