Christy Tending is an activist, educator, and writer. She helps rebels, people-pleasers, overworkers, and perfectionists create sustainable self-advocacy. She is the creator of the online course, Sacred Focus, and host of the podcast, Tending Your Life. She lives on unceded Ohlone territory (Oakland, California) with her family.


Get to know christy

Who/what inspired you to teach yoga?
I was inspired to begin practicing when I was diagnosed with scoliosis. I knew that I didn't want surgery, and yoga seemed like a more fitting option. That was fourteen years ago, and I haven't looked back.

When I began teaching, I struggled to find classes that met my needs as someone who had physical disabilities and needed a gentler practice. So I decided to become the teacher I needed.
What keeps you practicing?
Yoga is like my home now. It's a little messy some days, but it's where I come to learn about myself and connect.
What advice would you give to someone who is just beginning yoga?
You are the expert in your own experience. If something doesn't feel right, stop. If a class isn't working for you, try something else. It's all an experiment, so trust your intuition.
Besides yoga, what do you do to keep a healthy lifestyle?
I love long hikes in the redwoods, soaking in hot tubs, and giving myself a creative outlet – like drawing or knitting. My cats are also wonderful teachers on the value of play and napping.
What is the best piece of advice you've ever received?
Don't worry about trying to look or sound impressive. People will remember how you made them feel.
My favorite thing about Hyde
As an environmental and human rights activist, a company's values are so important to me. Knowing that my clothes are not only beautiful and functional, but gentle on the environment means a lot. Those Wren Leggings are the softest pants I've ever worn!