|photo by by Kristina Pugh|
The focus of this class will be on the restorative aspects of Yoga practice, which help calm the nervous system using pranayama, asana and meditation to renew the body after a long day of dancing, in order to return the next day feeling refreshed. Alignment and correct sequencing will be addressed and some poses may be held longer to unwind the hips, back, ankles and shoulders as well as the mind.
Robbie Cook is a dancer, choreographer, Pilates and yoga instructor based in Los Angeles teaching in the Dance Department of Loyola Marymount University and currently creating new works with Cheng-Chieh Yu, Laurel Tentindo and Rosalynde LeBlanc-Loo. He completed a 200-hour yoga certification at Yoga High in NYC and has since taught yoga in NYC, American Dance Festival, Summer Dance Institute/University of Wisconsin, Dallas and Los Angeles. He received his Pilates certification in Chicago, subsequently teaching there as well as in NYC, San Francisco, Bennington College in Vermont, Dallas, Los Angeles and as a guest teacher in Minneapolis; Montevideo, Uruguay; Sapporo, Japan; and Cork, Ireland. As a dancer, Robbie has performed with Ishmael Houston-Jones, Douglas Dunn, Liz Lerman Dance Exchange, Other Shore (dancing in works by Edwaard Liang and Stacy Matthew Spence), Dallas Opera's Production of Boris Godunov, Margaret Jenkins, Liz Gerring, Keith Thompson,Jan Erkert, Karen Stokes, Nancy Garcia and MGM Grand among others. He has also commissioned two solos from Deborah Hay, participating in her Solo Performance Commissioning Project: Music 2001 & The Runner 2007. Robbie earned an MFA in Dance from Bennington College and has taught dance at Idyllwild Arts Academy, CSSSA @ Cal Arts, TCU, Long Island University, and master classes at Pepperdine University, Harvard-Westlake School, University of Houston, HSPVA Houston and UCLA. Robbie’s classes draw from his study of Functional Anatomy with Irene Dowd and his continual investigation of the eight limbs of Yoga.