My name is Brian Tobin. I was born near Albany, New York and I spent my childhood surrounded by my mother, father, and younger brother.
I grew up with a sense of spirituality and connection to place. At the end of the small country road that I grew up on there was a special place where my father and I would sit quietly and observe. Later, we came to find out that this was the site of Vosburgh Village, one of the largest Iroquois communities in the Northeast.
When I completed high school, I received a scholarship to attend Clarkson University in Potsdam, New York. During these studies I reached a place of disillusionment with my downloaded sense of obsession with money, worldly pleasures, and temporary satisfactions. I started to spend more time in Nature, learning the rhythms of Mother Earth, and the quietude she offers. This was also where I began to open books about Yoga and Meditation and where my practice took form.
To complete my undergraduate degree I went to Pondicherry, India. I lived in Auroville, an international Eco-village, learning about yoga, permaculture, raw foods, and community living. This was my first immersion into the science of Yoga. I spent months of daily practice alongside Yogi Shambo and began to have moments of stillness and awakening within my mind and body. I then traveled throughout India, Europe, and the Middle East. After seeing many sacred sights it was time to return to the United States with saturated eyes and a heart full of Love.
When I came back to the United States I settled into my new home of Burlington, Vermont. Quickly I was connected to a piece of land in Lincoln, Vermont called Metta Earth Institute. A new phase of practice and life began as I immersed in a farm based lifestyle and helping to run the retreat center. At this time I also met a dear teacher, Will Duprey. Will offered his knowledge of Hatha/ Raja Yoga and helped me to cultivate a path of daily practice, or sadhana. This would set the platform for the next years of study.
After my time at Metta Earth I returned to Burlington to begin my yoga teaching career. I have spent five years immersed in the Burlington yoga community and offered classes at Laughing River Yoga, Evolution Yoga, University of Vermont, and with private students.
I continue to immerse into the various lineages that influence my practice. My studies have revolved around teachings from the Sivananda, Yogi Gupta, Babaji, Gosh, and Goenka Vipassana lineages.
Currently, I live in Hinesburg, Vermont and continue to teach weekly drop-in classes, workshops, and lead international retreats. I continue to developed curriculum to help improve the living experience for students.
Please send me a message to connect and Welcome to Your Practice.