Chris Crotty is a Buddhist teacher, adjunct professor in alternative medicine, and Hatha yoga instructor. He offers classes, workshops and retreats, and counseling and mentoring to individuals motivated to understand how contemplative practice can foster an awareness that serves both the reduction of suffering and the maturation of an authentic life.
Chris’s work focuses on the integration of Theravada Buddhism’s emphasis on awakening and ethics with the Mahayana ideal of compassion and service, and the synthesis of practice and study. He is also influenced by the fields of ecopsychology, attachment theory, and contemplative, pastoral, and palliative approaches to sickness, aging, and end-of-life care.
Chris has practiced meditation since 1998. He has trained with Burmese monastics Sayadaw U Indaka, Sayadaw U Tejaniya and Bhikkhu Analayo, western monastics of the Zen and Thai Forest tradition, and senior western Vipassana teachers. His main practice is Vipassana (insight).
Chris’s yoga combines yin, viniyoga, and kripalu, with trauma-sensitive methodologies and mindfulness. His teaching blends slow vinyasa forms with long static holds, balancing physical strength and meditative awareness. His yoga teacher training program, Hatha-Dharma, is offered at yoga centers internationally.
Chris is the guiding–teacher at Against the Stream Boston, retreat teacher at Inward Bound Mindfulness Education, adjunct professor at Johnson State College, VT, and a Hospice Volunteer. He has taught at 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. He holds a Masters degree in Ecopsychology, Sustainable Leadership, and Buddhist Practice.