Yoga & Meditation Instructor and Personal Trainer
Hello, I’m Rob Phillips. I’m a Yoga and Meditation Instructor, and ACE-Certified Personal Trainer based in Washington D.C.
I’ve made it my mission to help people improve their lives through a smart, accessible approach to yoga, mindfulness, and fitness.
I was not a natural-born yogi. Before I found yoga I was often anxious, and I wasn't particularly focused or disciplined. I was the archetypal tight skinny dude - I couldn't even straighten my legs completely! That all started to change after I took my first yoga class back in 2007.
While it didn't come easy at first, after over a decade of practice my life has completely changed. I've learned to take care of both my body and my mind. I've gotten stronger and more flexible. I've had a chance to study with some amazing teachers.
Approach & Philosophy
I teach and train with an emphasis on simplicity, precision, and attention to the present moment. In my classes, even when you're working really hard, you'll be doing so from a place of calm awareness. My active yoga classes are inspired by classic styles like Ashtanga and Iyengar. When it comes to training, I believe that less is more. Fitness doesn’t need to be convoluted to achieve amazing results. I also specialize in the much slower practice of Yin Yoga, which uses long-held poses to access deeper tissues, and provides an ideal place to learn mindfulness.
I've studied meditation for almost as long as I've studied yoga. I sit each and every day. My mindfulness teaching is primarily inspired by Theravada Buddhism and I truly believe that awakening is possible if you practice consistently over time. I offer mindfulness instruction through regular group workshops and monthly courses, as well as individual private sessions.
Experience & Training
I've had the privilege of studying with some of the truly gifted teachers, including a 200-hour training with Natasha Rizopoulos and several years of Mysore-style Ashtanga with Kate O’Donnell. I am also certified as a Personal Trainer through the American Council on Exercise. And I am currently working on my 500-hour level Yoga certification through the Summers School of Yin Yoga.
I've also studied meditation with teachers including Abre Chen and Beth Resnick-Folk, as well as many long retreats with some of the nations top teachers at the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, MA.
Outside of my work in yoga, I spend much of my time devoted to the performance and production of music; so it is perhaps with some irony that I am so drawn towards practices with a strong emphasis on silence.