When Kristin moved to New York City from Pocatello, Idaho, in 1994 to pursue a career in acting, she never imagined she'd end up a fitness celebrity.
While attending New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, she discovered yoga, which was taught at school for breath control and proper alignment. After studying yoga with some of the world's most renowned instructors, Kristin created her own style of yoga that was an instant hit for its upbeat, refreshingly hip approach.
In 2003, Kristin was asked to choreograph and instruct the first MTV Yoga video, which she followed up with three additional fitness titles for the music video channel: MTV Power Yoga, MTV Pilates and MTV Pilates Mix. Kristin has appeared on Good Morning America, CNN Headline News, Fox's Good Day New York, Tyra Banks Show and NBC's Today Show as a fitness consultant and has been on the covers of Pilates Style and Fit Yoga magazines. She has also been in Self, InStyle, Shape, Fitness and Women's Health as a contributing editor and/or fitness model, and some of her celebrity clients include LeAnn Rimes, Soledad O'Brien, and Steve Martin.
MindBodyGreen: How do you start your day? Do you have a morning routine? What do you have for breakfast?
Kristin McGee: I always like to do a downward dog stretch first thing in the morning and then walk my feet up to my hands and take a forward hang before slowly rolling up to stand and starting my day. I love coffee so next I start my coffee brewing and take in the aroma as I shower and get dressed and ready. Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day and I'll make eggs and a whole wheat English muffin with either peanut butter or cheese on it or I'll have Greek yogurt with some Kashi go lean or any fiber one and flax seeds and berries.
MBG: How do you end your day?
KM: I like to end my day either reading a good book or doing the New York Magazine crossword puzzle and having a cup of hot cocoa or tea. Even in the summertime, I love to have a warm cup of something before I fall asleep. I often do some light stretching as well or listen to music. I have so many emails to return when I get home from a long day of teaching but I try to get off the computer at least an hour before I go to sleep. When my fiancé and I are together (he is finishing his MBA at Carnegie Mellon so we are long distance right now), he is my warm cup or something! I love to snuggle with him and just talk about our days and our future together.
MBG: How did you go from pursuing acting at NYU to choreographing, instructing, and starring in MTV's Yoga and Pilates videos?
KM: I discovered yoga when I was at NYU and I fell in love with it. When I graduated, I got my certifications to teach group fitness, yoga, and Pilates. I had classes at Crunch gym and various other gyms and studios in Manhattan. One day, I was teaching an awesome yoga class at the Crunch on 38th and Broadway and an MTV producer happened to be taking it. She asked me for a headshot and we set up an audition. I was cast to host and choreograph the first ever MTV Yoga DVD, which did so well, we went on to make 3 more titles. I have since made 4 more DVDS, 2 of my own titles, and two brand new Pilates titles for Acacia Media. I love combining my acting skills and fitness expertise.