Christian was born and grew up in Brooklyn, NY. He was raised by a father who painted the rivers that they canoed in the summer and meditated before bed, and a mother whose garden took up a little more of the backyard every summer, and who told Christian he could be whatever he wanted to be in this life. He began practicing yoga in 2002 as a way of managing chronic anxiety and insomnia in post 9/11 New York. The results were so staggering; he knew he had to share the practice with others and completed the residential Jivamukti teacher training in 2007, and his 800-hour apprenticeship with Rima Rabbath in 2008.
A life-long musician and student, Christian has been playing guitar in New York clubs since he was 14 years old. After completing a B.A. in History from Stanford University in California and studying Japanese language and culture in Kyoto for 6 months, he returned to New York to be near his friends and family. He is tremendously grateful to his amazing teachers Sharon Gannon and David Life for creating the Jivamukti Yoga Method: a path that opens both the heart and the mind and one that serves as an antidote to the chaos of modern life. He is also deeply indebted to Ruth Lauer-Manenti for her brilliant teachings, and especially to his mentor Rima whose close and loving attention is a blessing beyond words. If there is anything of any value in his classes, it is because of the gifts he has received from these beautiful teachers.