Yoga Rocks with Rob Woollard

Rob brings a refreshing humor to his class, which helped us push through the challenge.

LA yoga class review: Yoga Rocks with Rob Woollard at Yoga Shelter
Rob Woollard
Type:  Vinyasa / Good 4 Regulars
Teacher(s): 
Rob Woollard
Neighborhood: 
Studio City
Location: 

Yoga Shelter, 12408 Ventura Blvd., Studio City

Date/Time: 
February 12, 2013 - 1:24pm

Before Rob Woollard's Yoga Rocks class begins, there is music playing, people saying their hellos, and all of us readjusting to more of a mat-to-mat configuration. Then class starts and we all flow – and rock. As it quickly becomes more fast-paced and we repeat a sequence over and over again, we become sweatier and sweatier. Rob adds an extra push-up into the sequence, which we end up having to skip every third vinyasa or so. Suddenly he has all of us freeze and hold whatever pose we're in. At that point he asks us to move through his flow sequence at a super slow pace – about four counts to go from one pose to the next. It becomes like a dance, very different than anything we've experienced in any other yoga class and very fun. In addition to seemingly never-ending, ass-kicking sequences, Rob brings a refreshing humor to his class, which helped us push through the challenge. Thankfully, the last twenty was filled with more yin poses (think pigeon and lizard), followed by a sweaty savasana while "Purple Rain" played. If you're more of a yoga purist, who prefers lots of alignment cues and chanting, then this is not the class for you. But if you're looking to sway your tush in chair pose, flow freely, laugh at yourself, and do fresh variations on poses you've done a zillion times before (e.g. he made one up called "Warrior 1.5"), then you'll get just that in Rob's class.