About Chrys

Every since Chrys was little he had an interest in the natural, spiritual, and metaphysical world. He knew that things are much deeper, and more meaningful than they seem. That humans, animals, and plants are far more connected than what the eye, or science can see. Growing up he had the opportunity to explore Northern Ontario, and remember his human and ancestral bond with natural world. His first meditation teachers were the trees, lakes and breezes of Northern Ontario. This is where he learnt to appreciate being quiet while breathing deeply, and listening softly. 

His ancestral routes have influenced him to connect to nature, cultures, and embrace the diversity of the world.  On his Mother side he is a descendent of Irish refugees from The Great Famine in Ireland. And on his father side has Hungarian, and 

Romani/Gypsy ancestry that fled Nazi & Soviet persecution during the 1940s. He carries both the wisdom, and the trauma of these ancestors within him.

He self identifies as a Gay Mixed White Benefiting man and 

acknowledges the inherent social-economical privilege this

brings him. 

Chrys had the opportunity of learning many different styles of body movement, sports and performance arts as a kid, but when he found yoga at age 14, it clicked for him. That body movement, alongside breath awareness and spiritual purpose is a potent method to elevate life, understand the self, and become aware of the need for equality for all beings.

He began opening himself up to different identities, cultures, religions, and spiritual practices at young age.

His yoga practice supported him deeply as he went through a series of stresses, and traumatic events as a teenager. It's as if his yoga practice start right as he needed it. This enabled him to better understand, cope, and grow from these experience, and repetition of ancestral traumas. 

After graduating York University with his Bachelors of Honours in Environmental Studies, with a minor in Theatre Studies, Chrys got his calling to begin to teach yoga and meditation. Making his first trip to Lake Atitlan, Guatemala in 2009 to complete his first of many yoga teacher trainings. He's now traveled the world to understand and train in a diverse range of yoga styles, and body movement techniques, including North India, Bali, Montreal, Toronto, and New York City. He constantly bows in gratitude to his influential teachers in his formative years of practice and teaching; Karen Cove, Sachne Kilner, Hali Schwartz, Paula Tursi, Tara Judelle, Robin Golt, and Noah Maze. 

Alongside his yoga journey, Chrys developed a keen interest in energy healing, and plant medicine. When he was 11 years old he was attuned to Reiki energy, and ever since has been exploring using himself to channel universal energy to help heal others, and himself. Learning that all energy, especially our own is something we can influence and transform. At this potent he doesn't know what life is like without the use of energy awareness, and energy healing. 

Through his innate connection to the natural world, Chrys always favoured holistic and natural remedies over modern western solutions. He acknowledges that planet Earth is full of plants that help us in so many areas of life, from diet to emotional and physical medicine. And Indigenous knowledges carries the wisdom of these plants. While in Guatemala in 2009, Chrys started a long, yet subtle relationship with the cacao plant. And spent the last 10 years slowly learning its history, relationship to humans, specifically the Maya people, the effects of colonialism, and the capitalization of cacao into chocolate. He realized that cacao is a planet that humans can benefit from, not only as a health supplement, but for a spiritual purpose. Cacao is an offering from the Earth for us to help facilitate our healing, self-awareness, and self-love. It facilitates an awareness to connect to one another, and ones spirit without friction and conflict. 

Chrys considers himself an Earth Mystic, as he truly seeks to understand the magick that exist on this planet, and how to live harmoniously with it. He seeks to inspire others to live a more inter-connected, holistic and loving lifestyle.

He recognizes that he has to constantly check his privilege, and educate himself to be respective, and appreciative of the traditions he studies, and shares. 

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"We can never become truly happy unless we

ourselves undergo a personal transformation" 

Daisaku Ikeda