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Chris Croft

As an award-winning international designer, Chris worked in the commercial world of product design for five years until illness forced him to explore deeper meaning to both life and work. He began his yoga journey in 2002; not realizing that what at first seemed like a good way to keep fit would have such a profound effect on his physical mental and emotional wellbeing.

Since leaving the commercial world of design in 2004, Chris has dedicated his life to the practice of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga through numerous trips to Europe, Asia and North America to both practice and teach.

During that time he has been fortunate enough to study with inspirational teachers Neil Barker, Kathy Cooper, John Scott, Matthew Sweeney, Paul Dallaghan, Richard Freeman, Mary Taylor and others; as well as extended trips to study under the late Sri K. Pattabhi Jois and his grandson Sharath Rangaswamy in Mysore, India.

In 2011 he was invited to attend Richard Freeman's one month Teaching Intensive in Boulder, Colorado. Richard remains Chris’s primary teacher and source of inspiration.

Having settled in Exeter, UK, he and his partner Yulia are the founders and directors of The Ashtanga Yoga Workshop - Exeter’s first purpose built studio, and home to Exeter’s only daily morning Mysore Ashtanga Yoga programme.

Outside of yoga Chris is a published author and international public speaker, leading courses and workshops on The Enneagram, an ancient wisdom that unlocks the mysteries of your deepest self.
Chris Croft
Chris Croft is a Yoga Alliance certified Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga teacher with over 900 hours of training in the UK, US, India, Thailand, Sri Lanka and Nepal. He teaches daily Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga classes in Devon and Somerset, and workshops, Intensives and retreats across the UK and Europe.

Chris is the founder and co-director of The Ashtanga Yoga Workshop:
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