Chris Crotty, M.A., Founder-Director
Chris teaches Hatha yoga combined with Buddhist thought and meditation. As an adjunct professor in alternative medicine his teaching focuses on the role of contemplative practice in physical and emotional health.
In 1998, inspired by Buddhist teachings, Chris began practicing meditation, exploring Tibetan, Zen, and Theravada traditions. He has practiced with teachers from the US and Asia, sitting the three-month “rains retreat” at Chanmyay Myaing Monastery, Burma, in 2010, and continues to take retreat annually. Chris is also trained in Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR) through the Center for Mindfulness at UMASS Medical School, the Path of Freedom Facilitator Training (PoF) through Prison Mindfulness Institute, and the Mindful School’s training for the integration of mindfulness in education.
To complement meditation and alleviate pain related to a spinal injury, Chris was drawn to styles of yoga that were therapeutic or which emphasized self-inquiry. Combining studies in Buddhism with the yoga of Don Stapleton, Kripalu, Yin, Viniyoga, and Trauma Sensitive yoga, Chris’s approach to group classes and private instruction combine a gentle teaching style with a strong encouragement toward rigorous personal growth.
Chris is currently a volunteer care-provider with Hospice. Before directing Harbor Yoga Chris taught in public and private schools, Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health’s Institute for Integrated Leadership, the Trauma Center in Brookline, MA, and was active in yoga research with Kripalu Center’s Institute for Extraordinary Living and Brigham and Women’s Hospital.