Zenshin Institute began its development in 2004 through the collaborative work of Masami and Chris Covey. In 2008, it was formally founded as the platform for Masami and Chris' educational outreach.
Today, Zenshin Method reflects our comprehensive, whole-person approach to integrating nutritional foundations, physical movements, heart-centering practices, deep relaxation, awareness, balance, and a spirit of service.
Chris has worked internationally in education and human development since 1999 as a teacher, speaker, program director, group facilitator, and nationally recognized leader.
During his years as a PreK-12 educator and school administrator, Chris witnessed an upsurge in diagnosed and medicated health conditions among children—ADHD, autism spectrum disorders, extreme allergic sensitivities, etc. After researching the phenomenon, Chris became convinced that functional nutrition was key to healing the body and restoring overall health. In 2008, Chris transitioned to a full-time focus on developing and growing Zenshin Institute with Masami.
Chris added the skills and techniques of Nutritional Therapy to extend the range of Zenshin Method. For Chris, nutrition is a direct bridge between our physical bodies, our life experiences, and our highest spiritual aspirations. After a mountain biking accident at age 17 gifted him with the life-altering effects of severe head and spinal injuries, TBI-induced depression, chronic stress, and weight gain, Chris forged a deep commitment to supporting people ready to rediscover their innate wholeness. He was eventually able to shed 60+ pounds of accumulated weight and toxicity through nutrition, vitality-restoring practices, and unlearning old habits,
Since his late teens, Chris has maintained a deep interest in non-dual contemplative traditions and remains an active student of Universal Sufism. He serves as a Guide for the Open Path Trainings and is ordained as a Universalist Celebrant for life transitions and rites of passage. Chris has also restored historical houses, published a 365-day poetry blog, and taught critical thinking and self-awareness in the global context to young adults,
Chris holds a Masters degree in Educational Psychology from the University of Colorado-Denver, and an Hons. B.A. in Political Science and Religious Studies from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. He continues to work as an educator and a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner (NTP).
An experienced somatic-body practitioner, Nutritional Therapist, Yoga Therapist, Yoga teacher-trainer, and applied linguist, Masami offers a unique framework for connecting the subtle “body language” of physiology and anatomy with breath, emotion, mind and nutrition. Masami strongly believes that we are each our own primary healer.
Masami provides highly individualized health support for all ages, using foundations of nutritional science, yoga therapy, breath work, and Ayurveda.
Nutrition has become a central focus of Masami's work. After working with clients for more than 15 years, and experiencing a complete physical breakdown of her own body in 2011 that was initially diagnosed as Multiple Sclerosis, and being injured in a severe car accident in 2012, she realized that nutrition was the missing element in healing and supporting long-lasting health.
Through her large group workshops and private practice, together with Chris, she has developed Zenshin Method. This whole-person approach empowers individuals to become experts of who they are and transform their lives.
Masami was born and raised in Japan in a bi-cultural family, and she draws extensively from her blend of East-meets-West cultural, linguistic, and energetic experience. She recognizes the power of both scientific knowledge and intuition in understanding the human experience of body, mind, and spirit.
Masami holds a Master of Science in International Business from the University of Colorado-Denver, and a B.A. in International Affairs from the University of Colorado-Boulder. She is a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner (NTP), Certified Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT), and E-RYT 500 Yoga Teacher/Trainer