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Taiwan Fun Magazine, March 2006

The Swami Salami School of Yoga

By Rebekah Godfrey Translated by Ann Lee

8, Alley 3, Lane 251, ZhongXiao E Rd, Sec 3
MRT: FuXing station, ext 1

Don't let the name fool you; this isn't a place to buy Italian sausage. It's a school of yoga, with a "swami", or master teacher, named Rob Ogle. Rob isn't your ordinary yoga teacher, either. He's an American who left Taiwan for 1 1/2 years to study yoga intensely in India before coming back to Taipei to open his own studio. Having lived in Taiwan for 9 years total, Rob is more than familiar with the language and culture here, and conducts his classes in both Chinese and English.

With yoga studios popping up all over Taipei, Rob knows he can't compete with the "big names" in terms of size and facilites. But most large studios lack the one-on-one coaching that Rob gives his students on a daily basis. You won't find any mirrors on the walls because they're not necessary in Rob's class---he gives his students enough personal attention that they don't have to check their pose in a mirror every two seconds. Instead, his walls are graced with original photographs or artwork done by artists. This building is small, unprentious, and simple, which is actually quite refreshing, since paying extra money for a plush yoga studio doesn't guarantee a quality teacher.

Rob truly wants to help other people, and his sincerity is evident when you meet him. Besides teaching the yoga fundamentals, he is a yoga therapist who helps his students when they have injuries, especially back injuries. Rob's method of teaching suits all levels of yoga enthusiasts, from beginner to advanced, while also focusing on the spiritual aspects of the practice. Each class starts with chanting Om five times and then chanting a Sanskrit prayer to help you concentrate on your breathing. For more specific information regarding class schedules, teaching methods, and fees, visit Rob's website at www.swamischoolofsalami.com