Chris Byford

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Yoga came into my life right at the moment when I needed it the most. I had been practicing yoga on and off since 2000, but I didn't truly connect to the power of the practice until 2012. I was dealing with multiple medical issues, including a torn meniscus, arthritis, and tendonitis. Through my yoga practice, I strengthened my body and mind, came off of the debilitating medications that were destroying my well-being, and learned what it meant to be of service to those around me. 

The impact my practice had on my life and my relationships inspired me to share the gift of yoga with others. I am a full time yoga teacher and a true believer that a dedicated yoga and meditation practice can change a person's body, life, and way of being. I have completed over 300 hours of training with the Baptiste Yoga Institute and have served on the Baptiste Yoga team for multiples trainings.  I also have an additional 200-hour training certification from a Baptiste affiliate studio and I have completed multiple other 25 hour certifications and trainings.

I work with yogis of all ages, levels, and backgrounds; including athletes, children, and students with differing exceptionalities.  I am a teacher and the Director of Teacher Development for the nonprofit Small World Yoga. I also work closely with Metro Nashville Public Schools to help bring mind-body awareness programs and trainings into the learning environment, including teaching teachers to teach yoga and meditation, teaching yoga to facuilty and students, and helping schools create yoga programs and clubs. I love teaching others to teach and share their passion so that they can inspire others to live the biggest version of their life.