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Krissy Jones and Chloe Kernaghan

The Yoga Instructors Breaking All the Rules

In the airy, sun-drenched studios of SKY TING YOGA, founders Krissy Jones and Chloe Kernaghan preach a different kind of practice: minimal chanting, minimal om’ing and instructive language you can actually understand without a yogic background. Since the company’s inception in 2015, word-of-mouth buzz has grown the duo a cult-like following—and resulted in two rapid-fire additional outposts, the newest in Brooklyn. With the self-care movement only picking up steam, we expect their brand of chilled-out, community-centric yoga to follow suit.

What is your biggest accomplishment to date?

Jones: “I’m really proud of our teacher training program. It’s so amazing to see how the people who have done our trainings have evolved. Some of them started as students. Now they’re teaching on the schedule. Some of them are leading their own yoga retreats already. It’s such a good feeling to pass on what I know and love to others. I’m also just proud of the community we’ve built in general. Sky Ting has become a home for so many. Several students met their significant others at Sky Ting many have become regular practitioners. The influence we’ve had always shocks me and overwhelms me.”

What’s something you’d like people to know about you or your job that they probably don’t?

Kernaghan: “People often comment how I must just be practicing yoga all day, but in reality I have to be super proactive in blocking out my schedule for time to take a group class. Just like any other small business owner, it’s super easy to put your work before yourself. Over the past few years I’ve learned how important it is for me to take care of myself in order to do better work for Sky Ting.”

Whom do you admire more than anyone else?

Jones: “I admire my main teacher, Nevine. I’m continuously in awe of how kind, generous and what a genius she is. She shows me that this practice works not by how she teaches but by how she lives. Her family adores her, her students flock to her, she helps so many people heal, and she radiates joy. It’s so inspiring to me.”

What advice do you have for other women working toward their own dreams?

Kernaghan: “It sounds corny, but something I’ve had to really put into practice is ‘going with the flow.’ While it’s important to have your goals and visions that you’re working toward, it’s also so important to allow everything to continue to shift and change as time goes by.”

Favorite podcast?

Kernaghan: “On Being with Krista Tippett.”

Desert island question: If you could bring only three things, what would they be?

Jones: “A lifetime supply of coffee, Chloe and a boat.”

Kernaghan: “A dry brush, machete and Krissy Jones.”

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