Christopher Interdonato, E-RYT 200, RYT 500

 

Stillness is where we make an impression on the body. This is what my very first yoga teacher said to me and it has stuck in my mind ever since. It is in the stillness, the dawn before sunrise and dusk after sunset, where I discovered true serenity. From the time we are born, we are habituated to a world that can be utter chaos, but the practice of yoga has shown me that inner peace is always available to me if I seek it. My approach to teaching yoga is a direct reflection of my own journey with the practice: I teach classes that push the body and mind outside of the box and into the realm of the spirit.

I came to the mat looking for a workout. After that goal was accomplished, I realized there was space for so much more. Yoga Is everywhere and everything - in the simplest gestures and in the most complex interactions. When you take up the life of a yogi, it’s a full-time job. I choose to teach yoga because of the deeply profound impact it has had on my life. Whether a student is seeking transformation or seeking a cardio exercise, I feel obliged to make the practice available and accessible so that they might have a similar experience.

I am designated as RYT-500, meaning I have over 500 hours of formal training in yoga. I completed a 200-hour training program in power yoga and a 300-hour training program in dharma yoga. I hold additional certifications in restorative yoga, yin yoga, and 11th step yoga. I have studied with teachers from all backgrounds, including Ashtanga, Iyengar, Jivamukti, Bikram, and Vinyasa as well as several others. My personal practice falls in the realm of hot power yoga, usually in a room heated to 110 degrees. Sri Dharma Mittra ends his classes with a reminder to “Be receptive.” This has shown me the dichotomy of the role of the teacher: while I may be instructing a class, I will always be a student and eager to learn more.

Outside of yoga, I love reading, being outdoors in nature, playing the cello, exploring new cities when I travel, and learning as much as I can to support my teachings as well as my constant thirst for knowledge I also collect antiques, oddities (with a penchant for the strange and unusual), and religious art and iconography..

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