About Toby Kumin, E-RYT500, RPYT (Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher, Registered Prenatal Yoga Teacher)
Toby believes in the power of yoga to transform body and mind. She currently offers classes at YogaWorks in Chestnut Hill and Equinox Sports club in Boston. Her teaching career began in 2000, after training with Ana Forrest and then working at the original Baptiste Power Yoga Institute training directly under Baron Baptiste. Toby’s practice is also influenced by her studies with Shandor Remete, the founder of Shadow Yoga, a system rooted in ancient hatha yoga that incorporates circular and spiraling movements. All levels of her classes involve a strong vinyasa flow as the way to create peace of mind through challenging, balancing and aligning the body. She loves seeing how people benefit from building strength, increasing flexibility and ultimately, cultivating inner peace.
Over the years her teaching has evolved to not only involve a challenging vinyasa style but also working with people in various stages of life. Helping to cure her own back injury, she developed sequences of core strengthening blended into traditional yoga poses which she teaches to help others who have experience low back pain. Toby loves working with all generations of people and has developed a gentle chair yoga class that she teaches at senior centers and for people undergoing a healing process. Building upon her studies with Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa, Toby also teaches an uplifting style of pre-natal yoga.
Knowing how yoga can benefit all people, Toby hopes to make the practice accessible and available to everyone. She enjoys volunteer teaching at inner city high schools and a shelter for survivors of domestic violence. Toby enjoys teaching classes as a Bodhi and Mind instructor for survivors of breast cancer. In addition to teaching classes she is proud to be a mentor for the Africa Yoga Project.
Toby’s yoga experience is enhanced by her training in massage. While living in Thailand for over a year, helping to launch a new yoga studio, Toby trained in Thai Yoga Bodywork to further her understanding of alignment and well-being. She also later attended Massage therapy school to become a licensed massage therapist.
She is grateful to all her teachers and everything she has learned through yoga but recognizes that some of her greatest education has come through parenting. She enjoys spending time with her family and discovering the ways her two boys open her mind and her heart.
Toby acknowledges the many teachers she has had the opportunity to study with….OM Namo…gratitude ad acknowledgment to many fine teachers ….
Sutthe (yoga teacher who taught daily outdoor classes at Lumpini park Bangkok Thailand in 2004)