Working In the Workings of the World Around Me

yogaI joke (but I know there are those out there who agree) that living in New York City is like staying in a bad relationship. A quick link to anxiety, stress,  depression, self-destruction and hysteria; You fight to leave then leave and fight to come back for more. This city really is a gritty, pounding place to be and if for one moment you forget to live with wild curiosity, lightheartedness, and deep, deep breath, then you’re a gonner.  Done for. Called for dead.  And no one cares.  No one.  They cant because they cant feel you.   Well, they can, but they don’t know how.  That is where I come in.  It is my mission to develop the attentiveness of others.

The more responsible you become for yourself, the more responsible you become for other people. And if you can, its your duty to help them. It’s a burden we bear on this path, weather you like it or not;  Its just that way.  But when there are startling numbers of distraught and devastated and broken people around you, sometimes you think that you should be broken too.  So you break yourself.  The only difference is you know what it’s like to be unbroken, so you piece yourself back together and start all over.

Its these feelings that drive me to look for guidance. for more teachings.  I know its out there for me to tap into whenever I want it, but I have been relying on catalysts – fasting, psychedelics, retreats, asana even, to induce this awareness into me. And sometimes the strong side effects last pretty long, but never are they lasting.  There is a permanent source, and I realized that this is the well that I have been digging.

This is my well.  I can smell the water and its driving me mad.  I’ve tasted it and its driving me even more mad – insane sometimes.  Its exhausted me so I sleep.  Its enlivened me and I dig harder.  Its made my body weak, so I sit – shovel in my hand and dirt on my face, heart pounding; I want to keep going but I cant so I just sit.  Its made my mind weak so I turn around to climb back out. Then again my imagination, my remembering of the taste carries me on again.

This ride makes me so desperate sometimes to find someone that can be a fixture of inspiration.  Someone who knows first hand this source, this drink, this drug of all drugs – not so I can be told a story of how it has changed their lives, but rather so I can extract from them, through their energy, an understanding of this source. So I may cultivate a sustained peace and teach equanimity from an experiential place.

One of the most inspirational teachers I have had the good fortune to know is Katite Gumucio, who lives maximum capacity in every moment, relentlessly.  Wether exercising compassion, or discipline, or silence, or whatever it may be, her ability to move from moment to moment and understanding of what should be done or said in any given circumstance to maximize the potential lesson learned is astounding to me, and burns my curiosity to connect deeper to my own mind body connection, so that I may be more sensitive to the intricate workings of the world around me.

In order to do this, I need the structure, outline, discipline and high standards like those set at Agama to accomplish my next goals as a yoga teacher, so that I may communicate better with my students.  I am a volunteer yoga teacher at Hosh Yoga in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.  Although I am involved with other studios, this space has been vital to my understanding of selfless service. The deep and genuine gratitude that comes from these practitioners is moving in a way that I can’t quite break into words and because of this I am driven to learn more so I can give them more.  The space and students and community deserve well rounded, versed, and knowledgeable teachers.  The more that I can develop my own person, the more I can share with those who choose to participate in an entirely self sustained space.

These are students that show up on the mat because they want to commit to regular practice and now have a place where they can do that freely.  Agama is an all encompassing program that focuses on terminology and practices linking to the energetic and spiritual body, which is the next step for me.  To place concepts that I know now from an experiential place into language and techniques that can be easily understood by others is my goal.

I could exhaust a novel of reasons why Yoga is vital to my development and how the practice has shifted my person in physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual ways.  I could go on and on about my practice and how from my own experience I am wanting and able to pass pieces of this lineage on.  But this really isn’t about me…

2012 Yoga Scholarship Essay

By: Robyn Polo

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  1. Vincent Squillace says:

    Robyn, you are awesome. No other words are necessary! Best of luck.

    • Alexandra Koch says:

      Robyn!!! I had by far THE absolute best class with you yesterday! Thank you for sharing your knowledge with us!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Sarah R says:

    Very cool Robyn! Good luck!

  3. Ben W says:

    Go, Robyn!

  4. Manisha says:

    Awesome job, Robyn!

  5. Karen B says:

    I can’t think of anyone better suited for this than you, Robyn. Well written, love! xoxo

  6. Rachel says:

    I can think of no one more deserving of this reward than Robyn. Not only is Robyn an amazing friend, her positive energy and strength of spirit continuously astound me. Best of luck to you, Robyn!

