My teachers are everything and I would not be here without them. I grew up in Maryland and I went to Oklahoma to wrestle in university. Afterwards I learned yoga in order to release tension and re-design my self-image. During my PhD at the University of Florida I began to teach yoga. It was easy since I’d taught wrestling and engineering for years. I traveled for work and so I taught where I traveled to. I liked the feedback I received and so after graduation I trained yoga in India and I’ve been on “teaching tour” ever since. With 500+ videos on YouTube.com/the9thlimb Om, Chris
A selection of my most popular workshops
Spotlight Imagery Method
Visualize the body as an energy system. This is a very energetic experience of your physiology. Create bandha (energy seals) within key joint spaces. Stack bones and make your posture alive, efficient, and safe. Animate your spine. This method will coax your breath out of hiding and is for all levels of yoga practitioner willing to learn a little anatomy. This system was taught to me by David Garrigues to stop thought through concentration and meditation, called samyama. Themes for Spotlight Imagery include:
- surya namaskara (sun salute)
- standing postures
- inversions like shoulderstand and headstand
- the ashtanga vinyasa series
- samyama practice (the pinnacle of the hatha yoga experience)
Events usually focus on one or two pranayama with focus on how to learn to grow your inner sensitivity and capability to balance yourself, internally. Bandha and mudra are included in this kind of instruction. Bandha are physically local to chakra and help to contain and focus our thought-energy. Mudra practice can bring about incredible perception of prana and the chakra.
Regulate mind activity with controlled breathing. Controlled breathing is a set pattern of inhales, exhales, and breath retentions. Evenly distribute and dissipate the latent energy resting in your nervous system. Many postures for pranayama practice are given. Pranayama for mouth, nose, and single nostril breathing is taught. Always according to the capacities of participants. Breath holding how to safely progress your breath hold practice. The secrets are in the little details, the mind-set we carry into the pranayama practice, and subtle energetics of the nervous system, the subtle body system, and how mind-energy-nervous system communicates. I am authorized by BNS Iyengar to teach the ashtanga primary series pranayama and my personal studies.
Pranayama leads into chakra meditation. Mudra, bandha, and chakra theory can accompany events as desired or needed. The pranayama I teach are the following:
- Visharma Vritty
- Naadi Shodhana
- Shakti Charlana
- Wim Hof
Beginners are firmly instructed on the beginning aspects in order to balance mind and nervous system and keep them safe. The two most common pranayama taught are described below.
Ujjayi – breath of the jungle doctor
Controlled pranayama to slow your mind and your heart rate, witness yourself transition into a calm, smooth, and mellow mind. No force. All within reason. Dilate your arteries and regain control of your nervous system, and your mind. Pranayama is inhale, exhale, plus retention. Prana-ayama means to regulate mind activity with breathing. I honor everyone’s unique breathing capacities. Energetics and linguistics to facilitate the experience. Beginner to advanced will gain immensely.
Visharma Vritty – odd numbered system
Heating. Prepares one for deeper naadi shodhana.
Naadi shodhana – pulse purification pranayama
Smooth you lunar and solar, feminine and masculine, cooling and heating aspects with this pranayama. Integrate left and right brain systems, and generally sooth your nervous system. Requires is that both nostrils are open, and so I teach subtleties to help open nostrils or what to do to handle and restrictions in the passageway. Ultimately other pranayama can accomplish the effects of naadi shodhana, but this is a very common practice that will allow participants to be familiar with pranayama anywhere in the world they choose to practice.
Connect mind with body precisely and immediately experience your anatomy; unlike any physical therapy or massage therapy. Every movement you take from now on will be impacted from these muscle isolation techniques. Balance muscle tensions around key joints. The front and back of your shoulder blades, your shoulder socket, lower back and pelvis, and hip joint. Isolated engagements for your muscles of breathing, posture and movement. A very soft practice to calm your nervous system and your mind and to re-pattern your posture. This method uses pictures and language to help you locate and wake up dormant muscles and relax clinching muscles. This is a kind of samyama practice, which means to stop thought through concentration and meditation.
Many muscle activations are available on YouTube.com/the9thlimb
the Heart Seal – shoulder, neck, and upper spine relief
Stabilize your shoulders and release tension around your neck, chest, and arms. This course covers isolated muscle activations for the rotator cuff and shoulder girdle and groups them into simple yoga postures. You will learn the secrets to cure most yoga related aches of the wrist, elbow, and shoulder. This is a highly relaxing practice, anatomy rich, all materials provided. All levels.
the Sacred Psoas – low back and pelvis therapy
Stabilize your pelvis and lower back and learn the true meaning of core strength and awareness. Isolate key muscles of the pelvis, hips, and lower spine and organize them all together. Relieve sciatica, traction the sacroilliac (SI) joint, and deepen your conscious hip movement and mobility. A gentle practice that will focus your mind. All levels.
Intermediate or Advanced Vinyasa
Apply bandha during practice. Stabilize your mind, regulate your appetite, and control your hormonal system with how you breathe and move and how you use your senses. Make your breath fully available. Observe your mind as you practice. A method of practice complete with state of mind, warm up, peak efforts, self appreciation, cool down, calm contemplation, and relaxation or yoga sleep. Some yoga experience is suggested.
Vinyasa super slowed down. Examine, internalize, and experience deeply your inner infinity. Anatomy rich. Typically themed around posture groups or desired affects.
- Hand balancing
- Back bending
- Hip rotation
- Forward bending
- Standing poses
Vinyasa yoga is meant to teach us hatha yoga. Hatha yoga is meant to teach us yoga. Once we learn yoga we are meant to not longer remember we know yoga. These are the stages of learning.
Safe, strong, and stable hand balances with a proper mindset. Take notes! All levels welcome. Progressions for wrist, shoulder, and pelvis mobility and strength. Props, partners, and especially communication to assist our own practice will be utilized. Expand your limits with my therapy inspired methods. Skills for all inversions, yoga hand balances, and good standing posture. Proper cool down. See my YouTube.com/the9thlimb hand balance playlist.
Thai and Yoga Assists
In this class you will learn foundational elements of what to look for before assisting, how to communicate before, during, and after a yoga assist, and what is the meaning and importance of hand and body intelligence during partner assists. Use many techniques borrowed from Thai massage, linguistics, acro yoga, anatomy, yoga, and In-Tuition to explore how we relate with others in this partner practice.
Acro Yoga Massage
Communication and listening are fundamental to this partner therapeutic acro style. Partners are usually not required and we practice in groups of 3 or 4 to ensure safety and comfort. Many themes can constitute this practice such as group breathing, partner chakra opening, stretching, Thai body work, etc.
Lunar acro is a soft style of partner yoga balancing. We train in groups of three, base, flyer, and spotter. I emphasize how to listen and ask for a change or an adjustment. Fundamental hand and foot positions for passive partner balances. Flying and grounded Thai massage, especially for your psoas and trapezius, plus much more. Learn a method to move your lunar practice forward. No experience needed. No partner needed. Participants should be able to lay on their back with legs straight up, vertical.