Chris Olaes

“Anything Worth Doing is Hard”

I got into yoga after I got injured from running and other sports. I was never a believer in neither yoga nor its benefits until after I took my first class. After I took my first class, I found the practice both physically and mentally challenging while being refreshing. Over the course of the next several months, yoga has brought me peacefulness of mind while helping center me.

I like Baptiste style yoga because it is a well-designed practice. It is about possibility, integrity, non-violence, self-care, and instant forgiveness. The practice has profoundly impacted my life in how I treat myself and how that translates off the mat into the world.

I am passionate about assisting others to help them know their potential possibilities.

200-hour RYT, Spring 2018 @ Dancing Mind

Chris Teaches...

Power Vinyasa

This 60-minute class consists of 53 poses (or asanas) linked together by breath. The 5 pillars of the Baptiste practice are: Drishti (gaze), Ujjayi (breath), Bandhas (extremities to centerline and core), Tapas (heat)*, and Vinyasa (flow). Vinyasa is the flow that occurs when we connect movement with breath. In the practice of power yoga each cycle of breath sets the tempo of movement and creates momentum. Momentum builds heat and cardiovascular health. Each pose, and the pose between each pose, occurs with an inhale or an exhale. There is fluidity in vinyasa that brings freedom to the body and a “moving meditation” that frees your mind. You will find that even in relative stillness, each moment of vinyasa has movement and holds opportunity for exploration. In vinyasa you will think less and be more, staying out of your head and letting your body and soul shine. Creativity and discovery await if you surrender, let go, and flow.

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