  7. Amy Ramsey says:

    Robyn you are an amazing person, and there was such passion in your essay. You definitely deserve this opportunity!

  8. amanda meagher says:

    Sounds great Robyn! Good luck!

  9. Philippe Javier Garcesto says:

    ROBYN! Mad love! <3

  10. zan says:

    this lady is a sister and deserves the best, love you girl good luck xx

  11. Melissa Guttman says:

    this is so beautiful, robyn. your heart comes through your writing as much as it does through your yoga teaching and your day to day interactions with people. i already see you as one of my inspirational teachers, i look forward to seeing you radiate in greater capacities! Best of luck

  12. ashley stone says:

    Oh my dear Robyn! I am so glad that you are still as passionate as I last saw you!
    Keep listening to the rhythm of the universe! 😉

  13. Amanda lookingbill says:

    Wow robyn you seem very dedicated best of luck!!!:-)

  14. Darla says:

    Good luck Robyn. Let us know how it goes. <3

  15. Annie says:

    Robyn – you are magical.
    Powers that be – please give this amazing person the chance to spread her light throughout the world around her : )


  16. anthony younes says:

    You’re great robyn. I know you will make me proud baby

  17. Christine says:

    Awesome! =)

  18. Aly says:

    You’re amazing! :)

  19. Angela says:

    Go, Robyn! Good luck!

  20. Spring says:

    Go Robyn!

  21. Erin J says:

    keep digging, ruby. you inspire me. please write more often!! xoxo

  22. Ashley Scott says:

    Robyn your amazing!!!! I love you much! Can’t wait to see your beautiful face!

  23. Eric Childers says:

    You’re awesome Robyn!

  24. Stephanie McD says:

    Robyn, Blessings to you. Dedication, life’s passion and true love for what you believe in is beatiful. It’s what life is about.

  25. daniel says:

    Robyn Rox!

  26. Amanda Y says:

    Keep yearning and learning, and life will continue to open up its treasures to you.

  27. jocelyn says:

    You rule, Robyn! So proud of you!

  28. D says:

    Robyn you are the best. Can’t wait to go to your next class!!!!

  29. Elisa says:

    Good luck to you, Robyn! I share the yoga love :)

  30. helena c says:

    Good luck Robyn! This is awesome!

  31. Helene says:

    Go Robyn — You rock!

  32. Gino D says:

    Go Robyn! Best of luck

  33. Marc says:

    Go Robyn!!!!

  34. Shanda says:

    Good Luck Robyn!!! You deserve this! So beautifully spoken! I love it

  35. Joe says:

    Go Robyn!!!

  36. Erin Smith says:

    I’ve always loved your writing and your poems you shared with me. :) Love you Robbie!

  37. Sigalle says:

    Robyn, as always you are brilliant and inspiring!!

  38. Inga says:


  39. forest says:

    this is awesome robyn! good luck!

  40. Jake says:

    Beautiful essay! Good luck!

  41. Christina says:

    Robyn, you are such a great teacher! Thank you!

  42. Janine says:

    Good luck, Robyn!

  43. Jake G says:

    Good Luck!

  44. Nicole L says:

    This is awesome!

  45. Rachael F says:

    So cool, Robyn! Good luck!

  46. Lauren says:

    Go Robyn!:)

  47. Elise says:

    I like it! Namaste.

  48. Marc says:

    Go Robyn!

  49. Erin says:

    Congrats Robyn for finding your passion!!

  50. Jim says:

    Robyn is great!

  51. jorge says:

    Robin you are the Best

  52. Sustainable NYC says:

    Robyn is a ray of light. We’re very happy to have her around and wish her the best of luck!

  53. Leah says:

    Good luck , Robyn!

  54. Josh says:

    Robyn you’re awesome! don’t stop dancing too!

  55. Virginia says:

    Robyn you inspire the raw humaness of truth in your awe inspiring words! Knock them dead girl…you’ll get thru. Your time is now. In light & love xxx

  56. Kyla Garcia says:

    This is beautiful. You are an inspiration, Robyn! Keep shining your radiant spirit into the darkness. Eventually, it will create a spark that will light the world. <3

  57. Sabina B. says:

    Good luck Robyn!!

  58. Taryn S. says:

    Good luck Robyn!!!!

