Hello and welcome! My name is Andrea Bobby and I am the founder of Body Mind Light. As an online yoga teacher, I created this space to be a virtual hub for the practice of traditional Hatha Yoga. Within these pages, I hope you’ll find the information, guidance and inspiration you need to support an authentic yogic lifestyle.
My Yoga Journey
Yoga has been a formidable influence on my well-being since childhood. In fact, once I started to formally learn yoga as an adult, I realized that I had been practicing all along without realizing it!
Being Indian by birth and blood, it was very important for me to find a yogic community that upheld and honoured the classical practice. Over the years, I tried numerous teachers, delved into different styles and experienced yogic life in various ashrams throughout Asia.
In 2007, I became certified as a Teacher of Yoga from the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Dhanwantari Ashram in India. Since then, I have been fortunate enough to to live and teach in several countries around the world, including Indonesia, Thailand, the Maldives, India, Canada and the United Arab Emirates.
My journey doesn’t stop there though! I believe that continuous lifelong learning is a fundamental attribute of being a yogi. So I not only see myself as a teacher, but also as a lifelong student. Forever growing, developing and evolving.
As a Yoga Teacher
A yogic life is so much more than just the physical practice of postures. It is a lifestyle. Aspects such as mindfulness, breathing, diet, meditation, cleansing, energies and positive behaviours carry equal importance, both inside and outside the classroom. As an instructor, my approach to teaching yoga revolves around this concept.
Also, the roots and philosophy of this ancient discipline lie deep in Hinduism, Indian culture, the Sanskrit language and Vedic texts. For students to be fully immersed in this authentic yogic experience, I routinely incorporate scriptural references, cultural connotations and mantras into my classes.
When it comes to asana sequences and pranayama exercises, I prefer to teach by actual demonstration. In most of my classes, I perform sequences and poses along with my students. In order to convey the meaning and purpose behind each exercise, I simultaneously explain and simplify each technique down to their essential elements.
I currently offer one-on-one live online classes in traditional Hatha Yoga, with modified flows for corporate groups (i.e. yoga for the workplace), seniors, mothers-to-be, special needs and individual health histories. Although I am physically based in Ontario, Canada, my online reach is global!
I feel so privileged to share this age-old wisdom with the world and I look forward to enjoying the experience with you.
See you on the mat!
Photograph by Giuseppe Iaccheo