NamesKrissy Jones & Chloe Kernaghan
Creators ofSky Ting Yoga
LocationNew York City
You're an entrepreneur and yet you seem to move through life with ease. What's your secret?
[Krissy]: My nature is to push boundaries, build, and envision but I’m not the type to be anxious about my entrepreneurial spirit. I attribute much of the ease and balance in my life to having a dedicated, deep yoga and meditation practice. I’m good about making time for myself to practice, rest, and tap into a quiet space where I can hear my inner drives and desires—which I think enables me to keep growing without so much stress. That’s sort of how we built SKY TING, by listening to our intuition, so there’s a sense of joy because we’re doing what we love. I also have an incredibly competent team that I love and trust, aka Chloe, to keep me grounded while juggling so much.
For those who worry, I think starting a regular meditation practice does wonders. Regularly connecting back to some sort of higher source, whether that’s God, nature, or the universe, is also very important to stay in a high vibrational state in a world that can be chaotic and stressful. Be careful about the thoughts you chose to hang out with. Whatever you tell yourself on the inside manifests in your life so if you’re constantly doubting and worrying, you’re only going to experience more than that. Lastly, it never hurts to surround yourself with loving supportive people. Having a strong community is so vital to our health and well-being.
From dance choreography to teaching yoga, you are well-versed in the language of the body. What do you find inspiring about physical movement?
[Chloe]: Early on dance was both my source of joy and safety. I always wanted to be in motion and movement quickly became the mode of communication I felt most comfortable with. Over the years I’ve watched, worked with, and taught a range of personalities and bodies in yoga and dance and yet I’m still in awe of how an individual interprets form and content. You can glean so much about what it means to be human in a yoga class, dance rehearsal, or show. I think movement leads to embodiment, especially in this crazy city.
Our mentor, Nevine Michaan, utilizes the metaphor of the body as a house in Katonah Yoga, and that’s always given me comfort because you can create a sense of harmony from within, without having to utilize anything beyond your body, breath, and imagination. Our growing reliance on technology means that having some sort of physical practice is even more vital because movement can relay both the story of the individual and the connection we have to something larger.
At Sky Ting we talk a lot about using the practice of yoga to cultivate a more joyful life but what does that look like outside of the studio?
[Both]: Just as nature reminds us, everything is affected by everything else, so if your yoga practice is contained to your time on the mat, there’s a disconnect and you’re not integrating the work.
We believe that you can use yoga as a means to experience more of what you want and everyone wants more joy, more love, and more connection. Yoga is not about nailing a pose—it’s really about taking charge of your life and it’s actually quite simple to practice. Once you set a goal, you have a good sense of which paths will lead you closer to your destination and which paths are distractions. If you want more joy in your life do more of the things that feel good and less of the things that don’t. Hang out with the people that uplift you and not the ones that drag you down.
Through practicing yoga and meditation, the mind becomes clearer and you become conscious about where you’re heading at all times so that you don’t wake up one day and ask, “how did I get here?”. This is what the practice is all about—waking up and taking charge of your life.