kim wolff yoga teacher founder of chrysalis yoga retreats wellness adventure travel company

“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” -Anais Nin

Born and raised in Southern California, I grew up hanging out at quintessential California beaches and roaming around L.A. amid the surf, skate and punk rock cultures of the 1980s. At age 19, I made my first trip to Europe and was initiated into the world of wanderlust, becoming a life-long traveler. Shortly after that first trip abroad, I moved to Paris, France, and for a year, explored various regions of Europe by train.

Upon returning to the U.S., I dove into a career in corporate beauty and fashion that spanned two decades. Ultimately I became burned out from the heavy demands and crazy pace. Bouts with stress-induced illness became more frequent and enduring. Yoga was the one thing I could turn to for solace and healing. It sustained me through changes both big and small – including navigating life as a single mother and losing my mom to terminal cancer.

As I became more dedicated to my practice, I derived a profound sense of purpose and inspiration from it. A strong calling to share these life-changing teachings stirred within me. Heeding that call, I took a leap of faith and left behind all that was familiar, “safe” and “secure.” Since 2008, I’ve been traveling both the U.S. and abroad teaching yoga, meditation, and Ayurveda, and have never looked back.

Now that my three beautiful children are grown and on their own, time and space has been created to broaden my horizons and further pursue causes near and dear to my heart. I’m incredibly grateful that all of Life’s experiences have coalesced and conspired to lead me down this wonderous path, opening up even more opportunities to make this world a better place to be.


I view yoga as an universal science and art-form that’s no less relevant today than it was over 5,000 years ago, and is just as necessary to human health and well being than it’s ever been.

On a personal level, it’s a practice that informs the way in which I move through the world – from how I begin and end each day, and the manner in which I approach life’s challenges, to the way I view my place in the universe, and my connection to all things in it.

As an instructor, I strive to translate these profound, yet practical teachings in a way that’s accessible to modern day practitioners of all levels. My intention is to teach yoga as a tool of empowerment that enriches all aspects of life, and encourages students to embody the highest vision they hold for themselves.

My class sessions weave together a sense of playful reverence with classical Hatha yoga philosophy, postures, breathwork and the principles of Ayurveda – the holistic health system of yoga. Providing gentle guidance and focused support, I allow space for each student to explore and find their own connection to the practice. The experience is one that’s intuitive, fluid, dynamic, and positively blissful.

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yoga teacher kim wolff chrysalis yoga retreats founder meditation long beach californiaMy formal study of yoga took place at Exhale Center for Sacred Movement in Venice, CA. – a world renowned spiritual center that laid the foundation for yoga’s rise in popularity in the western world.

In 2008, I entered into training and a two year apprenticeship with Saul David Raye – a pioneering and inspiring presence in yoga’s evolution in the west, and one of the founding members of Sacred Movement.

After finishing my studies and earning my RYT-200 certification through Yoga Alliance, I began teaching classes, facilitating wellness workshops, offering online educational programs, and leading retreats in both the U.S. and abroad.

I went on to complete intensives and certification programs with master teachers, studying meditation and ayurveda in southern India (2009), and traditional Thai yoga massage therapy in northern Thailand (2010).

For the last decade, I’ve had the honor of serving as an ambassador, event coordinator and fundraiser for Yoga Gives Back, a non-profit whose mission is to mobilize the global yoga community for the purpose of empowering women and girls in India to build sustainable livelihoods and communities.