  59. Haley says:

    Hope you win!!! Great job!

  60. Ellen says:

    Beautifully written, Good luck Robyn! :)

  61. Madeline says:

    you got this, girrrl!

  62. Jami Bailey says:

    Good luck Robin! Way to go… So happy for your journey…luv ya ~ jami

  63. charlie says:

    Love this!!

  64. Joseph Glaser says:


  65. Isabel Ezrati says:

    I’m rooting for you Robyn (and in association Hosh)!

  66. Theresa Mathews says:

    Great Job!

  67. Dominique Camacho says:

    Awesome! Good Luck! XOXO Dom

  68. Liz says:

    Love Robyn! She’s the best! Best of luck!

  69. Faith Lemon says:

    Well clearly this scholarship would be as lucky to have you as is everyone that your life touches. Grateful to be among them…
    much love,

  70. Meredith says:

    Beautifully said, Robyn! I can’t wait to see you reach this goal :)

  71. Dad on DEC 7,2011 says:

    Hi Robyn
    I am happy for yu try your best teacher

  72. sara says:

    Love this! Good luck lady!

  73. Lily says:

    Yay, Robin!

  74. Melanie says:

    Good luck!

  75. serafina riegel says:

    thank you for being my teacher and friend, my soul sister.

  76. Sam says:

    Good luck!

  77. Olivia Lane says:

    Go Robyn! No one with dance moves like you should live without being able to fulfill her wildest dreams!

  78. Sean Hart says:

    You’re classes are great. You deserve whatever training you desire.

    Sean Hart

  79. Tatjana says:


    i like:)

  80. Janet says:

    Growing and growing, wonderful!!

  81. Janet G. says:

    Robyn, you are growing and growing, as we all should be, wonderful

  82. Patti deihl says:

    You r amazing you have my vote!

  83. Angie says:

    Go Robyn! Good luck!

  84. Maddy says:

    I love yoga this!!

  85. Grace says:

    “Voting” for a yoga teacher training seems to be very un-yoga, just saying.

    Editors Reply: So is “judging” almost 100 students based on “what” exactly? We had to figure out a fair way to do this and thought this was one way. Thanks!

  86. Sharona says:


  87. Levi Cecil says:

    Robyn your the best ! go and get em !

  88. Phil says:

    Go robyn go!

  89. Tara says:

    You’re awesome, Robyn, good luck! All my love. -Tara

  90. Tom says:

    I studied Yoga under Robyn in a beautiful hut in Thailand. I highly recommend her!

  91. Quentin says:

    Go Robin go!

  92. Courtney F says:

    just beautiful, robyn! good luck

  93. dev says:

    What a great read – best of luck Robyn!

  94. Arielsf says:

    GO ROBIN!! You have my vote!

  95. Fred says:

    Get it robyn!!!!!

  96. Jess says:

    Yes! Good luck!

  97. Constantine Mavromoustakos says:

    Good luck Robyn

  98. Gerald D. Waugh says:

    You are simply the best, Robyn. As always, I want you to achieve EVERYTHING to which you aspire. It humbles me to call you a former student who is now my friend. Look to what heights you have soared.

  99. Rosanne Stabler says:

    Rubes (not Robyn), it’s so lovely to see your beautiful face again. I miss seeing it. Good luck! You’ve got the power so you will find your way. Rosie (April Ashtanga girl) xx

  100. Evan says:

    Great work!

  101. Michael says:

    Go yogi go!

  102. Benji says:

    Robyn, youve truly inspired and warmed my soul.

  103. Dottie says:

    Hiey sistah! Love you so much!

  104. Lauraburrows says:

    Rock on Goddess – shankti power! Xox

  105. Eva says:

    Amazing!! Love it.

  106. Jennifer says:

    Good luck Robyn!

  107. susan says:

    Good Luck girl, hope you get it!!!!

  108. annie says:

    Good Luck!!!

  109. martin werkman says:

    would love to win a yoga teacher training :)) in thailand ???? cheers xx

  110. Denise says:

    Great job, Robyn!

  111. Chris Ayres says:

    So wonderful reading Robyn’s work!

  112. Ginger says:

    Robyn rocks!

  113. Ashley says:

    Keep up the journey of growing and teaching! I hope you win!!!

  114. Lorelei says:

    I am looking foward to learning from you for as long as possible, there is magic in your teaching.

