For me it is often a matter of knowing straight up that a person is learned and dedicated and selfless in the teaching of something like yoga or spin class or even personal training, all of which have been steadies in my life in recent years. With Robyn, it was consistently about centering and focus and paying attention to what was going on with my very own body.
There were times in Robyn's class, when I was elsewhere, not in my house, not all cramped and stalled up in my crowded head but rather transported to a place of calm and peace, and privacy and trust. This is not the sort of thing I am accustomed to embracing, let alone trusting, and I credit Robyn's leadership with my personal grace in experiencing these treasured moments.
As I began to know Robyn, and understand more about this insidious disease, our family was able to talk more freely about the ED that touched our family’s lives over the years. A part of the healing process for myself and my daughters has been to YOGA together. Yoga is such a wonderful bringing together of mind and body and spirit. We have taken yoga from different instructors over the years, but when we were to go to a class of Robyn Hussa’s, it was something more than the average yoga class. Robyn has a wonderful way of imparting to her yoga students, that understanding of
Yoga at it’s truest level. For one, Robyn is very much in tune with how individual yoga is for every person; that this is not a “competitive” thing, that rather, it is very individual, each person is at their “own place”, and does what their body is comfortable with; yet, always “opening doors” for how to challenge one’s body.
Robyn never “preaches”, yet has a wonderful way of guiding her students to go inside of themselves to find their inner spirituality. Her vinyasa style brings together the breathing and moving that is truly a spiritual experience. Her words impart not only guidance on the very physical level (i.e. which exercises are good for which muscles/bones/aches); but also on the emotional level again, not in any way “preachy”, but giving us an “intention” to think of for the practice, and recalling it throughout the practice, to make each person’s practice appropriate to their own personal story. Finally, Robyn is becoming very adept (in my humble opinion) at guiding her students on a personal, spiritual level. Once again, this is done in a way that guides meditation using appropriate quotes, candles, music, and time for a very meditative “savasana.” Robyn always guides her students through practice offering every level, be it beginner, intermediate or advanced.
I feel that Robyn Hussa is a wonderful yoga teacher, most especially for those dealing with eating disorders. Her knowledge of the disease only helps her understanding of what a truly effective yoga class can be. I thank her for the time I’ve enjoyed being her student, and cherish our continued friendship.