Meet our first week beauty!
Rob is an amazing friend, yogi, and lover of hiking. Those of you who attend my classes in L.A. have seen him front & center next to me, being one of my lead back up dancers :) I thought it would be nice to get to know Rob as we often are so busy and preoccupied with our lives to truly take notice the people around us. It's important for me, even virtually, to build bonds of togetherness through our classes. Say hi to Rob everyone! instagram: sohorob
Where are you from? When did you start practicing yoga?
I’m from a small town near St. Louis, Mo. I grew up playing in farm fields and catching tadpoles and crawdads in the backyard creek.
I didn’t start practicing yoga until I moved to NYC when I turned 30. But I would hardly call it “practicing”. I saw Nicole Kidman take a class at Chelsea Piers so gave it a try solely bc I was obsessed with her.
It wasn’t until I turned 40 and started to have severe lower-back pain from Crossfit when I decided to start regularly practicing. Once I was able to commit myself to 3-4 yoga classes a week did I start really loving the practice and noticing the benefits it had on my body and mind.
What presently brings joy to your life? What taps you into happiness?
The older I get the more I realize that real joy life is about letting go of trying to please and impress people that really don’t matter to me and focusing my energy instead on the ones that do. My circle of friends is much smaller now, and that makes life so much easier and meaningful. And I’ll take a hike with my dog Charlie any day over a night at packed bar.
Key things you do to stay healthy?
Healthy diet (no processed foods, whole grains, kale smoothies, and lots of grilled fish) regular exercise (weight-training, rowing, swimming , hiking and yoga), limited alcohol consumption and sleep.
What are you presently working on in your yoga practice?
I still have difficulty with balancing poses. I remember it took me FOREVER just to learn how to stand in a tree pose without tipping over. I think it’s bc of my long legs. Currently my biggest goal in my yoga practice is trying to master a handstand without the support of a wall, and mastering a drop-back to full wheel.
What does community mean to you?
That’s a great question. One thing that quarantine life has really taught me is the importance of community. I can get great workouts in my home gym and taking online yoga classes, but the thing I miss most lately is the community aspect of our Saturday morning yoga class. It’s such a feeling of euphoria being surrounded by positive-minded yogis who all are there to improve their lives and share their love of the practice with those around them. That’s also why I love yoga retreats so much. Human beings were never designed to social-distance.