  115. Olivier David says:

    go for it sheshi 😉

  116. Pablo Salazar-Moreno says:

    Yogini rising! A wish of prosperity and fortitude on your journey. Om Shanti

  117. nicole oreb says:

    its’ been so long! looks like you are doing well for yourself! good luck hun!

  118. Richard says:

    AMAZING! <3

  119. Ande says:

    Get em girl

  120. Bunny says:

    Well, this seems obvious.

  121. Sam says:

    Lovely young lady – may your dreams come true.

  122. Cornelia says:

    Love you!

  123. Eric says:

    Good luck!

  124. Ricky says:

    Good luck sweetie. Love you.

  125. Boo says:

    Craazy girl. Get down dog!

  126. Nicole Settembrino says:


  127. Mandy says:

    Go Robyn! Do your thang!!

  128. Stephanie says:

    Inspiring commitment! I really appreciated your words about looking externally but knowing the growth comes from inside. Good luck!

  129. Selena roberts says:

    Get it girl!

  130. Laura says:


  131. Chris says:

    You’re the best!

  132. Amanda says:

    Best of luck!

  133. Noah says:

    Robyn has brought flexibilty to a new level and inspired me to name my new dog Downward…it would be unwise to pass her by.

  134. Carri says:

    Best of luck! You deserve this!

  135. Matthew Ortega says:

    Robyn should definitely be the one to win this scholarship. Good luck!

  136. Sam says:

    Good luck, Robyn! :)

  137. helen says:

    Robyn definitely understands what it takes to get to and through the dark center
    of stress and come to a lighter centered space. I was moved by Robyn’s essay
    and her ability to look at herself; only those who are unafraid to face themselves
    can lend a hand to others who want to use yoga as a means to become whole.

    I think Robyn would be the perfect recipient for the scholarship.

  138. Kabir agarwal says:

    Check it robyn

  139. David s. says:

    Best of luck!!!

  140. Desiree Russo says:

    You rock!

  141. Suz says:

    Amazinggg yoggga

  142. Nate says:

    Not a stretch to say its great…yes. Pun

  143. Gary Hirschkron says:

    Robyn desparately needs and deserves scholarship!

  144. Bob says:

    This lady deserves a scholarship because she exudes a sweetness that keeps people coming back!

  145. Vinny says:

    Anything for the best capp in the village…keep it coming!

  146. Jules says:

    Do it to it R! Lots of love!!

  147. Jessa says:

    I love yoga and i love your santa hat!!!!! Woot woot

  148. Lanimal says:

    Hot yoga. Hot essay.

  149. Alex says:

    Get it! She is the best!

  150. Pete says:

    Good luck

  151. Kristen says:

    Good luck!

  152. Michael jeffers says:

    Good luck!

  153. Bryan boyle says:

    !!! Do it girl!

  154. Marisa says:

    I love yoga! And i love you! Win!

  155. Joe enoch says:

    Robin is awesome! She is so flexible — she’s the only one i trust for yoga training!

  156. Margarita pranckeviciute says:

    Robyn is a hard worker and very passionate about yoga,she deserves the best.

  157. Laura Burrows says:

    Keep the shakti power rocking on you gorgeous Goddess! xoxoxoxox

  158. Cassandra Callaghan says:

    Robyn Rocks! She is the best yoga instructor ever!

  159. Arthur Smilios says:

    Robyn is super duper!

  160. alana says:

    You are the best Robyn!

  161. deb says:

    You are so wonderful and more than deserving of this opportunity.

  162. Sam says:

    Robyn, you rule! You go for it!

  163. Ellie says:

    Exciting! Good luck!

  164. zach says:

    You should win!

  165. peter says:

    good luck

  166. susana says:


  167. Kamara Thomas-Hartin says:

    I love Robyn! Best yoga teacher on the planet!

  168. Juan kingsley says:

    Robyn is so super, love her and wish her many shamin hangouts in the new year!

  169. Kristin morgan says:

    I second what justin said 😉

  170. David yarus says:


  171. G says:

    best of luck Robyn…Agama is a great school

  172. JDawg says:

    You most definitely deserve this. When it comes to your practice and teaching others, you show to exude much dedication, commitment, and passion. It is for these reasons you deserve to opportunity to bring your practice to the next level. Best of luck!

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