I am a 45-year old father, partner, environmental consultant, cycle commuter and amateur musician. I met Rob seven years ago through a mutual musical friend, and since that time we have regularly played and recorded music together.
A little over two years ago, the anxiety which I had experienced for most of my life reached a crescendo and I began to try to understand and manage it in a number of different ways, including psychotherapy, medication (SSRIs) and exercise (cycle commuting).
At this time, and with Robs encouragement, I also joined his Friday morning Yin-Yang yoga classes at Home of Yoga, then based in Mosman Park. I immediately became, and remain, one of a group of Robs regular students. Here are some of the reasons I value Robs yoga teaching, and the ways in which his teaching has helped me in my journey with anxiety so far.
Rob presents yoga practice as an approach to life rather than just a physical activity carried out in a classroom. During his classes, he regularly shares insights from his life experience and his work as a Counsellor, which have helped me to better understand my own mind and body and to develop my own yoga practice.
Robs classes bring together a variety of techniques including held poses, more dynamic sequences, meditation, breathing and sound. I find his explanations of these techniques easy to understand, and his classes have been a catalyst for me to further investigate and incorporate meditation and breathing techniques into my own healing process. Rob also brings his skills and experience as a Counsellor
I appreciate Robs ability to plan and improvise classes that seem to me to be in harmony both with the needs of his students and with the seasons in which they take place. I find his classes enjoyable: they are a highlight of my week. I also find them challenging as a yoga beginner with relatively limited flexibility, but with Robs guidance I have learned to slowly relax and create space for my body to move into, rather than instinctively stretching and risking injury.
If you have any questions with regard to my experience of Robs yoga teaching, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Yours Sincerely, Tore Pedersen