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Q&A with Kristen Zorda Featured

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If you haven’t met or at least heard of Kristen Zorda here is a little snippet: Nationwide, she is in the top 15 Loan Advisors with Flagstar Bank, she owns Yoga Mandali in downtown Saratoga Springs, and she just recently bought into the Ahimsa Yoga and Music Festival. Oh, and she has an 18 month old boy named Bodhi, and owns a hobby farm in Greenfield Center. If there is a list of people to know in the downtown business district of Saratoga Springs, she has to be pretty near the top. Here is the Q&A.

Q. How long have you lived/worked in Saratoga?
A. I’ve been working and living in Saratoga since 2012. First working in the mortgage industry (still do) and then I bought Yoga Mandali in 2018. I lived on Church St for years until recently I purchased a small hobby farm in Greenfield Center.

Q. What brought you to the area?
A. My mortgage job with Wells Fargo brought me to the capital region in 2009 where I worked at their local Latham office. I fell in love with Saratoga Springs and moved up the Northway from Clifton Park in 2012.

Q. What is the single most rewarding experience you have had in your professional career?
A. It’s hard to give just one, but I would say going to India and visiting the Sandipani Muni school for girls that Yoga Mandali donates money to through Food For Live Vrindavan. I have been able to visit the school a few times and have met the beautiful girls we sponsor. Every time I am in awe of how this organization comes together to help some of the poorest people in the world with very limited resources and donations!

Q. Who are the people you love to work with?
A. Anyone who I can help! I deal with different types of people each day from my yoga world and mortgage world and love to help anyone who comes my way however I can.

Q. How long have you been doing this and how did you get started in your industry?
A. I’ve been in the mortgage industry since 2002 when I was trying to figure out what to do after going to college. By word of mouth I was hired by a loan officer as his assistant and the job took off from there. I’ve been in the yoga world since college when I took my first class. I became more dedicated to my practice when I moved to Saratoga and found so much amazing yoga here! I started teaching soon after taking the yoga teacher training at Yoga Mandali in 2014. I purchased the studio in 2018.

Q. What is the best piece of advice you would give from your industry post covid?
A. Be mindful of each other and always do everything from your heart and with other’s interests first. The rest will fall into place and people will remember how you cared, more than anything else.

Q. How can people find you?
A. For mortgages my website is www.loanswithkristenzorda.com and for yoga www.yogamandali.com

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