About Chris

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Chris became interested in yoga as a boy in the 1970’s.  Later he found an attraction to Indian culture and philosophy and was attracted to the Hare Krishna movement.  He began living by the precepts of Bhakti Yoga during the 1980’s when he eventually took Diksha (initiation) from his spiritual master Bhakti Vijaya Maharaja in 1984.

Chris continued to study yoga philosophy, and practices, coming into contact with many different schools of though, and became very interested in mind/body work, exploring Tai Chi in the Lee family style under Tony Swanson in London, as well as Ki Aikido in Brighton, attending workshops with Yoshigasaki Sensei.

In 1999 he first attended the Goenka silent ten day Vipassana Mediation course at Dhamma Dipa in Herefordshire, and has continued to return on a more or less annual basis.

After many different occupations, Chris eventually decided to train with the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre in London and undertook their yoga teacher training course.

Chris began teaching formally in London in Spring 2002 and was soon teaching six days and eight to ten classes a week.

In 2003 Chris was looking for a teacher in London, who he could continue asana study from, and was introduced to Hamish Hendry at Astanga Yoga London by Joey Miles.  Chris was impressed with the level of asana practice, and attended early morning classes with Hamish.  In 2004 Chris first visited Mysore and studied with Patthabi Jois at the then new Shala.

Chris organized and ran several retreats, one in Spain in 2004, and then three retreats in Morocco, two on the coast and one in the Mountains, under the title of YOGAMAROC.

Chris left London in 2007 and in 2008 moved to Newark in Nottinghamshire to be closer to family. He spent five years painting landscape paintings, and continuing a regular Vipassana practice.

In 2013 Chris began teaching Ashtanga in Newark, offering a five day a week morning Mysore program. Chris continues to teach Ashtanga and Sivananda classes on a weekly basis.

Chris Paris is a KPJAYI Authorized teacher and was authorized to teach the Primary series by Sharath in March 2016.