Chris

Chris is a clinical Hanna Somatic Educator and Practitioner, Maryland Certified Massage Therapist, 500 hour yoga and Pilates teacher with over 17 years experience and is currently pursuing a Masters Pilates certification. She considers herself a mood movement detective who's focus is to help you achieve full range of movement in a pain-free body. Her background as an Irish dancer, athlete and musician give her personal insight into the mechanisms of chronic pain and her education and neurophysiology and hands on experience guide her work in creating custom tailored movement and Bodyworks sessions to help you move throughout life pain-free.


Chris instructs the following:
  • [COL] Flow Yoga and Meditation
  • [COL] Held at the Columbia Studio.  In this 75 minute class, you will move for 60 minutes and finish with a 15 minute guided meditation. Get the benefits of both the active and restful practices of yoga.  Connect your movement with your breath and flow between poses with grace. In this class practice flowing sequences and sun salutations that balance energy and reduce physical and mental stress. Build strength and endurance, increase balance and flexibility.

  • [COL] Flow Yoga
  • [COL] Held at the Columbia Studio.  Connect your movement with your breath and flow between poses with grace. In this class practice flowing sequences and sun salutations that balance energy and reduce physical and mental stress. Build strength and endurance, increase balance and flexibility.

  • [COL] Pilates Mat Challenge
  • [COL] Held at the Columbia Studio.  Pilates is a system of movement that focuses on engaging the mind with the body to create exercises that involve the whole body. Every exercise is performed with attention to breath, proper form and efficient movement patterns. Pilates strengthens the core, improves balance, increases coordination and reduces stress. The mat repertoire will challenge you using body weight and small props. With small class sizes, this mixed level class will offer variations and modifications to suit all levels.

  • Yoga for Stress Management
  • Stress affects us in many forms throughout our day.  Some stressors are good and others are bad.  Our minds and bodies are complex; the marvel of the intricate and subtle as art the ways in which our physical and emotional selves react to outside stress.  
     
    The practice of yoga provides tools to deal with stress more effectively.  With increased knowledge about the body, it's energy systems, our brains, and those interrelationships, we can learn to live more integrated lives in a healthful way.
     
    This workshop will cover postures to regulate stress's effects on our bodies, some mindful practices to help calm the nervous system, breath and sound techniques to center and ground attention, and meditation to calm the mind.
     
    All levels welcome.
     
    This workshop is $40 (10% off automatically for all Unlimited Class and Gym Members)

  • [COL] Tower
  • [COL] This class is held at the Columbia Studio.  Apparatus springs will assist or challenge your workout. Total body resistance workout using Pilates principles. Focus on control of movement. Increase your flexibility, strength, and balance. Suitable for all levels with previous Pilates experience and those who have taken a minimum of 1-3 intro to equipment classes.