Welcome to Brian Tobin Yoga!
My name is Brian Tobin. I was born in a rural town outside of Albany, New York. I spent my childhood surrounded by my mother, father, and younger brother. My first experience of meditation occurred at the end of the small country road that I grew up on. This is a place that I would sit quietly and observe nature with my father. Later in life, I found 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 started to spend more time in nature, and began to pierce through some of the illusions of my mind. 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 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 to integrate this new knowledge.
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. During this time, I immersed in the study of Tantric Hatha/ Raja Yoga and deeper forms of meditation. I began to cultivate a path of daily practice, or sadhana. I completed my 200, 500, and 800 hour Teacher Trainings.
For the past 10 years I have continued 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. I teach weekly drop-in classes, workshops, work 1:1 with students, and lead international retreats. I continue to developed curricula and training programs to support my students to improve their daily lived experience.
Beyond my yoga practice and teaching, I am a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor and have a private practice in Shelburne, Vermont.
I live in Charlotte, Vermont
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