Biography - Chris van der Merwe

Chris van der Merwe, Level 2 Authorized Ashtanga Yoga Instructor from KPJAYI

Chris opened the Namaste Pacific Yoga Center in Pacific Beach, San Diego with the aim of making a difference in the community.

His vision was to create an environment where everyone could practice Yoga. Because Yoga is for everyone, it doesn't matter how fit, flexible, strong or healthy you are, as long as you are not lazy, Chris can help you practice Yoga!

"I believe in the physical, emotional and mental benefits of Yoga and a holistic approach to health and living. I've seen the life-changing results in many people and also in my own life personally."

Chris has traveled the globe studying Yoga, including almost yearly trips to India to the Ashtanga Yoga Research Institute with Sri K Pattabhi Jois and Sri Sharath Jois who has granted Chris Level 2 Authorization to teach Ashtanga Yoga. has been He has also received his Yoga Alliance designation as an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT 200).

Chris also has many years experience as a certified Metabolic Typing Nutrition Advisor and he has studied both health and fitness nutrition.

Chris is a registered E-RYT 500 with Yoga Alliance