After departing the Navy and
attending horseshoeing school in 1977, Rob returned
to California and took up residence in Georgetown.
As a result of his farrier practice Rob starting
having back problems. In 1987 his chiropractor,
Keith Harston, suggested he take up yoga. Rob
didn't like that much at first because there
were all girls in the class and he was real awkward.
Keith said he didn't care about that and that
Rob had to cowboy up and keep at it. So he did...
Soon Rob could get out of bed
in the morning and walk upright into the bathroom,
relatively pain free...what a novel concept!
At the same time, many body parts stopped hurting.
And, best of all, his horse didn't have a sore
back anymore 'cuz Rob didn't have a sore back
Rob had started taking yoga
classes from Jody Hughes in Garden Valley; then
with Michael Shaw, Susan O'Farrell, Susan Whitaker
and Christa Robertson. With the original intent
of simply enhancing his own practice, Rob enrolled
in Susan Whitaker's six month Yoga Teacher Training
Class. After graduating and realizing that the
necessary post-graduate work was teaching, Rob
hung out a shingle with partner Christa. And
now Rob continues to learn more wondrous things
about yoga from his own special group of students.
Meanwhile, he has attended
numerous yoga workshops, clinics and retreats
including a recent week long intensive with Rod
Stryker at Kripalu and a Yoga Wall intensive
with Bryan Legere.
Karen's personal Yoga
journey has allowed her to
experience physical healing, emotional growth
inner peace. This transformation inspired her
deepen her knowledge and complete the Yoga Teacher
certification program at The Yoga Company in
Ramon, California. Karen leads the Yoga practitioner
through Pranayama (regulated breathing and
concentration) gentle Asana (poses) focusing
alignment and breath, as well as personal exploration
both on and off of the mat. Experience her nurturing
spirit and unique style.
Along with her fiance' and daughter, Karen relocated
to Cool in the spring of 2006 and they couldn't
happier. In addition to the study of Yoga, Karen
enjoys animals, cooking, music, art, reading,
gardening and good friends.
For many years Lynette
attempted to practice yoga on a regular basis. Then, about 10
years ago when a yoga studio opened close to
her home in Michigan, she took the plunge and
began practicing consistently. While yoga
has helped her gain strength and flexibility,
she is most grateful for the way it helps calm
her and ease her arthritis.
In 2004, after moving
to Auburn she completed Susan Whitaker’s
six month Yoga Teacher Training Course, received
her certification and has been teaching ever
Lynette loves to read,
sew, garden, play golf, walk and spend time
with friends and family. In
2005 Lynette and her husband, Bernie, moved into
the home they designed and built in Cool and
believe they have found paradise.
Tracy began practicing yoga to relieve anxiety while riding her horse in endurance rides. The relaxation and the pranayama (breath control exercises) helped her to mentally overcome her anxiety while riding as well as in many other areas of life. She was a horse hoof trimmer, and like Rob, her back was always sore. The asanas helped to keep her back strong and supple. Though, as she only practiced once a week in class, her back got so sore that she decided to take a month off from trimming and enroll in the intensive Sivananda Yoga Teacher's Training Course at The Yoga Farm Ashram in Grass Valley, CA. After daily yoga practice, her back has healed and she is much more relaxed (physically and emotionally) and fluid when riding horses.
With her teacher training complete, The Yoga Place asked Tracy to consider teaching, which she has agreed to! Tracy teaches in a classical yoga style synthesized by Swami Sivananda. It is a very traditional, meditative, relaxing method that allows you to find your inner self while practicing. She teaches a beginner and intermediate class.
Previous to Yoga, Tracy worked as a horse hoof trimmer and spent a lot of time in school, acquiring two masters degrees from the University of California, Davis, as well as a teaching credential. Her main hobbies include horse trail riding, playing with dogs, permaculture, sustainable living, and gardening.