Kris Brinker has been a practitioner of the internal arts in Northern Virginia—Tai Chi (Taiji), Chi Kung (Qigong), Yoga—since 1989. She has offered various private, semi-private and group classes throughout Burke, Springfield, Centreville, Chantilly, Manassas, Gainesville, Bristow, Herndon, Reston and Fairfax Virginia since 2003.
Kris Brinker has been a practitioner of the internal arts in Northern Virginia—Tai Chi (Taiji), Chi Kung (Qigong), Yoga—since 1989. She has offered various private, semi-private, and group classes throughout Burke, Springfield, Centreville, Chantilly, Manassas, Gainesville, Bristow, Herndon, Reston, South Riding, Sterling, Dulles, and Fairfax Virginia since 2003. During the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic, Kris quickly pivoted to transform her classes into a rewarding virtual online Tai Chi experience using the Zoom platform to keep her students engaged in a practicing, supportive community.
She originally turned to these practices to help manage and relieve chronic pain due to injury and stress. Realizing the tremendous benefits she experienced herself, she passionately decided to learn to teach these practices and techniques to others. She earned permissions and certifications and began teaching in 2002.
Her early roots began with traditional Yang style Tai Chi and Hatha Yoga. Kris later began classes with Peaceable Dragon instructors in 2002 and continues to focus her study and teaching on the Cheng Man-Ching variation of the Yang style form as well as numerous variations of Qigong including Taiji Shen Gong, and the Sheng Zhen Wuji Yuan Gong forms, among others.
During the day, Kris is president of TRUE creative services—her own graphic design, branding, and marketing business, and also partner and founder of Ocean 5 Strategies, a successful marketing firm—right here in Northern Virginia. She sees and experiences the stresses and pressures of her clients, and associates and strives to bring the encouragement of calm and balance into her professional, as well as her teaching world. You can find her work and experience HERE for TRUE creative services and HERE for Ocean 5.
Kris is also a certified Reiki master, enjoys hiking, racquet sports, kayaking, cooking, and visiting local wineries. In addition, she often finds a warm cup of chai and dark chocolate to be extremely inspiring.
Along with classes dedicated to Tai Chi and Qigong, Kris also offers a program entitled “Just Breathe”, a class designed to offer students practical physical, emotional, and spiritual benefits for every-day life through the use of movements and principles based on Tai Chi, Qigong, and Yoga.