Chris has been dabbling with yoga since 2006, but became a YES through a consistent practice in 2014.
Since then, Chris describes his experience with yoga as if he is talking about magic. “My yoga practice has helped me to develop greater strength and resilience in my body, mind and spirit and to open my heart the most it has ever opened. My practice has helped me find the courage to place my overall wellbeing as a high priority and to make some huge changes to open myself up to possibility. I view these all as real-life miracles. and I attribute them all to my yoga practice.”
Chris completed the Awakened Yoga Studio 200-hour yoga teacher training in March of 2018 and Annie Au’s Chinese Meridians and yin yoga teacher training in August 2018.
Outside of yoga, Chris says YES to nature, meditation, trail running, Brazilian jiu-jitsu and healthy, delicious foods.
I haven’t always liked yoga. Some way to start a bio, I know…but it’s the truth. Early in my journey, I did yoga with a certain distance to the practice, never quite understanding that something was missing from the experience that I truly longed connect to. I didn’t hear teachers with whom I could resonate with because everything was “love and light” and “leave it on the mat.” Whereas my world still continued when I left, and love and light was often not the case. I felt alone and entrenched in my otherness because I didn’t see many black or brown teachers, or feel seen or heard in my experiences as someone trying to learn acceptance and love for a body which I felt so much shame and judgment in.
These feelings would follow me on and off the mat for many years before I began to understand the true vastness of what yoga can be. It is a journey I am still on, building upon with each new day and with each new person that I meet. Through asana and meditation, I found a way to heal and build my sense of self-worth, and I began to listen to the echoes of a much deeper beauty of connectedness to the wider world around me.
I believe that we are all deserving of the wisdom that resides in yoga; that the nature of our practice is an exploration for how we can grow ourselves, and our communities, into more loving and peaceful spaces. For me, that is at the heart of what’s possible through yoga.
It has taken me over 7 years to learn how to cultivate a practice that makes me feel worthy and enough, however I show up to my mat. Every day, as a student, and as a new teacher (I finished 200Hr RYT in March of 2020 and I am currently completing a 300 HR RYT), I attempt to discover who I am and who I can be. Through this work, and my community building with In Flow & Free, an accessible platform for sharing, meditation and yoga, I seek to uplift and empower the spacious possibility that we all carry within us. That is my YES.
Roxanne has been practicing yoga ever since graduating Houston Baptist University and has been hooked on the mind/body connection ever since. She received her RYT 200 in 2014 and began teaching and growing from the yoga community in Houston. She earned her RYT 500 status and continues to call herself a yoga student as well as a teacher. The practice of yoga is addicting to her because of the changes that happen within the soul as well as within the body. Hot and sweaty, fast-paced vinyasa flow is her favorite style to practice and to teach. Allowing her students to push themselves, calm the mind and connect with their breath. She currently lives in Sugar Land with her husband and their beloved fur babies.
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Brynn Scally became an RYT 200 in 2012 and has been teaching in Sugar Land ever since. With a background in dance and meditation Brynn became enamored with the fluid rhythm of vinyasa yoga. In 2014 she graduated from Baptiste’s Art of Assisting. She has completed training workshops with Ana Forest, Sean Corn, Bryan Kest and Christina Sell and is continually evolving and learning in her practice. Brynn hopes to facilitate classes that lead to self inquiry, body awareness and personal discovery. She sees each class she teaches as a learning experience with her students as her teachers and aims to lead classes that create a union of energy both internally and communally.
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