Chrys has an adventurous spirit and is guided by his Scorpio heart. He does his best to live life in the moment, smiling at challenges, and loving as much he can. He was born and raised in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and has always had an innate and deep connection to nature, spirituality and deeper meanings. Connecting to his ancestral line of nomads, seekers, and wanderers.
Chrys grew up with a love for performing, body movement, and the visual arts, alongside exploring the forests of Ontario. By age 12 he had his green belt in Shaolin Kung Fu, performed in a number of musicals in a youth musical troupe and started painting consistently. He attended a high school for the performing arts and completed his Bachelor of Honours in Environmental Studies at York University with a minor in Theatre. He soon found that his passion for nature, spirituality, and bodywork far out weighted his passion for performance.
He's now a confident outdoorsman and has been teaching yoga over 10 years.
When Chrys was 13 he found himself on his first yoga mat. He initially went to find better alignment and strength in his hyper mobile body. However, the philosophy and spirituality of yoga is what really drew him in. Like he was returning back to knowledge he had always known. His teenage years were less angsty and more inquisitive because of his growing yoga practice. After 8 1/2 years of practice and graduating University, Chrys decided to venture to the highlands of Guatemala on Lake Atitlan to complete his first 200hr yoga teacher training under Paula Tursi (Director/Owner of Reflections Yoga in New York City) in a month long immersion. He under went a huge personal transformation, deeply studied yoga, himself, and the universe like he had never before.
He's explored many styles through the years of his practice including; Hatha, Jnana, Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Iyengar, Anusara and Restorative yoga. Seeking out an assortment of teachers that spoke to him in unique ways. To him there is no right methodology or singular yoga style. The age of information enables us to see the unity yoga traditions, and approaches, and merge them together. Yoga has always been an evolutionary path, pulsating with the development of human civilization.
Seek truth, and love over power, and control.
He strongly believes in the ability to heal the body and settle the busy mind through finding stillness while gently aligning the body. He believes that the whole world, the whole universe is connected through stillness/consciousness/Wholeness. Meditation offer a chance to truly sit with oneself, and to be the "Witness" to our own consciousness, and the greater consciousness that we are apart of.
Chrys is grateful to Karen Cove, Paula Tursi, Tara Judelle, Noah Maze, Darren Rhodes, Robin Golt, Christi-an Slomka, Sachne Kilner & Hali Schwartz for their teachings in his foundational years of practice and teaching yoga.
Chrys is a naturalist and canoeist. Retreating into the backcountry to meditation, and connect deeply with the natural surroundings. Chrys spent 15 years as an Outdoor Educator between Camp Tawingo and the Toronto District School Board. There he inspired and taught youth how important it is to connect to nature, listen to it, and just be with it. Our greatest teacher is nature herself.
You experience the magick of the planet when you remove yourself from the noise of humans and escape to natural surroundings.
In addition to all this, Chrys finds painting and photography as his favourite art practices.
Check some of his artwork here.