Abby Kraai received her initial 200-hr yoga training from Yoga Tree in San Francisco, CA, completed her 500-hr with Jason Crandell, and holds an MS Ed in Inclusive Adolescence Education. She has studied a rich blend of styles including Vinyasa, Hatha, Iyengar, Meditation, Yoga for Scoliosis, Trauma-Informed Yoga, Kids Yoga, and Yoga for Athletes.
Abby first came to the mat as a teenager, when she was diagnosed with a severe case of scoliosis. When back braces, chiropractors, and yoga were not enough, she received corrective surgery in 2002; two stainless steel rods, twenty-two screws, and eleven fused vertebrae later, Abby found new meaning in the word flexibility, and a refreshed appreciation for the miraculous nature of the human body. She took up distance running, cycling, and Ultimate Frisbee, and soon found herself pulled back to yoga. Through a balance of Vinyasa, Restorative, and Meditation practices, she built a stronger connection between her breath, body and mind – this connection followed her out of the studio and onto the Frisbee field, the race course, and into her daily life.
In every class that she teaches, Abby hopes to inspire her students to appreciate their bodies, stretch their limits, and never to take themselves too seriously. Abby’s other interests include Ultimate Frisbee, distance running, cycling, improv comedy, cooking, and hanging out with her adorable dog, Wanda.
Trainings & Certifications
500-hour YTT with Jason Crandell – Love Story Yoga, San Francisco, CA (2017-2018)
Infusing Your Teaching with a Trauma Informed Lens with Molly Boeder Harris – The People’s Yoga, Portland, OR (2017)
Ignite Your Practice. Inspire Your Teaching. with Jason Crandell – Yoga Pearl, Portland, OR (2015)
Gravity & Grace with Peter Sterios – The Yoga Space, Portland, OR (2014)
The Fiery Furnace Asana Immersion – The Bhaktishop, Portland, OR (2014)
Yoga & Fitness – Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health, Stockbridge, MA (2014)
MS Ed: Inclusive Adolescence Education – Nazareth College, Rochester, NY (2014)
200-hour YTT with Darren Main, Dina Amsterdam, et al. – Yoga Tree, San Francisco, CA (2012)