Ray and Nina Crist now reside in Greece. They travel the world teaching and share their deep knowledge and love for tai chi, yoga and shamanism, online and in person in the United States, Costa Rica, Greece, Peru and the Caribbean.  

-Flow Summit 2022 -

"Flow Summit speakers represent the most important spiritual coaches, guides and teachers our time has to offer!"

"Ray Crist brings to light the essence of Shamanism and how it can be understood and applied in our everyday life in the modern world."


Nina Crist 

I grew up close to nature in Maine and was called from a young age to live a spiritual path in service of uplifting and developing others. I always knew that my life would focus on offering nourishment and support to those around me.  At 17 I  began training extensively in the martial arts, drawn to a deeply traditional, non-competitive, nature-based delivery of these ancient teachings in which discussion of the virtues and on becoming your best self, was held side by side with the physical forms.

I have  lived, breathed, studied, and taught the martial arts, learning the essence of each style: Karate, Aikido, Jiu-Jitsu, Tai Chi, Chi Gung, Kung Fu, and more. I am a black belt with the title of Young Master and have  taught for many years  black belt level techniques and is a keeper of this ancient wisdom.

I have been a faculty member and luminary presenter at Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health  As a teacher, I draw from my deep practice and study of pranayama, mudras, meridians, postures, alignment, and the subtle body. I am a graduate of the Jaguar Path training in yoga & shamanism and now I co-lead these programs with Ray while expanding the Jaguar Path’s Tai Chi offerings.

I am  honored to utilize the decades of traditional training and my own deep practices, to make these ancient arts accessible to all students of all levels. It is my life’s work to peel back the layers of dogma and fear that surround this ancient wisdom so that people from all walks and all stages of life can benefit. I have heart-centered approach to teaching and connecting and I focus on bringing out the absolute best in every person I encounters.

 - Nina Crist  

Ray  Crist

Ray Crist  is a world renowned visionary who offers his teachings from a deep well of knowledge of indigenous wisdom. He has been an apprentice and an initiate of the Q'ero Nations elders since 2006 and ever since has shared the ways of living with thousands of spiritual seekers. Ray has traveled the world and has spent the last three decades immersed in shamanism, various styles of yoga, Chinese medicine, and martial arts.  He has been offering workshops and trainings at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, NY Open Center, Yoga Journal, Blue Spirit, Bodhi Tree Yoga Resort, and other centers around the world. 

Ray’s trainings focus on how to use shamanic tools and yoga as technologies that assist us to reach an optimal state of being in order to live a balanced, empowered, and extraordinary life. 

Ray was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer in 2003 and was given 3 months to live. He left his home country of Greece and in 2005 had surgery at the National Institute of Health (NIH) where he gave up his right kidney.  After that, he ventured in search of indigenous healers. His path led him through Mexico and Peru. To his surprise, the shamans he met told him that they couldn’t heal him ... but that they could train him to become a shaman and heal himself.

Ray went on to become an apprentice of three shamans from lineages as old as the Inca civilization and the Amazon jungle shamans - spending several months of each year living with them as a family while learning, studying, and healing. He received several initiations until he arrived at the top level of the Q'ero lineage.  By the 12th year of his apprenticeship, Ray was initiated by his teacher, Don Sebastian Pauccar Flores as a Kuraq Akulleq. This Quechua title translates to “seer” or “visionary” and comes with it a directive to share the Q'ero teachings with other nations as a planetary representative of the tribe's culture and medicine. This has become the mission of Ray’s life, and he founded The Jaguar Path in 2007 as the home base for that work. 

Ray is honored to share these teachings that he holds so close to his heart. He is known for focusing on affection and humor in his delivery, softening and opening the hearts of his students to receive the accelerated healing that these teachings can offer. Ray bows to the unfathomable power of this work and to the unlimited potential of each member of the ever-growing international Jaguar Path Tribe.

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