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Chrissy Gonzalez

Chrissy Gonzalez

Chrissy Gonzalez

Chrissy Gonzalez

Chrissy Gonzalez

Chrissy Gonzalez

Chrissy Gonzalez

Chrissy Gonzalez

Chrissy Gonzalez

Chrissy Gonzalez

 

Chrissy Gonzalez

Mar 3
Mar 10
2019
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Chrissy Gonzalez

Chrissy Gonzalez

Chrissy is a Chicago based yoga teacher, vegan foodie, writer, traveler, and animal lover. The onset of her love affair with yoga set in motion an active practice that has allowed her to guide others for over a decade. She teaches alignment based classes flowing with upbeat energy, harmonious movement and a positive outlook. She weaves in thoughtful yoga philosophy and intentions, encouraging her students to continue their practice of mindfulness and kindness in their daily lives. Chrissy is also highly involved in several animal rescue and awareness programs. She founded "The Yoga Pawject", a non-profit organization that leads several fundraising yoga classes throughout the year. Many of the animals in shelters who have been abandoned and often times abused are the ultimate yogi’s. When adopted, these grateful creatures become loving companions, letting go of any grudges that would otherwise tie them to their sad pasts. Chrissy feels there is a valuable lesson we could learn from these animals, and this is what inspires her to put together these special fundraisers. The discovery of yoga has evolved into a lifestyle far exceeding the margins of her yoga mat. Boundless and constantly transforming, her practice flows and adapts to her daily experience.

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Years teaching

10+ years

Style

Vinyasa, Hatha, Restorative, Pranayama & Meditation 

Inspiration

Witnessing yoga students soften

 

FAQ

What inspired you to teach yoga?

My teachers and my own journey with my practice has inspired me to teach yoga. When I discovered yoga many years ago, it had such profound affect on my life. I knew that I wanted to share this with others. My number one goal when I teach is to inspire my yoga students in the same way that I have been inspired by my teachers.

Who are your most influential teachers?

Joan Hyman, Jeanne Heileman, Annie Carpenter, Jim Bennit, Sarah Strother, Jason Crandell, Maty Ezraty, Rod Stryker, Tim Miller, Lisa Wolford, & Vinnie Marino.
 

How would you describe your style?

I teach uplifting, alignment based classes while weaving in yoga philosophy that is easy for the students to incorporate not only on their mats but in their every day life. I am honest and open with my students, giving them the tools to practice in a way that is smart, challenging but also manageable and sustainable. I try to inspire and encourage them to stay committed to their practice, even when it's not easy. Most importantly, I promote kindness and mindfulness as a mantra which is very close to my own personal practice and heart.

Why do you feel retreats are transformational?

In my past international retreats, I have witnessed the yogi's who have attended literally blossom and transform from the inside. There is something very special about practicing yoga daily while submerging yourself into a culture that's different from your own. The mindfulness that yoga instills allows the yogi's to truly be in the moment; fully absorbing the environment, the people, the food, lifestyle and nature. The experience that comes from a yoga retreat leaves a special imprint in our hearts that transforms how we see and interact in the world. In addition, the connections made with other yogis on these retreats have created deep and powerful friendships that I believe will last a lifetime.

What is your favorite pose to teach?

Since so many people have tight hips due to sitting and bad posture due to slouching, I love teaching hip openers and backbends. I get to witness the students become brighter and softer from the inside after opening up these areas in their bodies.

What is your favorite pose to practice?

Backbends have never been my strong suit, but I love practicing them, especially when the teacher really prepares your body. I also love inversions, they challenge me and frighten me in a way that is invigorating. I always feel so great after a good back bend class or inversion practice.

What are your favorite places to travel?

I love to travel anywhere and everywhere. It's been a passion of mine for a really long time. I love to submerge myself in the culture of the place I am in, and I always try to bring something back with me that I can incorporate into my life at home. In addition to traveling within the United States, I've been to India, Dubai, Spain, Italy, France, Amsterdam, Guatemala, Costa Rica and Mexico. If I had to pick one place that is my favorite, I would probably choose Mexico. I have been to Puerto Vallarta, Cancun, Tulum and most recently Sayulita. Every time I go to Mexico it feels like I'm coming home. One day I hope to buy property there and build a home/yoga retreat center.