- Kristina Nekyia is a flexibility fitness and contortion coach in Hollywood, California. A lifelong dancer, at 31 years old Kristina decided to become a contortionist, about 20 years after the recommended age to begin training. She was fortunate enough to find renowned Mongolian contortionist Serchmaa Byamba who agreed to train her despite her advanced age. For five years Kristina trained at San Francisco Circus Center, including a trip to Mongolia to study with the Mongolian National Circus. She went on to perform a belly dance contortion act with Serchmaa, and she continues to perform solo contortion and dance acts across the world.
Inspired by Serchmaa’s teaching, Kristina has dedicated herself to the study and teaching of flexibility fitness. She earned her Pilates certification from Body Arts & Sciences International and has engaged in extensive research into body mechanics, anatomy, and the science of stretching. She founded the flexibility and contortion programs at Cirque School LA where she worked with hundreds of students from beginner to advanced, and she teaches workshops at circus schools, dance studios, and Pilates studios across the US, Canada, and Europe. She currently teaches Fit & Bendy classes in Los Angeles, CA.