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Christian Ralston

Location: Sydney, Australia Level: 200hr Prana Vinyasa Studio(s): Mind Body Life

Christian was drawn to physical endeavours from a very young age. Known by parents and relatives as a handful of a kid, he was quiet and introverted but had boundless amounts of energy.

Being forced to sit still at school was particularly challenging and, when determined efforts failed to translate into good marks, he channelled his strength into excellence on the sports field. Rugby League dominated Christian's high school years, playing two or three days a week and getting bashed around a bit.

The eve of 1993 was a very big deal. A New Years dance party birthed a deep passion for electronic music that led him underground, to the warehouse parties of the early 90s. Inspired and respectful of the DJ's of the time, whose music made people so incredibly happy, he used every spare cent hunting records, and every spare second learning to mix. A dream job at Sydney's iconic Central Station Records followed, his musical depth and appreciation expanding to find him as comfortable playing a Sundayafternoon chill session as a banging 2am dance floor.

Christian's first yoga experience was strikingly underwhelming, involving a baggy-panted teacher asking him to do strangely impossible things to his gym and rugby tightened body. The next time was better. It was Bikram and he was hooked. He became more mobile, and regained motion in a twice-reconstructed knee. Strength became balanced with flexibility, and with it a mind-body connection he had never known before. He discovered parts of himself that had been hidden, and learned that it's possible to feel softness, empathy and compassion while keeping your masculinity intact.

Completing yoga teacher training in 2012, Christian headed straight up front of class. Seeking out the most respected leaders in the tradition he has studied with Shiva Rea, Maty Ezraty, Ana Forrest, Les Levanthal, Noah Maze, Simon Park, Chanel Luck and Sarah Powers, and continues to learn from BodyMindLife's Noelle Connolly and Origin of Energy's Aaron Mckenzie.

Christian now combines his love for yoga with his passion for music, creating thoughtful and challenging classes accompanied by outstanding soundtracks. You can find him teaching at BodyMindLife, Flow Athletic and Egg of the Universe studios in Sydney, and spinning tracks at Wanderlust Australia & New Zealand, Lost Paradise festival and Sydney's best venues.