Christopher Bourke

Christopher discovered yoga quite unexpectedly during graduate school in 2007. What began as a mild curiosity soon blossomed into a deeper exploration of what connects us as humans, what helps us heal, and what supports us during difficult times in our lives.  Christopher continued to deepen his yoga practice while simultaneously building professional experience as a Social Service worker, aiding people in overcoming obstacles standing in the way of wellness.

Over the last decade, Christopher has worked with individuals living with mental health and addictions issues, specifically with youth struggling with complex health concerns.  He has seen how each person has their own inner wisdom of what they need to be well, and how yoga may be a way to connect with that wisdom.

Christopher completed a year-long 200 hour yoga teacher training program in 2016 with Queen Street Yoga in Kitchener in the Hatha lineage with a focus on alignment.  And while he had opportunites to geek out on anatomy and functional movement, his training highlighted the importance of expressing your unique self and reducing barriers that make yoga inaccessible to others.  Christopher brings wisdom and humour to his teaching and endeavours to offer classes that are lighthearted, supportive and above all, inviting to all bodies, abilities and uniqueness. 

Christopher's yoga practice has evolved from intense, vigorous classes to more mindful, restorative and therapeutic sequences.  He teaches with the hope of helping individuals rebuild their connections to their bodies, expand their range of motion, and reduce the impact of stress on their nervous system.  His training has expanded to anatomy studies with Jesse Enright and the Tensegrity Repair Series under Trudy Austin.

Christopher is currently mentoring with Andrea Soos to further his professional training in therapeutic yoga.  He was delighted to reconnect with her studio and felt right at home with its commitment to inclusivity, community and accessibility  Christopher is excited to continue this philosophy and build on the incredible work of making movement possible for all.