Romy Phillips, author, Yoga Forma: A Visual Resource Guide for the Spine and Lower Back (Plain Sight Publishing). has been teaching yoga since 2001. A former arts administrator from New York City, with a BFA in painting and sculpture from the Maryland Institute College of Art; and a MFA in Arts Administration, from Columbia University. She spent a decade serving a number of roles at prominent arts organizations in New York City, namely The Museum of Modern Art and The Guggenheim Museum. In time, the pressures and stress of work and city life led her by chance to Los Angeles in 1999, where in spite of her artistic pursuits, a life devoted to health took over. She walked into City Yoga one spring day in 1999 and her life took a dramatic turn which led her on the path to becoming a yoga teacher. Now she is a certified yoga instructor who has taught in a number of studios in the Los Angeles area and leading teacher trainings in Tokyo, Japan China and Vietnam.
Romy has background in dance and studied ballet, modern and jazz in Baltimore, Washington D.C. and New York City. She has also completed a number of teacher trainings including Anusura and Yoga Works (Lisa Walford & Birgette Kirsten).She has assisted three 200 hour trainings at Yogaworks and has lead five Yoga Works 200 Hr. Teacher Trainings in Tokyo & Osaka, Japan, ( 2012-2017) Beijing (2015). She co-led the first YW 300HR trainings in Shenzhen (2016) and Saigon (2018). Romy has developed a 30HR Yoga Forma Intensive that has been held 6 times at First Ship in Tokyo, Yokohama, and Osaka.
Romy has studied Gross Anatomy at UCLA and was a Physical Therapy Rehabilitation Aide at UCLA Outpatient Rehabilitation Department, where she had the opportunity to conduct patient care and observe numerous staff performing therapeutic treatment. Romy has also attended numerous intensives and workshops with internationally recognized teachers in the yoga community including: Patahbi Jois, John Friend, Chuck Miller & Maty Ezraty, Lisa Walford, Jasmine Lieb, Cindy Lee, Kranti, Rodney Yee, Erich Schiffman, Max Strom, Mark Stephens, Chad Hamrin, Richard Freeman, Rod Stryker, Donna Farhi, Annie Carpentar, Natasha Rizopulous & more.