Yoga is a spiritual journey and a physical journey, one that never ends. A lot of my life has been spent living between drama and trauma and navigating the boundaries of each. I had kids and was forced to reconcile the pressures of life with who I was and I made a conscious decision to change. My yoga is about change. Change in myself, helping my students navigate their change journey, trying to find the needs and be part of Change conversation and action in our world.
There are 3 things areas that inform my yoga teaching – Yoga history & Philosophy, Nature and Creative Living. The history of Yoga is a history of the World, no matter how we come to Yoga we are met with compassion, guidance on how to live a true life and are taught acceptance of our true selves. Yoga is a tool to use through life’s journey rather than a fix it all pill. Nature as in how we inhabit this world, how we show up. This involves the relationship to ourselves, to all human & sentient beings & to Mother earth herself. Creative living meaning the food we eat, embracing the ever seeking & curious mind, going for a dip in the sea no matter how cold, digging your hands in the ground, smiling at the sun and making time for music and dance.
After studying Social Science in the London School of Economics I knew I wanted a career that involved seeking to understand our united and communal role on this earth. I trained in the Yoga Rooms Dublin with Ciara Cronin, studied with Doug Keller, have been shaped & influenced by practicing with the wonderful Lou Horgan’s female centric yoga. Summers have been spent practicing with Sol Viegas enjoying the Iyengar lineage. Each class with me is intelligent, fun, functional, but most of all, authentic.
I was a teenage mother, a wild child, a person who did the things most people wouldn’t and most certainly shouldn’t. Here’s the thing about life and it’s learnings, teachers take various guises, not just those who stand at the top of a class but people you meet along the way. In my case these are people who have helped guide my path when I’ve strayed (and my ability to stray is vast). As with all miracles, my kids have been my greatest teachers, they keep me in check and make me a better person. Each time I come to the mat I take away a renewed sense of peace and calm, a returning to myself. Yoga has offered me this opportunity to connect with my inner child. There is no option but to do the work, face myself, my whole self and accepting myself for who I truly am. In yoga terms this means embracing what’s referred to as the Shadow side. This has been my yoga journey. At the heart of everything I do is curiosity. This has brought me to some crazy places in the past but it’s also what brought me to yoga. A wise woman and good friend asked me to join her at a yoga class in Portugal. I remember stepping into the studio and seeing the other students and my wonderful teacher Sol, being nervous because I wanted to ‘be good’ at yoga but mostly being overwhelmed by the beauty of this tiny studio in the hills that smelled of oils and mats.
Like most people I came to yoga for the physical/ the asana practice. It complemented my running and I could fit classes in while the kids were in school. It took me a while but I began to realise yoga is so much more than the shapes we make with our bodies. As beautiful as those shapes are they are the prep for the real work; the inner work, and when that journey begins it’s transformative, mind blowing even. My dedication to yoga (which found me and not the other way round) over the past number of years has meant leaving the corporate world, training as a yoga teacher and teaching full time. I teach public classes in studios but outdoors is where I’m most at home, workshops, retreats & in office yoga.
I was so sad and sorry when my last yoga teacher decided to move home to Italy. I thought I would never find a better teacher & then… I found Chris. She delivers a wonderfully unique class which is a marriage of movement and breath. Her class delivers a complete workout for whatever level you’re at, whilst being easy on the body and calming the mind. I look forward to every class and have never felt stronger or better.
Christine conveys an immense passion for yoga. Her energy is palpable. She also has a discerning understanding of how the body works when practicing yoga. I really enjoy her classes which leave me feeling full of positivity!
Christine is a great yoga teacher and I recommend you give her a go. She is very spiritual but her love of family and her surroundings come through clearly in her teaching - I have wished so many times to be with her in Dublin on the beach, in the studio, in the park! I have loved her classes via Zoom and her early morning Rise and Shine class has been a fantastic start to my day. She is very knowledgeable and clearly puts a lot into planning each month and each week. Her classes are well prepared and she takes time to explain positions with variations too so that it is suitable for many levels. Having practised with her for 6 months, she keeps her practice interesting with different themes so that no 2 classes are completely the same. I am loving my yoga journey with her and look forward to it continuing for many years.
Absolutely love Chris’s yoga classes. It has become a staple part of my week to keep my mind clear and my body right. Chris is a fantastic teacher and I especially enjoy her meditation and reflections during class. Chris herself is such a fantastic person both inside and out and her light is infectious!
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