love letters from students

I have spent the last couple of months in private practice with Robin. She is amazing!!!! Very attentive to my needs and guides me, as far as, my body will take me. Asking it to go as far as it can without pain. She really listens and is so knowledgeable. If your looking for personal Yoga instruction, geared towards your needs, in an easy-going comfortable setting, I highly recommend you contact her.

TJ Hull

I enjoyed our private sessions and got a lot of them! I appreciated that Robin listened to me about my problem and helped me adjust my practice accordingly. She was professional and easy to work with and I feel I have a tool kit to go to.

Sarina King

Every Friday myself and a handful of co-workers transform our office conference room into a yoga studio for a lesson with Robin.  Robin teaches with very thoughtful verbal cues, which allows her to weave amongst students to help with alignment, placement and modifications for each pose.  This is a perfect fit for small group lessons. The small group classes allow for the joy and camaraderie of practicing yoga with a community and the individual touches of a one-on-one session.  Robin’s keen sense for alignment has helped me become more aware of my posture in asana poses.  It’s amazing how different a pose can feel with the smallest adjustment or flex of a muscle. Robin has also been challenging us with new poses and strength builders to get us there.  I think half of the group can now hold crow pose. Robin’s group lesson is the perfect end to the work week!

Melissa Monk

I passionately look forward to my weekly private practice with Robin because I truly feel transformed. The most special attribute of a private session is how Robin works with how your body is feeling that day or specific requests to strengthen certain areas of your body. Her knowledge of the human body, yoga poses that effect specific areas, as well as your level in the practice are all accounted for so you never feel like you can’t do it. In fact, sometimes you surprise yourself. I’m both physically and mentally challenged each session with new found strength and realizing a better part of myself emerging each time.

Thanks to Robin, I feel like I can give more of myself to the life surrounding me.

Malaka Ibrahim Thompson


I’ve been practicing yoga for 10 years and have ALWAYS struggled with the pressure put on my wrists in the poses. Many teachers have offered suggestions for keeping wrists healthy in those poses, but not until I started taking Robin Penney’s classes did my body really learn how to do it.

Then I sprung for a private yoga session with Robin – my first ever – and we really got into exactly what MY body needed to work around the carpel tunnel I’ve developed since having my baby. It was the kind of attention I really needed that is just not possible to get in a group class.

Today I went to a group yoga class and had ZERO pain in my wrists for the first time EVER since I’ve been practicing yoga!!

If you are a yogi or yogini in Santa Cruz, I highly recommend doing a private session (or a few, or regularly!) with Robin. It was like physical therapy and a massage and yoga all rolled into one and super personalized just for me. Well worth it.

Melanie Munir

Coach, Professional Wild Woman

Thank you Robin for such a lovely time working 1-on-1 with you. As many of my friends know, I appreciate what Yoga does for the body but, I don’t do well in classes and easily get bored or distracted. No judgment… just the way I am.

I have learned that what works for me is practicing alone at home, so the 1-on-1 was perfect. Robin was so patient with my clumsiness and chattiness. I am excited to practice getting into some of those poses, like Crow, with her extra tips and advice. She helped me identify some of the nuances that I need to pay attention to… and props to help me get there without breaking my nose.  So THANK YOU!!

If any of my local friends are looking for some personal Yoga instruction, geared towards your needs, in an easy-going comfortable setting, I highly recommend you give her a call. For my non-local friends, you may want to check our her online instruction too. If Robin could get me to love it and focus, then she can help anyone.

Laurie Hartman Aiello

Healthy Lifestyle Coach

Robin’s teaching style is both infectious and contagious. I love her slow, soft, & gentle voice. Robin has a playful, yet very specific way of teaching. She’s quite thorough and provides great detail. I enjoyed the online Flying Pigeon series tremendously! Thank you, Robin! ❤️

Sylvia Howse

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


I just did one of Robin’s online classes! I was feeling very stressed after a long day at work, and feel significantly more relaxed and in my body after the practice! Thank you!

Alexa Stratiotis


I love practicing and learning with Robin. Robin brings a wealth of knowledge and passion to every practice which influences and motivates me every time I step on my mat. Lots of love and respect for Robin, a great teacher and a beautiful person to share all things yoga with.

Heather Stamp Nunes

Executive Coach, Leadership Matters

I met Robin not long after becoming a yoga teacher myself. I realized after practicing with her that I wanted to become “that kind” of a teacher. Robin quickly became both a mentor and a friend! Robin is very educated when it comes to yoga. She has a true understanding of the physical body with regards to how it should feel in a yoga pose and will very skillfully take you there by her precise teachings using alignment cues. Robin became well respected in the yoga community as a “teacher’s teacher.” Robin often weaves in some ancient wisdom and storytelling into her teachings to allow her students to experience yoga on a deeper level by reminding them of the roots behind our modern-day approach to yoga. Her organizational skills are greatly reflected in her well-planned and transformative yoga classes.

Kelly Bursey

Yoga Teacher and Health Coach, Kelly Bursey Health Coach

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


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


I loved participating in this Flying Pigeon online class! I will continue to practice and use the learning materials into the upcoming year. The materials Robin presented were detailed, thorough and also encouraging. I‘m not sure I’ll ever get to this pose but it doesn’t matter since the strength I’m building along the way is important to me now. I look forward to working with Robin on future courses!

Theresa Dobbin-Pittman



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