"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit" ---Aristotle
Christian is based in the San Francisco Bay Area, California
About the Founder
Christian Allaire was born in Michigan and raised in the suburbs of Philadelphia. Christian retired as a Senior Chief from the U.S. Coast Guard in 2008 serving 20 years on active duty, mostly at sea. After taking a 3 plus year sailing sabbatical aboard his 32 foot sailboat Christa, solo sailing 7000 miles from Newport, Rhode Island to the Caribbean, touching nearly every island in the Eastern Caribbean, he enrolled and graduated summa cum laude from Dominican University of California in San Rafael, majoring in the humanities and philosophy.
While on active duty in California, stationed at Lake Tahoe, San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Island and Alameda, Christian started to grow roots in the San Francisco Bay Area, buying a home in Glen Ellen in the California wine country. After living aboard his sailboat for several years in Sausalito, he was transferred (with boat and all) to Woods Hole MA where he ultimately retired and sailed south to warmer climes attempting to sail around the world.
Since returning to the Golden State to pursue higher education, Christian has quickly assimilated into life in Northern California. He became a popular and sought after yoga teacher, leading classes at Red Dragon Yoga in San Rafael and Mill Valley. Christian teaches at the NOW Yoga Studio opening in September 2015. Christian continued his higher education pursing a deep passion for leadership, earning a MBA in Strategic Leadership from the Barowsky School of Business.
Christian is a former licensed Master Mariner, Coast Guardsman, Mortgage Banker, Charter Boat Captain and is a passionate amateur photographer, is a voracious reader, technologist and social media enthusiast. Christian can be found on the mat or in front of the class or roaming the earth on his BMW GS series motorcycle.
Philosophy of Living
I subscribe with what M. Scott Peck wrote is his opening line of The Road Less Traveled, Life is difficult. Everything seems to flow from this statement. Why? Because it is true!
This is not a negative statement, what it means to me is that I try to look for ease within struggle and within this process a form of contentment bubbles up. This is not necessarily a go-with-the flow attitude, but constant resistance is not the path to ease. It is a discernment between when to lean into points of resistance which leads to growth or when leaning in leads to mental or physical injury. It means that I try, with limited success thus far, to spend less time on frivolous things.
It means that the path to contentment is forged by adversity, leading to mental toughness. You gotta be tough in this world.
The Human Spirit Soars when challenged