robin ivy payton
Robin Ivy Payton teaches will teach weekly Sea Change Yoga trauma-informed classes at for Veterans and their families.
She teaches a variety of yoga styles including meditation and astrology based practice. As a Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider, she leads Yoga Nidra and Restorative Yoga teacher trainings and personal immersions. Her regular schedule includes vinyasa, yin, gentle and meditative practices in local studios, at a community college, in workplaces and privately. In 2017, she offered Yoga Nidra training for Sea Change teachers. Robin's website is www.RoZoYo.com
How would you define yoga if you had to explain it to someone who had never practiced before?
Yoga is a breathing practice where you may decide to take physical postures as a means of experiencing your body and your breath. You do not need to be strong or flexible or confident or comfortable in your body to begin a yoga practice. Yoga is a way of connecting with your self and a way to approach life and the whole world.
What did you think yoga was before you started to practice and how has your view of yoga changed?
I naturally practiced yoga as a child before I ever heard the word yoga. Doing headstands, backbends and handstands was how I relaxed or practiced patience. Also, over time I learned that the physical asana practice is merely one layer and way of experiencing yoga. Yoga Nidra was the most enlightening practice for me and I fell in love with it and recognized the power of this type of meditation the first time I attended a Yoga Nidra in 2013.
How do you see your practice show up in everyday life?
I notice my breathing practice happens spontaneously during any type of moment or activity. That's just one example. Yoga is life.
How did you come to teach and what prompted you to move from student to teacher?
After trying various styles of yoga over time, I landed in a classic 26 postures hot yoga studio and became dedicated to that style for 10 years. I then layered in vinyasa classes and completed a vinyasa style teacher training. I had also taken meditation classes and done seated meditation practices and after my initial training, I completed a Yoga Nidra and Meditation certification as well. I came to a point where I wanted to deepen or change my practice and teacher training seemed like the way to go forward.
How has teaching affected your life and how do you feel when you teach?
Most days, I feel even better after teaching than I do after practicing. It's a gift to share this with others and to see them grow and become more aware in a multitude of ways. I've also been able to merge my astrology practice, essential oils and yoga teaching to offer workshops and sessions that are multifaceted and speak to the whole person. I am fortunate to collaborate and co-create with other practitioners and I really value that.
What brought you to Sea Change Yoga?
Yoga Nidra is something I want to continue to share widely. I approached Sea Change to see if Yoga Nidra was needed in the community and whether I could help. My first experience in Sea Change was to train interested teachers to lead Yoga Nidra, and I am honored to have spent a weekend with this beautiful group who are sharing Yoga Nidra in their classes. In 2018 I'll be offering Yoga Nidra guided meditation for Veterans and their spouses through Sea Change.
What is your “yoga dream”?
My yoga dream is all I just wrote of and it's constantly evolving. Yoga has the power to change the world. Yoga Nidra and the Restorative practices exemplify what the world needs now.