Chip McLain is a Miami Beach based yoga instructor, former college athlete, and US military veteran. He found yoga in 2013 as a way to recover his health after a long battle with Crohn’s Disease and debilitating back pain. Through the practice, Chip has come to understand that the power of yoga lies in its ability to unlock the therapeutic energies within the practitioner. “To me, yoga is holistic therapy,” he says. “the sequences and philosophies are designed to strengthen and heal, and I teach so I can share that strength and healing with others”
In the hot room, Chip is best known for a pragmatic approach and a focus on strength, breath work, and alignment that create a therapeutic, moving meditation. He establishes an accessible environment that is both intense and lighthearted, while being held within a deeply spiritual framework. Chip’s deep love of the practice inspires and holds space for an authentic union of mind, body, and spirit that allows his students to connect more deeply to their practice than they could have ever imagined.
A lifelong learner, Chip is an avid student, seeking out the best teachers and having trained extensively in vinyasa, hatha, and yin yoga. Chip has studied under world renowned teachers including Ted Grand, Jessica Robertson, Rod Stryker, Noah Mazé, Annie Carpenter, Schuyler Grant, Chad Dennis and Jenn Perry, Tiffany Cruikshank, Joe Barnett, Adam Ballenger, and Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, to name a few.
Chip was born in Monterey, CA, and grew up in eastern Kentucky in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. He is veteran of the United States Navy, where he served as a Surface Warfare Officer. Chip received a Bachelor’s Degree from Centre College (KY) in 2000, where he was a 4 year letterman in basketball. Chip currently resides in Miami Beach with his incredible dog, Walter.