Meet Robinyogi + mover + mom
Yoga + Movement Teacher - E-RYT 500
The experience of yoga is, to me, a deeply healing practice that feels good in the body/mind, much like “coming home.” It strengthens and fortifies us for challenges by helping us find our center when things get rough. It reminds us that we are not alone.
My passion is the intersection of the Vinyasa breath-based practice and the detailed and refined actions we can take the in the body to more fully connect to our Self, so most of my study is directed in that area. I’ve also studied on a personal level in my own practice (which I then share with my students) the Yoga Tune Up method using self-massage balls, essential oils, and other various movement modalities to increase tissue regeneration and to modify for different bodies and ranges of motion. I’m currently obsessed with functional movement, and have studied with Jules Mitchell and Jenni Rawlings to expand my knowledge and practice in this area.
I relocated in 2015 from St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada, where I taught at Nova Yoga studio, and I now live in the Santa Cruz, California area where I teach private yoga + movement lessons and group classes. Along with me are my husband and two teenage children, who keep me very busy.
I’m so thrilled that you’re embarking further on the journey. Please start with one of my complimentary videos to connect to your body/mind, here on my Community. Let’s flow with breath and meaning!
Anyone who knows me would describe me as someone who is highly organized and gets a lot done. Not the most common description for a yogi, but that is me nonetheless. I’m also described as compassionate, strong, and calm, but those attributes have taken some time to expand in me. I have my yoga practice to thank for that.
I am incredibly passionate about bringing the benefits of yoga to my fellow multi-taskers in a way meets them where they are, gives them options, and helps them find ways to expand their physical, mental, and spiritual capacity over time. This does NOT mean that we work toward the most pretzel-ey or most outwardly impressive version of a pose. It means that sometimes we do very simple-looking movements that require a new level of strength. Or we back out of a pose a little bit so that we focus more on active strength versus passive strength. Or we shift the angle of a familiar pose so that we get to experience a new variation, which our brains love. Or that we add “load” (body weight, props, free weights, whatever!!) to keep our bodies humming and getting stronger. A lot of times, that means that the refinement comes from using the breath as the focus. It’s important to learn to listen deeply to the body and mind, and to nurture our nervous systems, muscles, cells, and those elusive lines of energy in the subtle body that REALLY connect us to ourselves.
I believe that introducing more people to the deeply healing benefits of yoga through pose variations and getting up and down off the floor within the framework of a fully breath-based Vinyasa flow practice has the power to completely transform our inner and outer experience. Focusing on one thing at a time and seeing the connections between how we move our bodies, how we treat ourselves in our practice, and our tendencies off the mat can show us a lot about who we are and where imbalances hang out. And we can use that as fuel for transformation.
Being super productive and hard-working aren’t inherently negative qualities, but left unchecked they created a huge amount of imbalance in me. I worked in the software industry for many years and that world fed my perfectionistic nature. There was always more work to do, more email to deal with, more meetings to attend. When my children were very young, this created a huge strain on my marriage and my own feelings of self-worth. I struggled with headaches, lack of sleep, and pain in my hips, shoulders, and low back.
Yoga changed all of that.
I had dabbled in yoga here and there in my 20s, but it wasn’t until I had hit a wall at work and in my personal life that yoga really had a profound impact on my relationship with myself. I started to understand that I WAS okay, I WAS strong and graceful and capable, but that I needed to break away from work a little more and be on the mat with myself, to build in the ritual of practice. I had to put in effort in a different way than always sitting at a computer, controlling life from a screen. I had to turn INWARD.
My yoga practice was renewed in the beautiful breath-based world of Vinyasa flow. I loved
I practiced in that system for a long time, until my body was starting to crave and need something more…more stability, more true mobility (versus passive flexibility)…and I started to incorporate the science of evidence-based functional movement that helps our bodies cultivate true strength. I learned to slow WAY down, to re-learn how to use my body, to notice how small changes could have profound effects, on and off the mat. I started teaching, and this approach of mindful movement within the Vinyasa practice has been my baseline for the past few years. I keep learning, as we all do, and hope that I can pass on some of this knowledge to the wonderful students who come to practice with me!
I offer all of my teachings from a deeply nurturing and supportive place.
I’m known for my attention to each student, either in a private session or in group classes. One of my specialties is my ability to meet students where they are and make challenging postures come within the realm of possibility through variations, modifications, and skill builders. This allows me to teach the aspects of yoga that will be most beneficial to the student, helping them progress in their practice beyond where they thought was possible. I just love teaching students to find breakthroughs!
Here are things I believe:
Systems work. As much as I want to do things, it’s pretty easy to be lazy and
Stay inspired. I need to keep steady voices in my psyche or I can go down the rabbit hole of to-do lists and disconnected logic.
Pain is connected to food, movement, stress, sleep, water, and emotion.
Calm is a state to cultivate.
Living = Time with family + enjoying the space and feeling of home + adventuring + seeing the world + connection with friends + being real + learning new things + expanding capabilities + working hard at what you love + being open to spirit + lifting others up + relaxing and letting ease in.
Daily practice of some kind is nurturing.
Teaching is a mindful practice.
The body feeds and affects the mind. And vice versa.
Movement is good. Variation is good. Mobility is good.
Stillness is good. Control is good.
Learning to create lines of energy in the body allows you to create lines of energy in life.
Perfect is the enemy of the good.
People are not so scary.
I am influenced by the energy around me. And I can create energy.
Sound (voice, tone, vibration) has a profound effect.
Honesty is important.
Seeing nature is a gift.
Walking in the same direction as another is unifying. As is practicing on the mat together.
Working with energetic themes through the physical body helps insights land.
Stories are important. Our lives echo and evolve the collective consciousness and those who came before us.
Love and intimacy are hard and confronting.
Screen time must (and can) be limited. Live in real life.
Science is cool.
Faith is cool.
Questioning is cool.
Trust is cool.
Intentions + follow through = transformation
The environment around us influences our mental state. Beauty and clean lines are important.
Simple is beautiful.
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