Last day of TEACHER SPOTLIGHTS! We finish off with Chris.
What is your favorite yoga asana? “That’s tough. Every day I need something different — sometimes I need to dance, sometimes I need asana, sometimes I need to make love, and sometimes I need to simply sleep. So ask me one day and the answer might be anahatasana. Another day it might be to stay in bed a little longer. If you begin to look at… yoga not as a system of static poses, but rather as an expression of your life force, the notion of a favourite asana really begins to dissolve. In fact, the notion of a formal class starts to seem a bit strange too!
“What do you like most about teaching? “What I love about teaching is the sharing of knowledge that happens — not only from teacher to student, but from student to student and student to teacher as well. I like to think that we are all holding pieces of one another, like pieces of a puzzle. If we drop the guru/disciple, teacher/student, elder/child etc. relationships and meet each other as equals who happen to be playing different roles, then it opens up limitless possibility for personal fulfillment. Suddenly, my greatest insight in life may come from a janitor. A spiritual guru on a pedestal may suddenly become irrelevant. When we can get past this idea that any one of us knows more than the other, we can share all of our puzzle pieces freely. When we share freely with one another, the larger picture of our own life, as well as what’s happening collectively, becomes clearer.
“What is your favorite non-yoga activity? “Just like my favourite asana, this changes on a regular basis. Some days it feels right to get on my bike and ride. Sometimes it’s cooking. When there are so many possibilities, it can just be about what feels best in any given moment.
One thing we don’t know about you? “I really only fell into teaching yoga by accident. As I like to say sometimes, a case of “Whoops, I succeeded!”. Serendipity has been an enormous force since — it keeps me inspired in all kinds of great ways, sometimes large and sometimes small. The wonder of the present moment is a gift that’s continually opening.”