Style of personal practice
I incorporate every form of yoga I have ever learned, in my home practice. I like to call it Bob Series 1. My primary practice, 5 or 6 days a wk for the last 10 yrs, is Ashtanga yoga.
A turning point, shift, evolution in your practice
2001ish, I was a nationally ranked triathelete. My hip became arthritic. I had been an athlete my whole life, and I went from Ironman to I can’t walk around the block. My sense of self hung on every work out: for good work outs, I felt good about myself; a bad work out, not so much. Maty Ezraty became my teacher and saved my life.
Something that complements your practice
Surfing, racing cars, and playing the drums. I’m also a fitness trainer.
When you knew you wanted to be a yoga teacher
a few years after I had been teaching yoga!
Robert Allen Colaizzi, Jr. came to the City of Angels in 1983 from Denver, Colorado to attend the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. In 1987, the nationally ranked triathlete was taking aerobics and step classes at the Sports Connection in the Valley and saw people taking yoga classes. He thought, “What is this yoga? It looks like stretching.” The rest? Well, it’s history. When not watching Tim Tebow play football, the humorous Colaizzi teaches morning American Ashtanga classes at YogaPoser and assists Sonya Cottle.
“The first time I heard about yoga, I remember thinking it seemed very boring. I’ve learned that I cannot control other people’s actions–only my reactions to their actions…that basically I have the final choice.”