We created this Spotlight as a place for you to get to know the beautiful teachers that make up our awesome team! Our November teacher feature is Robyn Robertson.
Most of you have probably taken a class or two with Robyn over the last 2 + years. If not, you're missing out.
• What inspired you to become a yoga teacher?
I found yoga at a time in my life when I had just had a serious injury. Beyond needing a way to repair my body, I needed a way to heal spiritually and emotionally. At first, yoga was so hard for me, an All Levels class really whooped my butt. I participated in a challenge early on in my journey: 21 classes in 21 days and you received a t shirt. I really wanted that T shirt, and thought “I can do anything for 21 days”. Turns out I did the challenge and was totally hooked. Yoga transformed not only my body, but the way I look at my body. And even more so, it transformed me spiritually. I was inspired to teach, to help others love every facet of themselves, to showcase that it doesn’t matter what you look like, we are all strong, empowered and enough. I wanted to offer what I received, because in order to keep the peace and joy I found, I knew I had to give it away. I jumped into teacher training and have loved every second of teaching since.
• How do you practice yoga off the mat?
I practice yoga off the mat by doing a lot of self study, reading about yogic philosophy, and journaling about how that applies to my life. The philosophical principles of yoga have always resonated with me deeply, and it is important to me to have intention in every aspect of my life. Through this practice, I have learned how to have integrity to myself, how to say no when I need to, to let go of expectations, and to trust myself to make decisions that are good for me. I learned through this practice to have trust in my body and spirit to support me through hard times.
•What is one piece of advice you would give to any students?
Practice even when you don’t feel like it. I have never left a class feeling worse than I did when I got there. But with that being said, always make sure you listen to your body. We certainly don’t have to do a power class every time, but making it to a gentle or a restorative class when things are tough can change the whole trajectory of our day and week. Yoga is a practice, we have to show up to see the benefits.
•Share one thing with our community they don’t know about you?
I am a crazy animal lady, I have 2 dogs, 2 cats and 2 chinchillas. I also competed in horse riding competitions in college and have always had some type of four legged friend in my life.
•Tell us your favorite book or T.V. show (or both) right now?
Anything by Pema Chodron, she is a Buddhist nun, however she has a really relatable way of writing and discussing our experience that helps me to realize we are all in this together, experiencing similar difficulties and successes.