Ojai, California is home to some of the best trails I have ever hiked, and most of them are just minutes away from us. Paul and I have hiked here and there on the weekends, but most of my trail time happens on Monday mornings with a group led by Robert Evans via the Ojai Valley Athletic Club.
I’m getting to know this side of the Los Padres National Forest thanks to Robert. We first met in January when I joined OVAC and started going on his weekly hikes. Since then, I have enjoyed his Yoga, QiGong and Spin classes, as well. Please meet (or get to know better) one of my favorite Ojai Valley locals via this short, sweet Q&A.
Robert, how long have you lived in the Ojai Valley?
I was raised in the valley from age 6-16 and retuned to Ojai in 1997.
What brought you here?
My car (haha, you funny). I really was craving a quieter place to live and wanted to be closer to my mom.
When and why did you become a health and wellness professional?
I started in 1999. Wanted to be able to be of service to others.
What were you doing before then?
I owned a jewelry manufacturing and repair company.
Where do you like to go to get away?
Our local mountains and the beaches of Telum, Mexico.
What are some of your favorite things about this area?
The wonderful mountains, running on the trails, and the people.
Is there an activity that you enjoy leading the most?
It is pretty much whatever I’m doing in the moment but my very favorite are my yoga and pool classes.
FYI: Robert also teaches Yoga classes outside of OVAC. Most of the classes I have taken from him have been at OVAC, but I did catch a few of his “Yoga and Wine” events at Majestic Oak Vineyard before they ended for the season. It’s a lovely combination, by the way!
What would you do if you weren’t doing this?
Running a yoga and surf retreat in Ecuador.
Any advice for those looking to shift to a healthier lifestyle?
Just get started and find what you like best and do it more!
Where can people go to find out about all of the services you offer?
Find me at GoOjai for hiking and OmOjai for yoga.
Thank you, Robert Evans! And thank you, friends near and far, for keeping up with us on our Caretaking Couple adventures. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to share them here.
Valynne & Paul