About Toby Kumin

About Toby Kumin, E-RYT500, RPYT (Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher, Registered Prenatal Yoga Teacher)

For almost two decades, Toby Kumin has taught an uplifting style of yoga to people of all abilities.  She loves to help others live an embodied and conscious life through the practice of yoga.  Toby believes that we posses the power to transform our bodies and minds though a yoga practice that’s tailor made for us as individuals.

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.

The mother-of-two feels that yoga should be accessible to all and offers various forms of yoga. 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-meets-traditional yoga poses which she uses regularly to help others who have lower back pain.

Her signature, gentle chair yoga class has helped professionals and seniors fit a healthy yoga practice into their lives.

Building upon her studies with Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa, Toby also teaches an inspiring style of pre-natal and post-natal yoga.

Knowing how yoga can benefit all people, Toby hopes to make the practice accessible and available to everyone.  She enjoys being an instructor for ‘ Bodhi and Mind Yoga’ an organization that provides yoga and meditation to individuals with cancer during treatment and recovery and she regularly  teaches at senior centers and for people undergoing various forms of healing.

She is also a mentor for the Africa Yoga Project.

Toby’s yoga experience is enhanced by her training in massage. While living in Thailand 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.

Toby initially trained under yogi leaders like Ana Forest, Baron Baptiste and Shandor Remete, and has adapted her greatest learnings into her own style. Toby is grateful to all of her teachers and for everything she has learned through yoga but recognizes that some of her greatest life lessons have come from parenting. She enjoys spending time with her family and discovering the ways her two boys open her mind and her heart.

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Toby recognizes that she is forever a yoga student learning all the time.  She feels grateful to have studied with many teachers starting back in the late 90s and acknowledges the influence they have made on her own teaching.  Here is a short list of influential teachers

Ana Forrest

Barbara Benagh

Baron Baptiste

Beryl Bender Birch

Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa

Jon Kabat Zinn

Kathy McNames

Patricia Walden

Rolf Gates

Shandor Remete

Sutthe (yoga teacher who taught daily outdoor classes at Lumpini park Bangkok Thailand in 2004)