about

Chris Kourtinatos, E-RYT 500. Sincerely seeking transformation through spiritual sadhana and the integrity of daily living are what Chris most values on his journey as a teacher and life-long student. A dedicated yoga practitioner and teacher (who first learned from his mother at the age of seven), he combines three decades of practice along with over two decades of group fitness and outdoor leadership experience into his teaching and he enjoys helping students break through to new levels of ability and self-belief. While his classes vary, his signature style is a vinyasa-based mix infused with humor, kick-your-asana power flow sequences, and longer stretches for a deep opening of the body. He received his spiritual name Kiran Dev (meaning “light of God”) from Swami Mukesh-ji in Rome in 2007, a name which he does his best to live every day. Chris trained with Doug Swenson and his multi-faceted vinyasa style of yoga; Sadhana Yoga Chi and his teachers and influences also include Swami Chetanananda, Meta Hirschl, David Swenson, and Tias Little. Chris founded Grassroots Yoga in Albuquerque, New Mexico in 2010 and he currently teaches workshops, teacher trainings, and events around the US and Europe. Chris has been a presenter at the Flagstaff Yoga Festival, the New Mexico Yoga Conference, Regensberg Yoga Festival, Texas Yoga Conference, and the Sedona Yoga Festival. He has written for or appeared in Mantra Yoga + Health Magazine, Origin Magazine, Elephant Journal, Brahm