Cris Nakano headshot in black and white

Cris Nakano

ZL Instructor

Cris Nakano feels truly alive when she is moving with intensity and purpose. For years, this meant pushing her body through a constant flow of frantic activity to overcome obstacles and beat all expectations. It took her through a BSc in Economics, a Master of International Management, an MBA, a series of successful positions in investment banking, consulting and pharma, 8 years of competitive badminton in the Brazilian national team, two Ironman triathlon races and a 110km ultra-trail run.

Since meeting Ginny in 2017, Cris has been cultivating a new way of feeling truly alive through the practices of Zen meditation, yoga and somatics, taking inspiration from the impermanence of the Alps. Cris currently works as Senior Director, Head of Business Excellence at Merck, where she has spent the past 12 years helping people living with multiple sclerosis, infertility, growth hormone deficiency and other chronic auto-immune diseases to have a better life. Her most recent project and aspiration is to bring Zen Leader programs closer to her peers in the corporate world and closer to her beloved mountains.