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, a 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 now call Atma Yoga. Roughly translated as “breath of the soul”, it is a new methodology that integrates teaching and practices from Tibetan Buddhism, aspects of Kripalu Yoga, scientific principles of anatomy and physiology and evocative elements of many other movement based transformational modalities.

Since 2004, I have been a student in the Tibetan Buddhist Karma Kagyu tradition and have attended training retreats with exceptional Buddhist teachers including H.H. the Dalai Lama, Zen Master Tchich Nhat Hanh, H.H. the 17th Karmapa, Bardor Tulku Rinpoche, Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche, Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche, Kenchen Konchag Gyaltsen Rinpoche, and Lama Kathy Wesley. In 2009 I began regular practice in the tradition of Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche, finding myself more and more aligning with his emphasis on the integration of joy and wisdom in daily life. Based in St Augustine, Fl, where I offer private sessions as well as classes, seminars, and teacher certification trainings, I also travel presenting my curriculum in a variety of studios.

With a daughter and now two grandkids 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. Whatever I can do to help bring the benefits of sharing a well-lived life by doing my best to contribute to the well being of others.

Oceans of Love,