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"Thank you, thank you, thank you, Chris. For teaching here and tending to my studio as if where your own. For getting to know my students, who are now our students. For being so devoted to the task at hand each minute you are here. Be it signing in a new student, or encouraging a regular to do more, or closing at the end of the night. Your focus as a teacher and staff member equals your dedication as a student and all have been an honor to be a part of. You are remarkable and will flourish at anything you want to create."                                     - Sarah Ittman, Director: Bikram Yoga Hampdenhttp://bikramyogahampden.comshapeimage_11_link_0
Here’s what they have to say....
“Chris challenges me every time I attend his class.  He inspires me to push myself, helping me to notice every detail of my postures and to go beyond my perceived limits.  His enthusiasm is motivating and his energy contagious.  Truly a pleasure to have him as a teacher!”              - Virginia Zier, Practitioner
“Chris Totaro has been at our studio for about 3 months.  From the beginning, I knew he was going to be a good teacher seeing his passion to help students and wanting to share his knowledge and love for yoga.  Also, Chris is always professional and responsible which is so important for Bikram teachers.  I am very sad that he is moving back to NYC but happy for him since his plans are in New York.  We hope to see him again at our studio and our students will definitely miss his smile and his energy.”                                                                        - Diana Kang, Director: Bikram Yoga Rockvillehttp://bikramyogarockville.com/shapeimage_14_link_0
Dear Chris: Your infectious spirit is refreshing and always a pleasure to encounter in class.  Thank you for your consistent support and constructive critique over the past few months.  You had a tremendous impact on my confidence in class as well as any improvement that may have occurred.  I remain highly impressed with your deliberate attention to each individual throughout every class.  Your commitment and dedication to teaching bikram yoga is inspiring. I wish you the very best in your future endeavors.  With appreciation *sydney                                                                                                                                                              - Sydney Johnson, Practitioner
“I met Chris taking one of his first classes from training in the Cockeysville studio in Maryland. Immediately I was honored to be peers. Chris is a natural and it's been a pleasure to watch him blossom. He is thoughtful yet demanding and teaches a class that challenges you to find your best for that day without judgment.  I would highly recommend him to teach at any studio. Especially being that I am about to open a studio, I am very sorry to see him go.”                                                                                                                                                              - Kat Kelley-Chung, Director: Bikram Yoga Columbiahttp://bikramyogacolumbia.comshapeimage_16_link_0
“There is something about Chris you just have to love.  His energy is inviting and his skills as a teacher have accelerated in the brief time I've gotten to know him.  I'll miss him, but I'm excited that NYC will be able to get its hands on him.”                                                                                                                                                              - Nikki Gordon, instructor: Bikram Yoga Baltimorehttp://bikramyogabaltimore.com/shapeimage_17_link_0
“I had the pleasure of meeting Chris at training. The moment I found out that he might be living in Baltimore, I immediately latched on to him! Having already been impressed with his warm, sincere personality, I just knew he would be a great teacher and a wonderful addition to the Baltimore studio. It has been a blessing to have him around. Whereas Chris had a natural ability to connect with people, what's most impressing about his teaching is his desire to learn more. He always seems to be willing to go further and expand his own mind in order to better assist his students. Also, I never felt concerned about leaving the studio in his very capable hands. It was so nice to have him cover classes and know that not only would he teach a great class but he would also connect with students on a personal level, which is so important to true growth in yoga. Although I wish him the best, it is very difficult to lose him as a teacher. While in NYC I am sure Chris will continue to inspire and lead other people towards greatness as he pursues it himself.”                                                                                                                                                              - Eddie Garner, Instructor/Studio Manager: Bikram Yoga Baltimorehttp://bikramyogabaltimore.com/shapeimage_21_link_0
“Chris Totaro began teaching at Bikram Yoga Baltimore immediately after he returned from Teacher Training (Spring 2006). His passion for teaching and learning about Bikram Yoga is obvious from the first time you meet him. His teaching skills started strong and have consistently continued to improve; parallel to that, he continues to ask questions and seek improvement in his practice as well, which I think is essential for teachers. Even beyond the yoga, Chris is excellent as a staff member, helping new students, signing in classes, and even coming in on his day off to help us clean the studio and re-caulk the showers! When our students heard he was leaving for NYC, all were disappointed. He has been an excellent motivator, staff member, and an overall breath of fresh air. All of us in Baltimore will miss him and look forward to his future visits!”                                                                                                                                                              - Emily Garner, Instructor/Studio Manager: Bikram Yoga Baltimorehttp://bikramyogabaltimore.com/shapeimage_22_link_0
“Chris is a fantastic motivated encouraging teacher.  He gets you going and makes you work harder! Bikram Yoga Crofton is sad to see him go. He will be a great addition to the studios in NYC, they will be lucky to have him as part of their teams.”                                                                                                                                                             - Emily Norfolk, Instructor/Studio Manager: Bikram Yoga Annapolishttp://www.bikramyogaannapolis.com/shapeimage_23_link_0
“Chris has an engaging voice and a commanding presence in the front of the room. He pushes you to work your fullest capacity in each class. Though he is quick to offer praise, he is equally critical of form. Chris teaches you that to do a position correctly is more important than how far you can move into each posture. He is one of my favorite instructors.”                                                                                                                                                      - Abby Rosenbloom, Practitioner
“It really is worthwhile to completely rearrange my schedule just to have Chris as my yoga instructor.  He is a gifted teacher who motivates me to do my 100% best for 90 minutes, but also to carry that energy with me outside of class.  It is not just his amazing knowledge he shares, but his passion for the practice is so contagious that the whole room stays so focused.  He teaches proper technique in every pose and helps us individually throughout class.  He gives positive advice and picks up on little things that make a BIG difference. His classes are consistent, flow smoothly, and his voice has such a calming effect.  Chris has so much to offer his yoga students!”                                                                                                                                                      - Genny McNamara, Practitioner
“I have been practicing Bikram yoga for over four years and other hatha yoga for over 10 years.  I always know after taking a class with Chris, I will walk away, learning something new that makes a drastic change in my practice.  It is the small details that matter, and Chris is so amazing at noticing adjustments individual students may need to improve their practice.  Chris is inspiring, motivating, and will push you if he knows you are ready. His classes are challenging and incredibly fun.”                                                                                                                                                      - Alex Hewett, Practitioner
“I think you're the best teacher I have.  You teach it the right way - the way Bikram asked us to teach it.  You keep us moving, keep us from thinking; take no prisoners YEAH!  You're a super nice soul and that still comes through when you teach, but I love that you don't compromise the integrity of the yoga when you're on that podium.”                                                                                                                                                             - Joy Weiner, Former Studio Owner
“You are more than impressive and extremely skilled in you craft. You are so generous in sharing the Bikram experience with so many people. You are able to accommodate all of the various preferences and purposes...a feat that is by no means one which is easy to accomplish and almost impossible to learn...many instructors are not able to do this.
 I just think you should know what an amazing person you are. I can only say that I feel fortunate to have had you come into life...and I think you are simply a great, generous and kind soul.”                                                                                                                                                             - Caroline Powell, Practitioner
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