Christopher Baxter

I am both a registered professional architect (RA), and master yoga educator (ERYT500). From 1978 – 1998 I was a founding member at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, an international residential yoga and wellness facility in the Berkshire mountains of Western MA.

There, I authored "Kripalu Hatha Yoga" and was instrumental in the development of Kripalu Yoga and the Kripalu Yoga Teacher Training curriculum. As a key member of the core faculty I developed curriculum and directed programs on health and wellness, stress management, pain relief, intuitive movement, communications, meditation, spiritual practice, body mind transformation, chakras, and other mind body topics.

As founding director of the Kripalu Yoga Teachers Association, I helped build it into an international organization of over 2,000 certified yoga teachers, instructing tens of thousands of students in over 30 countries. Later, as Kripalu’s Director of Yoga Development, I was responsible for research and development into the anatomical roots, healing benefits and core techniques of yoga to expand the depth and range of Kripalu Yoga. During this time I was a founding member and original facilitator of the Yoga Alliance – the national affiliation of yoga training schools and teachers in the U.S.

In 1996 in response to where my own life development was taking me, I found myself organically developing a spacious, intuitive, core-based practice I originally called Atma Yoga, now renamed Inner Sky Yoga. This methodology integrates teaching and practices from Yoga, Tibetan Buddhism, Western anatomy and physiology and key elements from a variety of movement based traditions, both East and West.

Since 2004, I have been a student in the Tibetan Buddhist Karma Kagyu tradition and have attended training retreats with Buddhist teachers including H.H. the Dalai Lama, Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, H.H. the 17th Karmapa, Bardor Tulku Rinpoche, Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche, Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche, Khenpo Konchog Gyaltsen Rinpoche, and Lama Kathy Wesley. In 2009 I began regular practice in the tradition of Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche.

Based in St Augustine, Fl, where I offer private sessions, classes, seminars, and teacher certification trainings, I teach nationally and internationally. As a father and grandfather I find myself even more determined to bring to this world a way of life that will enable us to continue to live and enjoy the gift of this precious human life.

May we be filled with loving-kindness
May we be well
May we be peaceful and at ease
May we be happy