so much more to my yoga practice... I began taking Nobby's class about 10 years ago, and mainly started to try to decrease my lower back pain. Little did I know there would be so much more to my yoga practice with Nobby! I am happy to say that after 4-6 months of diligent practice, I found the lower back pain relief that I was seeking, but I continued class for so many other reasons. Nobby's joyful demeanor is one. His willingness to explore and be a student himself is another. Through his insights and encouragement, I found a quiet self-confidence to trust my body. I learned to listen to my body and I was able to do many poses that I wasn't able to at the beginning. That self-confidence carried over to many areas of general living outside of the yoga mat.
Then, about four years ago, I had to stop going to the once-a-week class due to family and work issues. Unfortunately it was all too easy to stop my private practice too. I tried to keep many of our class yoga mantras in mind, but without a regular practice I lost touch with that sense of connectedness that I'd gained.
Fortunately I was able to go back to the weekly class about a year ago. I've gained strength and flexibility again, and I'm relearning my - now older - body's signals. I'm not able to do some of the poses I once did, or go as deeply into a pose. At first I found this frustrating, but with Nobby's gentle reminders, I have realized a blessing in this condition. Namely, that to find a path to where I want to go, I need to honor where I am at currently. I find this to be a powerful lesson that I can take to so many other areas of life.
Thank you Nobby for your guidance, your acceptance of what is, and your example of what can be. Not only on the yoga mat, but in our hearts too.
Katie February 2018
considerate and careful instruction...
i came to Nobby's kindergarten class at the ripe old age of 63. I found that first yoga class.....the exercises/Nobby's considerate and careful instruction and the kind people in class, it to be *very* welcoming. And though that first class was a most pleasant experience, what caused me to return the next week was how I felt the morning after......it was as-if my body was not made of bone and muscle, but rubber! I was hooked! It's been three months now and Wednesday is my favorite day of the week. My hope is that one day i will be able to horseback ride again.
Connie Mallard January 2018
Elements of a Great Teacher
Nobby’s yoga is truly a blessing in my life. My practice started 15 plus years ago and through his unique perspective it has evolved to incorporate not just the body, but has developed a growing practice of mind and spirit. His students are encouraged to voice their own thoughts about the movements and poses. His classes are very welcoming to all levels. In fact beginners have much to offer. It is his many sayings that I hold onto whether off the mat or on that has served me so well, “It is not what you do but how you do” and “all movement is good”. It is through this process that has helped me find my own voice and pursue my own yoga teaching certification. Thank you Nobby
Theresa Watson December 2017
My yoga journey of 20 plus years continues with Nobby! Nobby’s yoga provides a mind/body connection that I was lacking after my move to Washington in early 2015. Many yoga classes are available but no one currently provides an “any level” class with many years of thoughtful wisdom. As life gets more hectic each day, with physical and mental distractions (many unhealthy) this class provides an opportunity to stop and take care of yourself. Each week I leave relaxed, with many good “food for thoughts” to ponder! Nobby, thank you for sharing. Jill Shelton December 2017
Photo by Jill Shelton
"Yoga is everywhere"
The saying, "Yoga is everywhere" is my favorite of your phrases. The truth of it struck me early on (close to 15 years ago now) when I started practicing with you. Yoga is all about paying attention to my body and how that feels in various positions, about appreciating what I can do with it and aiming to do things more efficiently, in ways that are "softer, lighter, freer." Whether I'm standing in a line at the grocery, doing a spinal twist in my car as I back out the driveway, or reaching to get something out of a cabinet, if I'm mindful of it I see that, indeed, yoga is everywhere. As long as I can walk, I will be practicing balance. As long as I breathe, I'll be doing yoga.