Interview with Rob Mack (3 Min Read)

Kind, Positive, Non-Judgmental.

Where are you from and/or where do you live?
Los Angeles, CA

How did yoga come into your life and what has that journey been like for you?
I discovered yoga through Kino’s work at Miami Life Center. It’s been an ever-evolving journey.

How has yoga changed and what do you feel it creates in your daily life?
I feel increasing peace, love, and joy.

What is yoga to you?
Yoga is practicing the presence of God (peace, love, and happiness), which we are all infinitely and eternally one with.

How did you feel after your first yoga class and how do you feel this influences or impacts the space you create for your students?
My first class was a meditation class, and I feel completely overwhelmed with gratitude.

Who were you before you started practicing and how have you changed, evolved and transformed?
I was a guy deeply dedicated to being happy, but still finding my way.

Who were you before you started practicing and how have you changed, evolved and transformed?
As a child and young adult, I was deeply depressed and suicidal. Through practice, I became a much more present person.

What has been your biggest struggle and your biggest milestone in the practice, in teaching and within the yoga community?
Making sense of all the seemingly different and disparate teachings.

What has been the most inspirational moment you’ve experienced as a yoga student?
Having a random stranger tell me he decided not to kill himself that day because he met me.

Why do you practice?
There’s nothing else to do, literally.

Why do you teach?
Because I can’t not teach.

What is the single most defining issue facing the global yoga community today?
Divisiveness (illusory perceptions of separation).

Do you have any recommended yoga reading?
I love Ramana Maharshi’s “Be As You Are” Osho’s “The Path of Yoga” and “The Alchemy of Yoga,” and “The Yoga Sutras of Pantanjali.”

Through your own personal journey, what do you feel is your path and offering to the community- local and global?
Practicing the Presence.

What advice would you give to someone who is just starting out on their yoga journey?
(1) Do it for the joy of it and (2) think of the world as your mat!

Are there any current projects you’re working on that you can tell us about?
Two new books will be published this upcoming year (2021), “Love from the Inside Out “ and “Success from the Inside Out.”

What’s your Favorite Book?
That’s like choosing my favorite organ! Ha! I love all books by Joel Goldsmith and Eckhart Tolle, “Be as You Are” by Ramana Maharshi, “The Cloud of Unknowing” by Anonymous, “Practicing the Presence” by Brother Lawrence, “White Fire” by Mooji, “A Return to Love” by Marianne Williamson, “Ashes of Love” by Rupert Spira, “Mediations” by Marcus Aurelius, “At Your Command” by Neville, “Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna,” “Awareness” by Anthony de Mello,

What’s your favorite meal to make at home?
A protein shake.

What do you like to do for fun that’s non-yoga related?
EVERYTHING is yoga-related in my head! Ha! But I lift weights and read, too…

Who is your greatest inspiration?
My mom and dad.

Do you have a favorite podcast?
Whichever one I’m featured on that day. Truthfully, I’m more of a reader or even audiobook fan, though.

If you were stranded on an island what 3 things would you bring with you?
2 of my favorite books and a boat to drive home.

When you were a child what did you want to be when you grew up?
A professional basketball player.

What’s your favorite movie?
The Last Dance, Limitless, The Book of Eli, Horrible Bosses, and the Matrix (sorry – couldn’t choose just one!)

What’s your favorite TV series?
The Blacklist, Billions, and Cover Affairs. Don’t judge me.

Do you have a favorite band/singer?
Jay-Z, Drake, Michael Jackson, Norah Jones

Favorite song to dance to?
“Empire State of Mind.”

What’s your favorite quote/affirmation/mantra?
“You are what you seek, and you seek what you are… stop that!”  Also, “Be still and know that I AM.”

What is your life’s biggest question?
What’s this all for?

By Rob Mack

Robert is a happiness coach & author. He writes and speaks to people about how to live happier lives from the inside, out. Robert’s work has been endorsed by Oprah and Vanessa Williams, among many others. In addition to serving as a Celebrity Love Coach for the television show, Famously Single, on E!, Robert has been a featured guest expert for shows like The Today Show, Good Morning America, Entertainment Tonight, CBS Early Show, The Balancing Act, and and magazines like Self, Health, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, and Upscale. Robert has also served as a National Media Spokesperson, Management Consultant, and Executive Coach for companies like Capital One, FitBit, Buffalo Wild Wings, Microsoft, Carnival Cruise Lines, Deloitte Consulting, McCormick & Spice, IFF, Plus Consulting, and Falcon Credit Management. Robert was born in Pennsylvania. He was educated at Swarthmore College, where he received his Bachelors of Science in Psychology, and the University of Pennsylvania, where he received his Masters in Applied Positive Psychology (M.A.P.P.), an ivy-league degree held by only a few dozen people in the world. Robert lives in Los Angeles.

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