Chris Byrne is a 200-Hour Yoga Alliance Registered Vinyasa & Yin Yoga teacher serving Maine and beyond. Chris came to the practice of yoga in 2012 after rehabbing from surgery on both legs that sidelined him from running, biking and hiking for most of the year. In addition to the physical benefits that helped him recover, Chris found that yoga offered him a safe space to nurture his mind and spirit.
His first teacher training was with Sagel Urlacher with the intent to deepen his understanding and knowledge about the practice of yin yoga. It was during this training that he realized teaching yoga would become a part of his purpose. After being certified to teach yin yoga, Chris then completed his 200-Hour vinyasa training through Jacqui Bonwell’s Sacred Seeds Yoga School. He studied under the expert guidance of Jacqui, Erica Magro Cahill and Katie Beane. Chris continues his studies and is profoundly thankful for his mentors Carissa Rubin, Lindsay McDonough, and Katie Beane as sources of consistent support, inspiration and learning.
Over the course of his practice and studies, Chris has developed a belief that the practice of yoga is not a quest for a picture-perfect, magazine cover pose. Instead, the practice enables a journey of self-discovery; creating space to explore and align the mind, body and spirit. It is in this space, that we begin to practice radical acceptance – of ourselves and each other. The practice of yoga builds from there and helps us to respond to the world around us with compassion and kindness.
Chris’ approach to teaching brings thoughtful, safe sequencing that is designed to be accessible for all bodies and abilities. Accompanied by good humor and a spirited play list, he encourages you to find the shape or posture that feels right for you in the moment.
He looks forward to sharing the gift of this practice with the community around him, especially welcoming new comers to the practice of yoga and mindfulness!