Hi, I'm Bob. I am a full-time yoga teacher (EYT-500) and personal coach based at Heart of the Village Yoga Studio and Boutique in Manchester, Vermont USA. I teach classes in Power Flow Yoga, Yin Restorative Yoga, Yoga for Core Strength, and Aerial Yoga (including Anti-Gravity Power Yoga-X-Training). I strive to continue learning from others, to help build community, and to teach yoga postures, meditation and breathing with integrity, clarity and compassion. In my yoga classes, I include components of intelligent sequencing and postural alignment. Each class is intended to educate students about the practice. I strive to connect with students and discover ways in which I can assist each of them on their life's journey.
It is my experience that when people work together in a spirit of mutual support, building cooperative relationships, and recognizing each other with a sense of dignity and understanding, they thrive. They feel empowered to be authentic. They express their own personal power... and find happiness.
I have been coaching sports and outdoor recreation for over 40 years. I am a PSIA / AASI certified ski and snowboard instructor, an ACSM certified personal trainer, a NOLS outdoor education alumni, and a certified functional strength coach. I have been training skiers, snowboarders, athletes with disabilities, combat veterans, aging adults and young adults for years. More recently, I have been integrating yoga, outdoor education and functional strength training into classes, workshops and other programs that I lead, all intended to help bring out the best in each student.
My professional career began as a structural engineer and timber home designer; I understand alignment, forces and the biomechanics of movement. I am a creative problem-solver and enjoy creating positive solutions for people. During my professional engineering and design career, I was also a coach! I mentored many younger engineers, created team-building and staff-training programs, and generally coached others to thrive in their careers – always building off of personal strengths and capabilities. Since 2009, I have developed and facilitated many health and wellness programs for veterans with PTSD. With the Adaptive Sports Foundation, I helped develop Warriors in Motion. In 2011, I co-founded Warriors Live On in San Diego. I have also recently worked with veterans to lead therapeutic wilderness hikes with North East Warrior Hiking Club and was recently a founding board member of Adaptive Sports at Mount Snow.
My yoga training has been diverse, beginning with Astanga-based Power Vinyasa Yoga, and including adaptive yoga, therapeutic yoga, aerial yoga, Yin yoga and Bhakti yoga. I thank all of my teachers, including Beryl Bender Birch, Eoin Finn, Mathew Sanford, Nikki Meyers, Jessica Lubin, Biff Mithoefer, Manoj and Jyothi Chalam, Gaura Vani, and Sean Johnson... and Jo Kirsch!
I enjoy helping individuals and groups of people to see new perspectives, to synthesize ideas, to learn, to be inspired, and to be their best! I enjoy helping people discover their own unique gifts and purpose in life. My work often begins with attention to a physical-body practice; it usually leads to an enhanced way of living - empowered and supported... and joyful. I realize that my skills are usually just seeing the best in each other and facilitating the sharing of possibilities wherein we all see new perspectives in our lives!