Teacher Tuesday: Robin Bandemir

We asked each of our teachers a few questions to get to know them better!

Meet Robin Bandemir!

When did yoga first become a part of your life?

I started taking yoga classes at Lifetime Fitness Johns Creek, when they opened in 2008. After 3 classes, I started feeling freedom from pain in various areas of my body.

I became a yoga fan when the sciatica pain that I had had for two years completely disappeared during the first 6 months of evolving into my yoga practice. My neck, shoulder, low back and knees, all healed, as well.

When did you begin teaching? What made you decide to progress from student to teacher?

I became a believer in yoga as a self-healer through proper alignment, and wanted to share the practice with others.

My favorite yoga teacher, Rebecca, invited me to participate in the first 200 hour yoga teacher training offered at LTF Johns Creek in the fall of 2011. We trained Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays for nine weeks of intensive training.

I started subbing regularly for the first year after completing my training. I accepted my first class at the Forum Athletic Club, which is now Crunch Fitness. My students were very receptive to my style of teaching and my class size kept growing. I enjoyed watching my students grow and evolve their own practices. I was honored to visibly observe a similar kind of mind, body and spirit healing in my students’ practice that I had found myself.

Some of my students have become my best friends. I have read that we are the five people we surround ourselves with. I feel best when I am surrounded by likeminded people who keep a well balanced life that includes the practice of yoga and meditation, because people who practice tend to emit a, generally, happier and positive energy. When we offer positive energy and love to others, we receive the same.

What is your personal practice and practice that you teach?

I teach two Hatha classes and two Yin/Restorative classes each week. The three styles are all interrelated in that we hold poses anywhere from 30 seconds in Hatha, to three to five minutes in Yin and Restorative, to reach the deep connective tissues, to realign and reset our fascia.

I encourage my students to practice in classes, on their own and when they travel, to experience and be open to many yoga styles.

I prefer to take Hatha, Yin and Restorative classes myself, as I find them to be the most healing for my body type. I seek out yoga classes when I travel. I practice on my own if I am too busy sightseeing. My yoga practice is extremely important to me, because it maintains my balance, flexibility and strength of mind, body and spirit.

If you could be any animal in the world, what would it be and why?

I would like to be a bird of flight, should I reincarnate in an afterlife. I would enjoy the freedom that flying around the world offers.

What is your favorite quote?

The past is history. The future is a mystery. Today is a gift; that is why it is called the present.

When to practice with you at the owl?

I teach Candlelight yin/restorative yoga on Tuesday evenings from 7:15 - 8:15 at the Grey Owl Mind-Body Studio each week. You may also schedule a private yoga training session with me through the Grey Owl.

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