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Sonia Roberts is a certified yoga teacher with over ten years of teaching experience. She has a passion for helping others reach their full potential. Her classes are challenging, nurturing and integrate mindful movement.
Sonia is a graduate of the Piedmont Yoga Advanced Studies Program, studying with Richard Rosen, Rodney Yee, Clare Finn and Maritza. She has completed YogaWorks' 200 hour teacher training with Mynx Inatsugu and Melanie Salvatore-August. Sonia also completed Jane Austin's Pre-Natal Yoga Teacher Training at Yoga Tree in San Francisco.
Her training has been influenced by many teachers and traditions, including Iyengar, Ashtanga, Vinyasa and Anusara. Her life as a mother has given her an abundance of opportunity for deepening her yoga practice and living in the moment. After birthing two children and three abdominal surgeries, Sonia has a passion for teaching others how to build core strength, access their inner core strength and gain confidence to live a life from their core truth.Learn more about Sonia at www.soniaroberts.com
What inspired you to become a yoga teacher/practitioner?
At a young age, I had a strong desire to help people improve their quality of life, as well as my own. I fell in love with yoga because for me, it isn’t just physical exercise, it is cathartic. I loved the practice of moving, being in my body, connecting to my breath and inner being. It gave me life. Right away I knew I had to teach it.
What goals do you have for your future?
The sky is the limit. Next year I plan to do a lot more yoga workshops focused on building core strength, arm balances and inversions. I would love to travel more internationally, host my first retreat in a beautiful location, and teach more kids yoga especially reaching out to inner city youth. I am currently working to complete my certification as an Ayurvedic Wellness Counselor.
What's the funniest moment or most fun experience you've had as a teacher?
The most fun and completely life changing experience I’ve had as a yoga teacher is an unforgettable journey to the Motherland. I had the opportunity to travel with a group of yoga teachers to Ghana and we hosted two yoga conferences. We began in Accra, the capitol of Ghana and the site of our first yoga conference. We traveled north to Kumasi, the cultural center of Africa, then continued up to Tamale and other rural villages. Then we headed south to the Cape Coast to offer ritual at one of the slave castles. The conferences featured Black yoga teachers and healers of varying styles and disciplines. It was an incredible journey that I will never forget and hope to go back with my family next time.
What is your favorite thing about being a yoga instructor?
My favorite thing about being a yoga instructor is all the beautiful people I meet in class. There is a connection created and community cultivated when you share the practice of yoga and show up on your yoga mat. I am so fortunate to have a unique blend of dedicated yogis attend my classes. I am inspired by their dedication to the practice and commitment to a deeper, more spiritual journey.
What advice would you give to someone just beginning to practice yoga?
My advice for someone just beginning to practice yoga is not to compare yourself to anyone else. Yoga is not a competition, it’s all about you! Focus on connecting to your breath, always! Invest in a great yoga mat. And remember it’s a journey so enjoy it!
Tell us something most people don't know about you!
As a child, I was a competitive artistic roller skater. Artistic roller skating is a sport similar to figure skating but with roller skates instead of ice skates. I competed in figures (similar to compulsory figures on ice), freestyle (individuals performing jumps and spins) and pairs (a subset of freestyle with two people performing jumps, spins and lifts). I practiced five days a week and would sometimes practice and have a lesson at 5:30am before school started. I traveled around the Bay Area and Southern California competing in competitions and my mom would stay up late at night sewing sequins on my skating dresses.