Originally I began yoga to aid in weight loss, but without realizing it I began a journey from which I have never turned back. It became abundantly clear that the more yoga I did, the more benefits I saw. My mind became more clear and focused, my patience grew, and I learned who I truly was.
We discover ourselves on the mat. We see how easily we give up, how hard we try, how much energy we bring to yoga and to life. Do not misunderstand this with hurting yourself by pushing too hard, but by not giving up just because something may be challenging, because we may believe we cannot do something without trying.
The health benefits are endless. And best of all, yoga is for everyone. Regardless of age, or physical limitations, there are yoga practices for all. Some of the very best yogis are in their late 60’s and 70’s. With continued practice, you continue to progress, defying the aging process, through detoxification, through maintaining balance and muscle loss that depletes with age. That is why I called my studio Fountain of Youth, for that is what yoga is. To share this great benefit, I keep my prices low to allow everyone the opportunity to experience what yoga has to offer them!
Yoga initially became another way to spend time with my wife as we have always enjoyed being active together. Once I began practicing yoga I noticed a significant improvement in my flexibility and posture. I injured myself far less and found that it improved my running. I used to experience back pain almost daily but with continued practice find that this is rare. It is my opinion that absolutely anyone can benefit from a regular yoga practice. I would suggest 2-3 classes per week for maximum results. Yoga is not just for physical activity and strengthening, it is about taking care of your body as a single unit.
I was never much of an athlete growing up. My yoga journey, which began over five years ago, has profoundly changed my life, both on and off the mat. I credit yoga with helping me to learn a sense of play and give me confidence in what my body can do. I hope to share this feeling of wonder with my students. I always encourage students to explore new territory and challenge their perceptions of their own abilities.
Robyn Toner’s yoga journey began 5 years ago when her mother brought her to her first yoga class. Little did she know it would be the beginning of the most incredible life changing path she’d take.Robyn’s love of yoga led her to take the 500 hour YTT at The Yoga Sanctuary and she is thrilled to express her passion for teaching through many different styles of yoga. Robyn also works with children with disabilities and incorporates yoga into their daily lives by helping them physically, mentally and emotionally.
Being greeted with a big smile, sharing a few laughs and leaving feeling completely centered and balanced is what you can expect from attending Robyn’s classes. Even as a teacher, she will forever be a student eager to learn and study the amazing and enormous world of yoga.
After working as a nurse for 17 years I decided to quit my job after having a “surprise” baby 4 years ago. I found much joy in staying home with my daughter but I felt I had lost who I was and needed to do something for me. A friend suggested we try some yoga classes. My very first class was a Vinyasa Flow, probably not the best way to start! But, as a runner for nearly 20 years, I love a good, hard workout and a challenge, so I wasn’t discouraged, I was intrigued. Since then I’ve developed a passion for yoga, partially because of the numerous health benefits but mostly because of how it makes me feel. I have left every class feeling better than when I began it, clearer, calmer, and happier. I love that people of all shapes and sizes can do and can benefit from yoga. I decided to become a yoga teacher because I can promote health and well-being while also taking care of myself. My goal is to help my students to feel that sense of well-being and to make the world a better place one yoga class at a time!
Yoga came to me at a critical time in my life. With chronic insomnia my entire adult life, anxiety and stress brought on by the ups and downs of life challenges. I was facing trying to figure out this aging thing which sort of comes out of nowhere and you feel lost, anxious, and confused. With yoga, very quickly I grew to know I was making a positive difference in my life, my view of life, peace within my body, my mind, my spirit.
My journey with Yoga has changed me, inside and out. I know what to do in order to calm my mind, to sleep through the night, and to have the strength to face the world with assurance and more confidence than I ever knew possible. Taking the time to pay attention to my own thoughts and needs, it has extended my insight into mindfulness, a healthier lifestyle, and peace of mind.
This is what I want to share with you. It is never too late to start, and the positive changes will be significant. I am so excited to share my passion with you for Yin, Nidra, Restorative and Hatha and the beautiful community at Fountain of Youth Yoga. To support you on a journey to a practice that is both restorative and strengthening, without strain or pressure, that leads you to improved sleep, lighter spirit, and a clear, calm and joyful mindset.
Yoga lifts you up and allows you to find your balance regardless of your age and will bring peace into your life. This is the wonderful gift that I would love to share with you.