Kristin Cooper, ERYT500

The Founder of the Kunga Yoga Teacher Training School and Founder of Wilmington Yoga Center is Kristin Cooper, ERYT500. Kristin leads some of the 200 & 500 hour programs, along with a group of highly experienced Kunga Yoga Faculty members. Kristin is also the creator of Rhythmic Flow Yoga w/the Kunga Drummers and Founder of Kunga Journeys orphanage volunteer service retreats in developing countries. Rhythmic Flow and Kunga Journeys are led by Kristin and her percussionist husband, Loren Gulak.

Kristin’s teaching background includes teaching full time since 1999 and training over one thousand yoga teachers nationally and internationally since 2003. She has worked with children, seniors, and students living with cancer and HIV, and is a member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT). Kristin has worked privately with celebrity clients Katie Holmes, Ashley Judd and Cheryl Hines, as well as corporate executives and college athletes. At the beginning of her teaching career she traveled for several years as a teacher as an assistant trainer and percussionist for Shiva Rea, serving as a teaching mentor for Shiva’s Prana Flow 500hr Teacher Training. Kristin is also a guest presenter for various teacher trainings in the U.S. and has presented at the Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health. Kristin has contributed to various publications, and her interviews and writings have been featured in Yoga Journal, Huffington Post, and Live South. Kristin was the 2013 recipient of the YWCA Woman of Achievement Award for her social entrepreneurship work with orphaned girls in developing countries.

She began her studies in 1996 and her training background includes several trips to India and Thailand, with ongoing study in Thai Yoga Massage in the Lek Chaiya tradition. Her training also includes ongoing studies in the fields of Ayurveda, yoga, percussion, vegan living and macrobiotics at the Kushi Institute. She has enjoyed the benefits of a vegan diet and lifestyle since 1994 and shares her love of all things plant-based with passion! Her primary vinyasa studies began with Shiva Rea in 2000 and have continued for many years, and she has completed a wide range of trainings and certifications including Kripalu Yoga, Ashtanga yoga, Kundalini, YogaDance, Yoga for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Advanced Pranayama, Meditation, Kids Yoga, Therapeutics, Non-Violent Communication, and studies in bodywork and nutrition. She has played percussion for over 20 years and has had the honor of performing at various venues and festivals internationally with the Playing for Change Band, Joey Lugassi & Lisa Bonet, Dave Stringer, Shaman’s Dream, Daphne Tse, The Kripalu Drummers, John de Kadt, and Masankho Banda. She enjoys incorporating music and many teaching modalities into her trainings and feels that all forms inform one another and have the same goal of union, or “yoga”.

Kristin and the Kunga Yoga team are grateful for the opportunity to use yoga and music as a platform and tool for collaboration, education, and fundraising for underserved populations around the world. For more information on Kristin and upcoming programs and service events, please visit:

Kristin has directed and assisted Teacher Training programs at:

Wilmington Yoga Center –  Wilmington, NC
Gotta Yoga Studio – Charlotte, NC
Blue Lotus Studio – Raleigh, NC
Carrboro Yoga Company– Carrboro, NC
Triangle Yoga – Chapel Hill, NC
The Yoga Collective – Santa Monica, CA
Exhale – Venice, CA