Hello! My name is Alex (@alexmcrobs). I am a Canadian Expatriate living in Abu Dhabi and the creator of the MLPC. I work full time as a grade one teacher, but my passion outside of my work is helping others find balance, purpose and intention through practicing yoga and life coaching. I am a 500-hour Registered Yoga Teacher with the Yoga Alliance and a Certified Life Coach with Life Purpose Institute, which is a designated International Coaching Federation school. I offer sober coaching for people looking to change their relationship with alcohol. I am also a certified barre instructor and a spinning instructor.
My journey in this work began over ten years ago, when I started practicing yoga regularly as a university student. I was immediately drawn to the way my regular yoga practice helped me heal and move forward. In 2014 I completed my first Yoga Teacher Training. My goal is to guide you through yoga classes that are accessible yet challenging, work towards a postural goal, and leave you feeling grounded. I also hold certifications in Kids Yoga, Prenatal and Postnatal Yoga, Workshop Design, Trauma-Informed Yoga, Adjustments and Assists.
When I moved to Kuwait at age 23, I had my first real experience of culture shock. Living in a culture so foreign to me, coupled with the fact that I couldn't regularly attend yoga classes, really challenged my mental health. The nearest yoga studio was an hour drive away, and it wasn't affordable for me on my teacher's salary. I was able to teach yoga for my colleagues, which helped, but what I truly missed was the community and connection that being part of a yoga studio environment gave me.
It became important to me that wherever I moved, that a studio was within driving distance. However, in 2020, when the Coronavirus Pandemic occurred, it became apparent that even being in driving distance of a studio can't guarantee your ability to practice there. Once again being disconnected from my yoga community, I decided to launch The MLPC - "The Mindful Life Practice Community" (@themlpc). What started as one yoga class with me on Zoom quickly evolved to a fully operational virtual yoga studio, with 25 live classes per week, 12 international teachers, and 250+ archived, on-demand classes to play at any time.
Due to my many years teaching yoga as an expatriate, The MLPC naturally became an online community of travelers and expats - bringing together my former yoga students, friends and colleagues from all walks of lives and all countries. What we share in common is our experience as travelers or expats and our mutual understanding of some of the unique challenges we face living in cultures that are foreign to us. What sets the MLPC apart as a virtual yoga studio is that we are not just about movement and mindfulness, we are about connection and community.
In my free time, I play the guitar and spend time with my cat, Princess. If Princess is awake during yoga, she sometimes enjoys assisting my classes by jumping on the computer, weaving in and out and under me while teaching yoga flows, and also walking back and forth across the yoga mat (sorry in advance! Once you meet her you'll love her).
"Just thought I'd say a big congratulations for all you've accomplished this month. I remember seeing you in Kat's yoga classes, and from time to time you'd take over. You have such a natural way of sensing the room and helping others feel at ease. Your openness also helps others be vulnerable, and trust you. You're a phenomenal teacher, and I'm so happy to see how you've put together the MLP in a month, while juggling so many other things. Hats off to you, Alex. You repeated so many times, while in difficult poses, that we can do hard things. And seeing you put that into practice is so inspiring. Whether it's sobriety, starting up a business, checking in with students - ALL the things. Congratulations, Alex."
"As you know, Alex, rarely, I am at a loss for words - I just can't put into sentences what a fantastic teacher you are, so I will just list some key words that apply:
and more...of course it was my first time, but you came across as if it was the absolute full focal point of the present moment - which it was - but just so natural, so encouraging, so giving."
I was never one to be interested in life coaching. In fact, the very idea of it in many ways made me uncomfortable. However, my opinion has entirely changed working with Alex McRobs from The Mindful Life Practice. Over the past eight weeks, we have spent sessions deeply exploring and aligning my personal and professional goals and I am so much better off because of it! Through this, I was able to work out what had been keeping me stuck and confused for so long, and for that I am forever grateful. Thank you doesn't even do it justice, Alex.