Chris’ bio:

My teachers are everything to me. I would not be here without them. My original certifying teacher is Doug Swenson. Other yoga teachers include David Garrigues, BNS Iyengar, and Simon Borg-Olivier. I found yoga while wrestling at University of Oklahoma. After my Master’s I learned more yoga to release my tension and redesign my self-image. During my PhD at the University of Florida I began to teach yoga. To me it was easy since I’d taught wrestling and engineering for so many years. I traveled for work and I taught where I traveled to. I liked my feedback as a traveling teacher so after graduating I trained yoga in India and began teaching nationally upon my return. I’ve been on the road since. 550+ videos on YouTube.com/the9thlimb Blessings, Chris

Selected Popular Events

Isolated Muscle Activations

Precisely connect mind with your body. 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. Stopping mind through isolated muscle visualization and activation.

15 isolated muscle activations and 2 isolated stretches for muscles of movement and breathing. I collectively group them into the Heart Seal (Upper Body) and the Sacred Psoas (Lower Body) video lesson series on 9thlimb.com/products.

Anatomy for Yoga Teacher Trainings

Written manual with cues available. How to form the HIP BANDHA and ARMPIT BANDHA and how to apply them for safe arm balances, backbends, and lateral hip movements can be included. In 10 hours each student will be able to isolate each of the following muscles.

  • Serratus anterior
  • Teres minor
  • Pectoralis minor (stretch)
  • Posterior deltoid
  • Infraspinatus
  • Subscapularis
  • Rhomboids
  • Lattisumus dorsi
  • Scalenes (stretch)
  • Transversus abdominis
  • Lower rectus abdominis
  • Psoas major
  • Illiacus
  • Glute medius/minimus
  • Glute maximus
  • Deep lateral hip rotators
  • Quadratus lumborum

Relief from Beneath | Shoulder Muscle Therapeutics

Breathe easier. Correct your cell phone posture and make driving much more comfortable. This is an applied anatomy and gentle yoga class specifically to fix shoulders, neck, and upper back pains. Wake up the front of your shoulder blades. Soften and stabilize your shoulder joints. Create strength from relaxed and balanced posture. Great for neck, chest, and shoulder health and mobility. Excellent for teachers to learn the best muscle isolations for yoga in the rotator cuff and shoulder girdle. Shed the layers of tension and strengthen your root muscles of weight bearing. This is a very gentle practice, anatomy rich, all materials provided. All levels. Limited to first 16.

Sacroiliac Pain Explained | Hip – Pelvis – Spine Muscle Therapeutics

Fix your pelvis from driving, skiing, cycling, running, and living in a chair for 1/3rd of your life. Distinguish your hip from your pelvis and your pelvis from your lower spine. Learn to deeply rotate your thigh bone with a stable pelvis. Safe backwards bending! Tools for relieving sciatica and sacroiliac joint pains. A MUST for teachers. Postures practiced time permitting. For all levels. Anatomy rich. Limited to first 16.

Pranayama Physiology

pH control and Neuro-Vascular Health

Regulate mind activity with controlled breathing (hypo-ventilation). Great for beginners and teachers alike. All will learn controlled breathing patterns to tap into parasympathetic (rest-digest) nervous system. The vocabulary and western science of eastern breathing. Pranayama for mouth, nose, and single nostril breathing is taught – according to the capacities of participants. Yoga is the stopping of breath disturbance. How to safely progress in breath holding will be detailed. The secrets are in the little details. Mind-set, subtleties of your nervous system, and how mind-energy-nervous system communicates is included. I am authorized by BNS Iyengar to teach the ashtanga primary series pranayama. I also teach from my personal studies.

Hormone Control | Focus and Self Talk

This is a breathing class designed to give you a life changing experience of self-talk and inner dialogue. Discern fight-flight from rest-digest. Develop your personal awareness of your vascular system and how it carries hormones. Talk with your body, back and forth, listen and communicate. You will receive individual attention that will level up your inner yoga experience. Some yoga or energy movement system experience recommended.

Pranayama leads into chakra meditation. Mudra, bandha, and chakra theory can accompany events as desired or needed.

Bandha and Chakra Programming

Bandha means to bind prana with matter. What is prana? Energy awareness and mental activity is prana. This event covers physical practices for energy awareness around your pelvic floor, lowermost belly, tongue, neck and head. Control your mind with bandha practice. Help yourself take even deeper inhales and more complete exhales. This is a beginner workshop on an advanced topic. Any level is welcome. All levels will grow.

Chakra Programs and Inner Voice

Control your mind with energy awareness. This event covers physical practices for energy awareness and mental control around your pelvic floor, lower belly, diaphragm, heart, tongue, neck and head. Techniques to take deeper inhales and complete your exhales. Exercises to become aware of your self-talk and refine your inner voice. This is a beginner workshop on an intermediate topic. Physically gentle practice. Any level is welcome. All levels will grow. Be ready to take notes.

Intermediate/Advanced Vinyasa

Create bandha (energy seals) within key joints. Stack bones and make your posture alive, efficient, and safe. Animate your spine and pelvis. Coax your breath out of hiding and make your breath fully available. Observe your mind as you practice. Vinyasa can be super slowed down around the following posture groups:

  • Hand balancing
  • Back bending/Twists
  • Hip rotation
  • Inversions
  • Forward bending
  • Standing poses

Inner Alchemy Vinyasa | Self Image and Inner Divine

Change negative self-talk and self-image into golden thinking! Alchemy comes from ancient Egypt (Kem), a science of the mind and sun worship. Brighten your inner dialogue and your self image. Nerve tensioning, precise postural language, and active movements into postures. Invigorate even the most experienced yogi. To change your self-image will reward you the rest of your life. Beginners welcome! Some yoga experience is recommended.

Self-Talk into Handstand Progressions

Catch your handstands without the struggle. Safe shoulders, strong mindset, and stable wrists! Come for micro-progressions in mobility, strength, and balance. Leave with more awareness of self. Expand your limits with a proper warm up and cool down to relax your system before you go. Upper back, neck, and wrist therapy is emphasized. Participants should be able to hold a very still downward dog position for 10 breaths. Otherwise all levels welcomed.