“I have complete confidence in Christy's sensitive and skillful ability to teach teachers the nourishing practice of Yin Yoga."
author of INSIGHT YOGA
"Christy is truly an amazing instructor who mixes in all types of yoga-related techniques to suit one's individual needs."
(former) CEO of Gap Inc.
"Christy creates a consistent yoga experience with her calm, abiding presence, a voice that opens one's heart space, and a precise way of communicating the various asanas. She allows students to move deeply inward while helping them to build core strength and explore their edge. She's the real deal—caring and compassionate, magical and wise. She will often share teachings through quotes and poems, setting the mood of the room with candlelight and her gentle healing adjustments."
author of RIP THE PAGE!
ABOUT CHRISTY BROWN, E-RYT 500
Teaching yoga full-time since 2000, Christy has studied in India with Sri K. Pattabhi Jois (Ashtanga yoga) and S.N. Goenka (Vipassana meditation) and in the U.S. with Sarah Powers, Paul Grilley, T.K.V. Desikachar and H.H. the Dalai Lama.
Emphasizing mindfulness, breath, alignment, targeted strength work in balance with building flexibility, Buddhism, Taoism, "sacred ecology" and other wisdom traditions, Christy weaves a creatively flowing, invigorating yet calming, centering yet expanding exploration of Self through Asana—dedicated to the highest wellbeing of the Earth and all beings.
Christy teaches Vinyasa and Yin Yoga primarily in the S.F. Bay Area. In addition to her weekly public classes, Christy leads and co-leads teacher trainings, immersions, workshops, daylongs,
collaborations with music artists, and is a presenter at Om Rising Yoga Festival in Nor Cal. She also co-leads yoga and meditation retreats at Tassajara Zen Mountain Center in the Ventana Wilderness twice annually with senior Zen teachers.
All Christy’s offerings qualify for Continuing Ed units for yoga teachers certified with Yoga Alliance.
Christy recently completed writing a book entitled Yin Yoga & The Art of Letting Go which includes an introduction to Yin Yoga's three related lineages—the Indian yogic, Chinese Taoist and Buddhist traditions—as well as photos of the primary Yin asanas, their variations, and how to use props to support differing levels of flexibility. (Learn more about the book or purchase a pre-publish copy here.)
Christy volunteers time to guest teach with Prison Yoga Project at Quentin Prison; has a background in cultural and language studies with U.C. Santa Barbara and Harvard University; spent two years as a Peace Corps volunteer in Bolivia working with indigenous basket weavers; and has been living in tiny houses since she began teaching yoga. She currently lives off-grid (including compost toilet) with her boyfriend and drives an electric car that charges primarily off solar. Her deepest hope is that together, as a global society, we can co-create an enlightened collective consciousness through individually and collectively practicing wise view, wise intention, wise thought, wise speech, wise action, wise livelihood, wise effort and wise mindfulness—together, through small actions, accomplishing great things.