chris chavez in the house

We love Chris Chavez – so much so that we’re always calling him up to play when he’s in town. The yoga instructor and longtime lululemon ambassador opened up his house (and heart) and let us peek into his life as a yogi. *Spoiler alert: it involves a dedication to practice, a lot of travel and even a little beer.

chris chavez - meditation

you’re a yogi-on-the-go if we’ve ever seen one. Got a favourite destination you’ve travelled to?
We get asked this a lot and I think I have favourite things about every place that we go. One thing about travelling is that you have to make every place home. If you don’t you become very “un-rooted” in yourself and you start to get stressed out. I try to look forward to the place we’re going next and start saying in my mind “oh, I can hardly wait to see so-and-so or go eat here or pick up fresh bread there.” That just helps me get rooted.
chris chavez - yoga poses - anusara style

we’re always so excited when you’re in town, what’s your favourite thing about Vancouver?
The seawall! Is that what you call it? When we arrive that’s one of my favourite things to do. You know, drop the stuff, put some walking shoes on and just walk the seawall. Also, the yoga studios here – I think they add a quality of life that most cities in the world don’t have.

chris chavez - yoga poses

is there a pose you resist the most?
YES! Those are the poses that whenever my wife leads a practice she purposely includes. I’m always like… “argh I hate this pose, I hate this pose!” Typically it’s deep backbends that I avoid the most. What’s interesting is that it’s those poses that I say “okay I’ll be a real yoga teacher when I can do this pose.” Then every time I hit that pose the mark just moves a little bit further. I think it’s what keeps me excited about the practice and growing as a student as well.

chris chavez - music - guitar

we know you’re a musician yourself, do you have a favourite band or song?
Favourite band or song, umm, I go through periods. Lately I’ve been on a Coldplay/Snow Patrol kick. Right now when I wake up in the morning I’ve been putting on… I think it’s called “Crack the Shutters”… I start making breakfast and put that on and then I’m like “don nah nadkjf dfggf” (trying to sing along) and I don’t know any of the words other than "CRACK THE SHUTTERS, bah…de...dem!” and then I just let them take it from there…

what's the last movie you saw?
Ah the last movie I saw… in its entirety? It was probably like, the Hangover (laughter).

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i was fortunate enough to participate in a workshop with Chris in Hong Kong. He is inspiring, supportive and blessed with a gift on how to share his knowledge and experience with others.

Comment by kim — February 21, 2012 @ 1:21 am

Chris !!! He is really a funny guy and a great teacher. We’re longing to see him around in Ankara. Love, Ece

Comment by Ece — February 21, 2012 @ 2:25 am

Funny, I am going to one of his classes TONIGHT at Cihangir Yoga in Istanbul. I am even more pumped now! :)

Comment by Lacey deVries — February 21, 2012 @ 3:21 am

Love Chris Chavez — such a kind person in addition to being a great yoga teacher. Thank you for giving us more insight to THE MAN!

Comment by Leslie Salmon — February 21, 2012 @ 5:02 am

Wow. I am a new teacher and love to read how yoga is touching all people of different beliefs, and backgrounds. The diversity of the yoga community is a strong source of celebration.

Comment by Shirley — February 21, 2012 @ 5:48 am

LOVE the videos as always- so nicely done! I like how he spoke about what poses he is resistant to the most (I tend to forget teachers are students too!). That’s awesome that you got to interview some one so grounded and inspiring- really cool Allessia!

Comment by Anil N. Singh — February 21, 2012 @ 5:50 am

I’ve never taken a yoga class as of yet. Have been tempted. Chris has inspired me (by his photos alone) to try it. Thank you for sharing.

Comment by Cathy Shaheen — February 21, 2012 @ 8:46 am

Great photos! Chris is an inspiration.

Comment by Lyndi — February 21, 2012 @ 11:10 am

What were the five yoga poses that Chris started first started with?

Comment by Helene — February 21, 2012 @ 1:46 pm

I was fortunate enough to practice along side Chris Chavez in an extremely demanding (for me anyway!) arm balancing workshop last year. It was an inspiring experience to say the least. You know how it is when the room seems so connected in breath, awareness and energy that the flow and ease of movement comes more readily? Well I was flying high while staying grounded, and was invincible while remaining cognizant of my boundaries. It was truly a moment of time in my life that will never be forgotten.

Comment by Sandy — February 21, 2012 @ 1:46 pm

Thank you Lulu for this great video of one of my favourite people on earth. Chris Chavez rocks on and off the mat!

Comment by Nico Luce — February 21, 2012 @ 2:40 pm

I am really glad to see evidence that yogis are human, too- because I put so much pressure on myself during yoga I typically end up just having an anxiety attack instead (quite counter-productive, I know!)… So it is awesome to read that even “the greats” have personal struggles to overcome. Takes off some of the heat. Thanks for sharing!

Comment by Rachel — February 21, 2012 @ 3:02 pm

What a beautiful video. Ah, I loved watching it! Put a smile on my face. Good job media lulus!

Comment by Ari — February 21, 2012 @ 7:42 pm

Love Chris
Love Ozlem
Love lulu
xx <3

Comment by Coco Ferrari — February 22, 2012 @ 10:10 pm

Ever since I’ve met Chris, which is around a year and a half back, he has been a great inspiration for me. I try carrying his message to my loved ones and say: “hey guys, you should do yoga! its easy, its fun, its simply awesome!!” Thanks for the video, it will for sure help me with my message :)

Comment by Selim Tansug — February 23, 2012 @ 11:35 pm

Chris, is one of those people that serves you with such modesty that it may take years to get how deep and refined those teachings are…a guy that is simple, humble and available yet soo precious. No matter what he teaches, he will inspire :)

Comment by hande tariman — February 26, 2012 @ 2:07 pm

thank you Chris for taking all kilometers each month to share your enourmous and fantastic classes with us.

Comment by Deniz Ucar — April 20, 2012 @ 2:24 am

He seems lovely. I look forward to taking a class with him one day, if I should be so lucky!

Comment by sarah x — April 27, 2012 @ 1:34 pm

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