Bio: Robin Simmonds
Robin started her exploration of mind through movement at the tender age of five when she was convinced she could literally fly like Barishnikov if she went to ballet class twice a week and jumped off the sofa enough. She has continued her quest to become weightless ever since.
As a teenager, Robin studied ballet, modern dance and competed nationally in gymnastics. She majored in dance and choreography at Virginia Commonwealth University and was a scholarship student at the American Dance Festival. In 1986 she joined Eccentric Motions, a modern dance company based in New York City. She collaborated choreographically, performed and designed costumes for the company. which performed at the Joyce Theater, Outdoors at Lincoln Center, The Kitchen, La Mama, Jacob’s Pillow, as well as touring Europe and Israel. In 1897, she was nominated for a Bessie award for choreography and performance. She also danced and choreographed with Mark Dendy, Richard Move and was an artist in residence at Arizona University in Tuscon with members of Pilobolus.
Robin began studying Yoga in 2000 with James Murphy at the Iyengar Institute in NYC. in 2002, she became a certified yoga instructor at Integral Yoga Institute. In 2009 she finished a two year teacher program at The Iyengar Yoga Institute and is currently pursuing her Iyengar Certification. She studies primarily with Carrie Owerko and Matt Dreyfus. She has also studied anatomy with Leslie Kaminoff and Thai Massage at the Lotus Palm School in Montreal. She is a certified Thai massage practioner.
Robin’s classes are steeped in the philosophy of BKS Iyengar and The Yoga Sutras of Pantanjali. She encourages her students to be curious and to approach Yoga with a sense of playfulness balanced with an attention to alignment and the energetic effects of asana on the body and mind. She believes Yoga is the cultivation of attention rather than a quest for perfection.