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Functional Vitality is the place where you'll find updates and information about the Align Brooklyn community and Dr. Christopher Brown's chiropractic and functional nutrition practice. Stop by frequently and stay in touch!

September Instructor Spotlight: Chris Burke!

September Instructor Spotlight: Chris Burke!

Q + A with Chris Burke:


Personal Trainer/ Fitness Coach

What sparked your interest in yoga, Pilates, barre and/or functional fitness?

I like all forms of movement, but my focus is on functional movement. I was rehabbing old injuries that were effecting my ability to care for my toddler daughter and recognized the imbalances that were causing me pain. I decided it was time to fix those--and hopefully help others to live pain and injury free. It has also had a huge impact on my racing (triathlon and ultra-running).

When did you decide to start teaching these practices?

Only recently...I've been around the Align studio since it opened, and I'm stoked to start teaching here.

What fuels your inspiration and creativity?

Nature, meditation and moving my body

Favorite pose or workout?

Anything that gets (and keeps) my HR up and makes me sweat!

Favorite jams to listen to while teaching?

My ideal jams add energy and rhythm to the class. I'm always into Imagine Dragons, Bruno Mars and The Weeknd

Favorite affirmation and or/quote?

When I do good I feel good, when I do bad I feel bad, and that's my religion. --Abraham Lincoln

Favorite “healthy” treat?

No-Bake energy bites...there are many varieties but this is my favorite (https://www.gimmesomeoven.com/no-bake-energy-bites/)

Wellness is important to you because…?

It effects every aspect of our lives--health, relationships, work and beyond

Three words to describe yourself today?

Caffeinated, Motivated, Hopeful

Coolest place you have been?

Tulum, MX is my favorite place in the world

Places you want to visit?

Vietnam and Thailand are very high on my list

You feel most ecstatic and confident when you are?

Running mountain trails or swimming in the ocean

Your Patronus is?

chris b husky 1use.jpg

Well...after I googled Patronus, a quiz told me it's a Husky.

Three words that describe your style?


What challenges have you grown from and overcome while teaching or practicing?

Just letting my body guide me and letting go of any expectations and pressure of what that day or workout should "be".

Ice cream or FROYO?

FROYO--Phish Food

Happiness is…?

Sleeping in (guilt free)

Favorite Brooklyn cafe?


Coffee or tea?


Last movie you saw in theaters…?

Just to give you an idea of what it's like to have a young kiddo...the last one I remember was GRAVITY w/ Sandra Bullock...I'm very thankful for Netflix!

What brings you the most joy?

My daughter

When can we take your class?

Align Circuit, Wednesday evenings starting in September

Sign up for classes with Chris HERE!

Align Ignite is the new Align Circuit!

Align Ignite is the new Align Circuit!

Functional Posture, Functional Movement

Functional Posture, Functional Movement