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About This Blog

I’m an avid yoga student and fitness enthusiast, as well as a yoga and fitness teacher. In my spare time, I’m also a child psychologist. This website is designed to be a place for me to provide updates about my teaching schedule as well as fun tips for yoga and working out. Maybe I’ll even throw in some mindfulness/psychology stuff to round it out, just for kicks :)

About K.O. Yoga

The K.O. in K.O. yoga is for my initials (Kristin Olson). Also, the idea is that if you stay active with yoga and fitness, you’ll be a knock out (or KO for those of you not down with the boxing lingo). :)

About Kristin Olson

I was born and grew up in West Los Angeles, CA. I grew up active and athletic and always loved physical challenges. I hated being told I couldn’t do something because I was a girl. I played soccer and did gymnastics through middle school, and I swam competitively from the time I was six through college at Amherst College in Massachussetts.

After college, while living in Washington, DC, I was looking for a new form of exercise to keep my attention. I originally came to yoga hoping to heal a nagging knee injury I’d had since high school. I remember thinking I would never like yoga because it would be too slow and boring. After dabbling with different styles and teachers, I found myself enjoying yoga and noticed it was much more physically challenging than I’d though it would be. When I started graduate school for my doctorate in clinical psychology in 2003, I began to study yoga more seriously. Not only did I crave the physical challenge, but I found it helped my regulate my stress and emotions during those difficult years. Soon it became an integral part of my life.

In 2005, I began my 200 hour teacher training program at Flow Yoga Center in Washington, DC in order to deepen my practice and knowledge of yoga. Shortly after, I began to teach at Flow and at Third Power Fitness, a boxing gym in DC. I taught both yoga classes as well as a fitness class called Flow Fit that was a combination of yoga, pilates, cardio and strength-training.

In 2008, I moved to Oxnard, CA for my internship, the last part of my doctoral program. While working as a therapist with severely emotionally disturbed youth at Casa Pacifica Centers for Children and Families, I also taught an intermediate yoga class at Zanzilla Yoga in Ventura, CA. I (finally) moved back to Los Angeles in August 2009 to begin my post-doctorate fellowship at UCLA TIES for Families, where I worked with children who had been or were in the process of being adopted out of foster care.  Since moving to Los Angeles, I have worked as a substitute teacher at Yogis Anonymous. I adore the yoga community and wealth of amazing yoga teachers in the Los Angeles area. The weather is amazing and an inspiration to find ways to be active outside. In addition, I have an adorable dog, Tansy, who reminds me the importance of staying present every day. :)

Me and Tansy at the beach

6 Responses to “About”

  1. chris armas February 24, 2011 at 10:52 am #

    Great site KO!!!

    • K.O. Yoga February 24, 2011 at 11:31 am #

      Thanks Chris! I’m glad to know someone reads it lol :)

  2. Victoria June 26, 2011 at 9:08 am #

    came across your site doing a search for tripod headstand images on Google! Very nice! had to borrow for Facebook…a work in progress for me and looking forward to conquering that pose as gracefully as your photo looks ;o)

    • K.O. Yoga June 26, 2011 at 1:05 pm #

      Thanks Victoria! :) Good luck!

      • Victoria August 4, 2011 at 9:54 pm #

        I conquered the tripod headstand ;o) now i just need to master it!! Oh and working on handstands…definitely challenging but super fun!

        BTW I will be in LA soon, any recommendations for yoga sessions on a beach somewhere???

      • K.O. Yoga August 11, 2011 at 9:41 pm #

        I love handstands! They’re a constant practice :)

        I think Exhale yoga is doing a surf/yoga series on Sunday mornings. http://www.exhalespa.com.

        Love yoga? Love surfing? OR always wanted to LEARN to surf??? Well, now is the time to learn and combine your two passions with exhale’s + aqua surf’s Second Annual yoga surf camp! Join us each week for outdoor yoga sessions led by exhale’s elite teachers. Classes will help awaken your mind, body, and spirit and prepare you for the surf! The class with then be broken into groups based on level and you with hit the beach. Aquasurf instructors will be there for you everystep of the way! Ride the wave of SUMMER FUN with sun, surf, + sand!

        INCLUDES:
        - 3hour Yoga AND Surf experience
        -includes 1.5hour yoga class with world renowned exhale yoga teachers
        - 1.5 hours of surfing with aqua surf teachers
        - includes ALL equipment ~ wetsuit + surfboard
        - surf instruction on donation ~ so bring a little cash to tip your awesome teachers)
        - OPEN TO ALL LEVELS OF SURFERS!
        - EVERY SUNDAY THRU LABOR DAY!

        July 10th~ John Sahakian

        Where: Ocean park + the Ocean Students will meet on the grass at 8am for yoga.
        cost: $50; $40 if you sign up for Multiple sessions

        You can always check out Meetup.com too :) Enjoy!!!

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