Chip found yoga in 2013, and in a very real way the practice saved his life. In the midst of a nearly decade long battle with Crohn’s Disease and debilitating back pain, he was faced with a stagnating recovery until a friend and yoga teacher invited him to a hot yoga class where his life was transformed forever. A former college athlete and military veteran, Chip quickly understood the impact hot yoga could have on his health and became an avid practitioner. Within 6 months of maintaining a dedicated practice, his illness was in full remission and his back pain nonexistent. After fully realizing the benefits of hot yoga, teaching was the next logical step. “I knew from my first few classes as a student that I wanted to teach,” he says. “I fell in love with the practice and, for me, teaching yoga is a perfect fit. I am so grateful to have such an inspiring community of teachers and students to help push, pull, twist and mold me into the happy and healthy person I am today.”
Chip is a strong believer that the power of yoga lies in its ability to heal its practitioners and unlock the therapeutic energies within. He is a true method teacher whose dedication to his own personal practice has healed him physically, mentally, and emotionally. In the hot room, Chip’s focus on breath work, alignment, strength and grace creates a therapeutic moving meditation. “To me yoga is holistic therapy. The Modo Yoga series heals and strengthens the physical body, the mind, and the spirit. I teach so can share that strength and healing with others.”
Chip was born in Monterey, CA, and grew up in eastern Kentucky in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. He is veteran of the United States Navy, where he served 6 years as a Surface Warfare Officer. Chip received a Bachelor’s Degree from Centre College (KY) in 2000, and was a 4 year letterman in basketball. He completed Modo Level 1 teacher training during the summer of 2014 in Kelowna, British Columbia.