Group Classesat Luma Yoga, downtown Santa Cruz
MON & WED
Yoga Level 1/2
Childcare Available: 6 mos – 6 years on Wednesdays
TUES & THURS
Inner Fire Flow
Childcare Available: 6 mos – 6 years
Next Level Vinyasa
Come prepared to breathe, move, and listen to the intelligence of your own body! If you’re new to my class, I encourage you to take at least one private session with me so we can get to know each other, especially if you’re just beginning your yoga journey, you have an injury that you are working with, or you have specific questions/goals that would be better addressed outside the group class environment.
In group classes, I’m careful to offer options for all levels and abilities. The practice is a mix of vinyasa flow (moving between poses using the rhythm of the breath) and pose breakdowns/variations. I will often provide unique ideas for using props like blocks, straps, blankets, and sometimes the wall to support what we are working on in that particular class. I often teach using a “ladder flow” structure so that you can learn a sequence of poses and then repeat variations on that flow to practice it and find further refinement and openness as the class progresses. I will offer detailed action-based cues that encourage a balance of flexibility and stability in the body – take as much of it in as you can and leave the rest. The energetic practice is largely one of paying attention, developing awareness, opening up to greater energy outside the self, and being HERE in your body/mind so you can connect more fully to community and family off the mat.
Most classes will feature a mix of centering/breathwork, sun salutations, standing postures, balancing poses, backbends, inversions, seated postures, twists, and a final relaxation. If you’re new to the art of modifying yoga postures, a private session or two can help you prepare for group classes, so you can find pose variations that fit your body and support your practice more fully.
All classes are held at Luma Yoga in downtown Santa Cruz, and are either 50 or 80 minutes long. Extra bonus: many of my classes at Luma have either childcare or kids yoga available! So your children can be well cared for and very well occupied with Luma’s excellent children’s program facilitators while you’re in class. Yay!
I look forward to helping guide your experience inward through the practice.
The practices that Robin leads help me slow down a little without sacrificing breath and the strength and flexibility of the flow. I also love how each class she has taught that I have come to has been different; she offers a variety of poses, which is great, seeing how a lot of teachers will teach the same flow time and time again. Most of the other classes I go to are more of a power flow vinyasa, so the pace of Robin’s class is a gentle reminder for me to take a step down from time to time. My husband, Alex, enjoyed her class as he has not been to yoga in a really long time and he felt it was a good pace for beginners, again without sacrificing the strength of the practice.Kristen Cloer
Yoga Level 1/2
Hatha Yoga is the traditional form of yoga in which postures are practiced to align, strengthen, and promote flexibility in the body. Breathing techniques and meditation are also commonly practiced. All classes on the Luma schedule are hatha yoga in nature, and each of our instructors shape the focus, pace, and structure of the practice with their unique teaching style.
Level 1/2 is a beginner-intermediate class. Those students brand new to yoga are welcome, as are those with a regular practice.
Inner Fire Flow
All-levels vinyasa flow practice that will help you to build heat from the inside out through breathe work and a strong flow. Classes are inventive and thoughtful sequences of sun salutations, standing & seated postures, core work (there’s that fire!), back bending and inversions – guided by a steady breath to tone and calm the mind. Repeating shapes and skill builders will lead up to a peak posture (with lots of options and stages to practice), all anchored in alignment work that will help grow your overall yoga practice. Wind down with some stretchy goodness and a great savasana (final relaxation), and leave with a deep connection to your own interior landscape. Challenging, yet easeful, this practice will get your day started with inner awareness and outer glow!
Next Level Vinyasa
Ready to take your practice to the next level, but not sure how? Come and grow your yoga in a supportive group environment specifically designed to help you develop your practice.
This group practice revolves around a set vinyasa flow sequence that is repeated each week so that students can build on what they have practiced in the past. The sequence incorporates many familiar poses, as well as more challenging postures (such as arm balances, inversions, and backbends). The instructor practices with the group, and we often stop to break down a posture in more detail to learn steps, tricks, variations, and skill builders.The sequence is designed to build strength, remove toxins, improve balance, and develop mobility.
Though there is serious studentship in this class, we also encourage laughter and a casual approach to practice that is light and easy with no pressure. Students should have at least one year of regular yoga experience, and a desire to explore advanced postures.
Robin is a very knowledgeable and dedicated yoga teacher. Her passion for teaching shows in her class preparation and in her expressions of excitement for her students’ progress. Her classes are very well sequenced and her alignment-based approach to vinyasa flow make every class a learning experience for new and experienced yogis alike. I would recommend Robin’s classes to anyone and everyone and it’s truly a privilege to practice yoga under her guidance.Ron Murphy
What sets Robin apart is her commitment to form. In 10+ years of practice, I’ve never met another instructor who could break down a pose as thoroughly and effectively. She brings the same methodical approach to every pose, from downward-facing dog to astavakrasana. She corrects alignment and gives useful cues to engage the right muscles and prevent injury. She makes the impossible possible! My strength and flexibility improved in leaps and bounds once we began working together. Challenge poses that had always seemed far out of reach became a regular part of my practice.
Robin has tremendous skill and knowledge. It’s so clear that she puts a great deal of time and effort into preparing her classes and that speaks to the care and respect she has for her students. Her manner is soothing and calm; her classes always feel like one loooooong, lovely, exhale. She is the ideal instructor for yogis of all levels. If you’re unrolling your mat for the first time in Robin’s class, you are so lucky! You will literally begin your yoga journey on the right foot.Sharon Bala
The beautiful studio space at Luma Yoga!
All the props…
Hang out time after class in the lounge.
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