Chris Gordon

Chris Gordon has been teaching yoga classes and workshops for the past 20 years. He is Owner/Director of Big River Yoga and is also a healer, specializing in Thai Massage and leads Thai Massage Trainings in the twin cites and beyond. Chris delights in his meditation practice and loves being active. He enjoys bicycling, running, and gardening. In his classes, Chris applies the ancient teachings of yoga to everyday life. He is passionate about teaching, is clear, down to earth and reverent.


Chris Gordon instructs the following:
  • asana & meditation (mixed)
  • Asana practice (mixed level) to prepare for breath work (pranayama) and 20 minutes of meditation.

  • Restorative Yoga
  • Restorative yoga is designed to help relax and renew the body on many levels; the nervous system, emotional distress, physical tension, and more. Under the soft glow of candlelight to evoke the sacred, poses are supported by props while relaxing music is played and poetry is read to encourage introspection and relaxation. 

  • align & flow (2)
  • For contunuing and intermediate students. Focus on alignment and the breath. Poses consist of sun salutations, standing poses, twists, back bends, inversions, and seated poses. Modifications and props are provided to help students access the poses safely and effectively. Philosophy is woven into the fabric of the class to help students embody the teachings of yoga.

  • beginners
  • Ideal for those new to yoga. Build a solid foundation for a safe and joyful yoga practice.

  • align & flow (mixed)
  • Mixed level class. Focus on alignment and the breath. Poses consist of sun salutations, standing poses, twists, back bends, inversions, and seated poses. Modifications and props are provided to help students access the poses safely and effectively. Philosophy is woven into the fabric of the class to help students embody the teachings of yoga.

  • gentle yoga
  • This class takes a gentle approach to a yoga. Using the wall, chairs, bolsters and blankets we modify yoga postures to meet the needs of varying abilities. Breathing is emphasized and meditation is introduced.

  • Thai Massage Practitioner Training (5 Weekend Course)
  • Each weekend consists of 12 hours of class time primarily devoted to demonstrations and supervised thai massage practice. New techniques will be presented throughout each weekend. By the end of the five weekend course students will have learned and reviewed four main positions and will have the skills to give a full body thai massage. The training is primarily hands on with guidance from the instructor. The general sequence of this training is common amidst many schools in Thailand. Anatomy will be reviewed as we cover various sections of the body. Time will be dedicated to practicing yoga and meditation to help students develop comfort while working and an ability to remain present during the learning experience.

    Fundamentals/Supine Position Weekend 1: Sep. 8-10
    Thai Massage Fundamentals weekend provides instruction on how to perform Thai Massage in Supine Position. Supine position includes very effective ways to release tension and open the legs, hips and shoulders. Fundamental techniques and a traditional sequence of positions will be taught. 
     
    Supine Position Weekend 2: Sep. 22 - 24
    Supine position includes very effective ways to release tension and open the legs, hips and shoulders. Time will be dedicated to practicing yoga and meditation to help students develop comfort while working and an ability to remain present during the learning experience. Additionally we will deepen our understanding of the energy system of this healing art and how the Sen lines play a significant role in the work we do.
     
    Side Lying Position Weekend 3: Oct. 13-15
    This weekend will focus on techniques of the side-lying position. Students learn effective techniques to go deep to unwind typically tight areas in the hips and shoulders. Access the shoulders and hips from this alternative vantage point. This is also a great position for people that cannot lay down on their backs, including pregnant woman. During the weekend there is time for review of what we learned in previous weekends and also the opportunity to work on friends and community members.
     
    Prone Position Weekend 4: Oct. 27 - 29
    This weekend will focus on techniques of the seated and prone position. Prone and seated positions provide excellent access to the hips, spine and shoulders. Students learn effective techniques to release chronic tension around the spine, hips and shoulders. During the weekend there is time for review of what we learned in previous weekends and also the opportunity to work on friends and community members.
     
    Seated Position Weekend 5: Nov 10 - 12
    Seated position weekend includes dynamic techniques to effectively access the neck and shoulders and spine. There is time for review of what we learned in previous weekends and also the opportunity to work on friends and community members.
     
    Weekend Schedules: Fri 6-8:30pm, Sat 1-6, Sun 1-6 
    Cost: $1800 for the full five weekend course.
    Earlybird pricing: $100 off when paid in full before Aug 1
    60 CEU's will be earned thru NCBTMB for all five wknds.