"Bobbie is the therapeutic yoga she offers. Deeply committed to her own personal journey toward integration of body, heart, mind and spirit, she imbues the space in which she teaches with gracious, grounded heart-energy. In the presence of such authenticity participants are drawn to approach their own sacred inner landscape and over time, open themselves to the healing wholeness and resilience that is theirs to discover, integrate and bring forward." ~~Wendy McFeely~~
Bobbie Seale-Cobiskey is an experienced Certified Yoga Therapist (CYT), yoga researcher and founder of Yogability™ Vancouver. Bobbie’s classes reach out to specialized populations including Chair Yoga for older adults, people with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, Adaptive Yoga for people living with a wide range of mobility challenges and those in recovery from addictions. Recently, Bobbie was invited to participate as the Yoga Therapist for a pilot study that is currently under way in ICORD'S Physical Activity Research Centre (PARC) at the Blusson Spinal Cord Center in Vancouver, British Columbia.. The research is a pilot study with a focus on evaluating the efficacy of Therapeutic Adaptive Yoga for individuals living with a spinal cord injury.
Bobbie graduated from Yoga Therapy International with Maggie Reagh in 2013. Yoga Therapy International recently became one of the first accredited programs in the world with the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT). She completed the RYT 200-500 and 1000 hour requirements that included her dream and great honor of studying at Yoga Raksanam in Chennai, India with senior teachers D.V. Sridhar, Mrs Viji Vasu and Mrs Radha Sridhar of the Krishnamacharya lineage. (See below for a slideshow of this very special trip)
She also studied Ayurvedic medicine (Traditional Indian Holistic Medicine) and Traditional Indian Head Massage with Dr. B Ganesh at Ayu Wellness clinic in Chennai, India. Two of the many blessings of Bobbie’s ever deepening personal practice have been the opportunities to study with Kyczy Hawk, author of Yoga and the Twelve Step Path and Addiction Recovery with Yoga Using the Koshas for Healing, and Matthew Sanford, founder of Mind Body Solutions and author of critically acclaimed Waking: A Memoir of Trauma and Transcendence. Bobbie continues to study with senior Iyengar-based teacher, mentor, and yoga therapist, Lindsay Whalen.
Bobbie’s over twenty years of professional work in the community as a Residential Care Aide working with older adults and people with physical disabilities makes her vitally sensitive to their needs. From her own personal experience of being a woman celebrating long-term recovery from addictions, Bobbie knows what a liberating, safe and gentle practice therapeutic yoga is for the ongoing healing of body, mind, and spirit – the compassionate heart of all her classes being trauma-sensitive with a special emphasis on pain management.
Bobbie divides her time between her primary residence in the rural community of Halfmoon Bay on the Sunshine Coast and Vancouver, British Columbia. When not teaching she enjoys organic gardening, hanging out with friends, sharing with sister and best friend Judy and being with her 'blueprint for life', husband Lane, who’s love and support has helped her to realize a life beyond her wildest dreams!
For YTI's CYT 1000, Bobbie is an Addictions, Aging, and Disabilities Specialist Mentor.