We had the good fortune of connecting with Robin Christ and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Robin, do you have a favorite quote or affirmation?
“The Heart is the hub of all sacred places. Go there, and roam.” — Bhagawan Nityananda In my deepest depths, I know my Heart … the very Center of my Being … to be the dwelling place of my Spirit … the Truth of who I am in my most luminous and radiant Essence. This place, my own Heart, is as vast as the cosmos and as intimate as my own breath. To go there and roam is the greatest Voyage of Discovery and a most Sacred Journey. Om.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
My passion and my bliss is in the guiding and training those who desire to take the sacred seat of the Yoga Teacher. It is in witnessing their evolution and unfolding as they courageously voyage with me into the depths of their Hearts … and then return from that Journey with the skill and artistry to share their discoveries with others. This brings me great JOY. My path to becoming a teacher of teachers began long before my introduction to the western-influenced postural Hatha Yoga style of Anusara Yoga. I began my own personal yogic Journey in 1974 at the age of 19 when I received diksha (initiation) from my beloved root guru Maharaj Charan Singh, and have been a devoted practitioner of the meditation-based yoga of Sound and Light, ‘Surat Shabd Yoga,’ ever since. After years of a strictly formal meditation practice, I serendipitously discovered the beauty of the physical aspect of yoga when I took my first Anusara Yoga class in Encinitas in 2008. Due to my decades of personal spiritual inquiry, I was immediately drawn to the decidedly spiritual approach to asana (postures) engendered by this exquisite and elegant style of yoga … and the very next day I signed up for teacher training to become a Certified Anusara Teacher. Because of my background in dance (I studied, taught and performed classical ballet for many years), I was overjoyed to find a way to physically express the discoveries I had made on my inner Journey through all those many years on the meditation cushion. I have since spent the last decade in the intense study of the Tantric Philosophy that is a key element in the teaching of the Anusara Yoga style. During that time, I became a Hatha Yoga Teacher in 2009, an ‘Anusara Inspired’ Teacher in 2011, a ‘Certified Anusara Teacher’ in 2014, and finally a ‘Experienced Certified Anusara Teacher’ (ECAT) with the Anusara School of Hatha Yoga in 2019 (currently one of 40 teachers worldwide). I am now licensed to train perspective Anusara teachers on both the 200 and 500 hour level. Was it easy, you ask? In a word … Yes! The discipline engendered by my devotion to a daily meditation practice for most of my life coupled with the passion I hold deeply in my heart for the practices of Yoga kept me going on what is generally recognized in the western yoga world as a steep and sometimes arduous path towards my Anusara ECAT status. Even though I came to the western asana based yoga practices relatively late in life, it just seemed, from the very beginning, that to become a teacher of teachers is my soul’s purpose … my true svadharma … my passion and my joy. And I am more than blessed with the opportunity to continue on this Path! I am currently leading a 100 hour Anusara Immersion at Riffs Yoga outdoor space in Bird Rock. I also have another 100 hour Anusara Immersion at Riffs Yoga Ocean Beach scheduled to begin in mid May as well as a 100 hour Teacher Training planned for September 2021! And the Journey continues ever and ever onward …
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Balboa Park – Museums Mt. Laguna – Hiking San Diego Zoo Ocean Beach Peoples Food – Deli La Jolla – shopping and dining Seaport Village- shopping and dining Old Town San Diego
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
To all my Beloved Teachers and Students … and to all devoted Yoga Practitioners everywhere.