Christy Rutan


Christy was initially drawn to yoga because of the way it made her body feel. It was that simple. Having been a dancer from a young age, yoga was a natural transition for her as an adult. In 2008, she stumbled upon a free class at Franklin Street Yoga Center. The exhilarating whole-body experience of Power Vinyasa Yoga was exactly what she had not known she was missing.

Soon thereafter, Christy realized her desire to share this experience with others and completed Franklin Street Yoga Center’s 200-hour teacher certification program, lead by her mentor, Lori Burgwyn. Since that time, she has trained extensively with Baron Baptiste. Christy is now one of a handful of certified Baptiste Power Vinyasa Yoga instructors in North Carolina.

Christy’s yoga journey has been a great transformation: physically, mentally, and spiritually (in spite of her best efforts to the contrary). Yoga has drastically changed her worldview and the way she walks through everyday life. She firmly believes that this is what it’s all about: radiating a little more joy, offering a bit more kindness, and striving to be a little less reactive in everything you do.

Christy lives in downtown Raleigh with her dog, Oliver. In addition to yoga, she enjoys live music, sunshine, and eating at Poole’s Diner. In her spare time, she works at the North Carolina Business Court in Raleigh.