This yogi is loud. It might be hair, last seen in deep emerald. It might be his jam-packed 75 minute live DJ flow. It might be his tumultuous past or his karmic present. It might be his back, full of tattoos. It might even be something intangible and unnamed. One thing is certain, Robert Michael Loud has turned his vinyasa up to eleven.
At the age of four, Loud moved from the Commonwealth State to Boulder with his mother, but spent summers back east where he developed some delinquent habits that stuck with him into adulthood, habits that led him down a dark path. A good fight was among his pastimes and martial arts became his focus. By channeling his aggression and anger through Muay Thai, his discipline shed him of some juvenile tendencies.
Although Loud never liked leaving the Boulder bubble, he traveled to Thailand to pursue his kickboxing career and returned home a stronger version of himself. Soon after, an injury took him out of the fight and old habits payed a visit. Hitting rock bottom, Loud needed a change. He had dabbled in yoga over the years as a supplement to his training, but it had become the vessel to repay his karmic debt.
Fast forward to present day, four years of yoga teaching later, and Loud will tell you, "yoga expedites the process of change". He is fascinated with closed mindedness and finds the biggest reward is to open students up through his style of yoga he refers to as, embodied power vinyasa. "Yoga really is a metaphor for life, even in a 60 minute class".
I sat down with Loud for sunny day chat and two hours later stood up overdosed on vitamin D and with even more respect and gratitude for his dedication to the practice of yoga. To seal the interview we went Yogis Gone Wild in the produce section of the Whole Foods.
Here is a brief Sun Q&A :
2. Do you value music in your classes? -ie how did live dj yoga come to be -where do you seek inspiration in music for your classes? - I LOVE music in class, it adds energy and emotion to a class. Making playlists is an art form in and of itself. My music is selected just by listening to different Pandora stations while I am at home. Also just hearing different musicians and deejays and festivals and concerts. There is so much good stuff out there that speaks to the heart (and drops the bass).
3. As a Lululemon ambassador, what is the biggest perk? - There are many, but I guess the biggest perk is the annual stipend....Free clothes!
4. What is the first thing you grab in the produce section? - Bananas (and turmeric)
5. Remind me why you do not like to leave home? - Well I think is is just in the stars, I am a Cancer and like a solid home base, plus Boulder is a pretty awesome place to live.
6. Do you have any nicknames? none that I am aware of, sometimes people call me Robby Loud. Growing up I was Bobby ;)
7. Who is your favorite teacher to practice with? - Tough question, I like all of them in different ways. I would have to say I practice the most with my roommate Matt Kapinus the most. He was one of my biggest influences coming in to teaching.
8. What is your favorite pose?- I really love scorpion figure-four handstand because it just feels bad ass, but really every pose is equally as awesome when fully embodied.