Private Yoga + Movement

highly customized sessions to support and challenge you

either outdoors or online

the perfect way to address your specific goals with 1×1 attention and practice design





Ongoing Private Studentship

Wanna work one-one-one, safely, and with more flexibility in terms of time and space? Private yoga + movement sessions are perfect.

I work with students on a regular basis (usually weekly) on individual goals in both body and mind. These sessions are completely customized based on YOU, your body, and what you need to both appropriately challenge and support you.

Great for both those who are brand new to yoga, have injuries they need to work on/around, and seasoned practitioners who want to go deeper into individual practice.

Available as online sessions (you’ll need a laptop with a webcam and microphone and a good internet connection), or in person (outdoors on my Yoga Deck, socially-distanced style) in Santa Cruz, CA.

Ask me about adding a friend to your sessions, and we can chat about options, or keep it yourself and get the benefit of one-on-one attention!

My schedule is fairly full at the moment, but please drop me an email using the link below so we can get you started! Also, ask me about my New Student Special, and get 3 sessions for the price of 2.

Personalized Sessions for Groups

Wanna do some yoga + movement with your significant other or with your small pod / bubble?

Or perhaps get a group of girlfriends together for some socially-distanced beach yoga?

Or you want to set up a standing weekly online yoga session for you and your close pals to stay connected and feel mindful and strong together.

Let’s do it.

 Available as online sessions (you’ll need a laptop with a webcam and microphone and a good internet connection), or in person (outdoors on my Yoga Deck, socially-distanced style) in Santa Cruz, CA. Or…on the beach, as pictured here!

” 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 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’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

“I wanted to praise this fine human being, friend and supporter. Last year I came to Robin Penney with lower back pain that radiated all the way to my foot. We started to work together in private sessions. She designed a series of moves, positions and stretches for me. Also, she suggested applying Frankincense oil to the area.

I went from barely able to walk to being normal again AND I did NOT need to take the Epidural, which I was scheduled to do. Together with her work outs, the oil, walking 3x week and a series of weight lifting (which she highly recommends), I can confidently say that I am stronger, healthier and happier now. I am lucky to have a friend like Robin Penney in my life.

THANK you, Robin, for your patience, love and expertise. Consistence is the key to progress! “

Monica Heine

Natural Cleaning Consultant, H2O at Home



Where are private sessions held? 

I offer private sessions on my outdoor deck beneath the California oak trees at my Scotts Valley/Santa Cruz home, or I can come to you, if you have appropriate outdoor space and the scheduling works out. I follow all COVID safety requirements to ensure we all stay healthy. 

Are online private sessions available? 

Absolutely! I teach many of my regular students online these days, and it works out beautifully. You’ll need a laptop with a webcam and a mic, a good Internet connection, a mat, and your own props. More setup instructions are provided to ensure all goes smoothly!

My house is small / messy / chaotic / fill in the blank. Can I still have an online practice session in my home? 

Yes! You just need room for a mat (yours). Practicing within your own life gives you an opportunity to experience breath and body work in a whole new way that is separate from a yoga studio experience. This can be very powerful. Of course, I’m happy for you to come to my outdoor deck in Santa Cruz, if you prefer.

How is a 1×1 session different from a group class?

Well, obviously, it’s just YOU. Which means that you get to:

  • Do whatever you want to do…No compromises to accommodate other students
  • Enjoy a completely customized yoga practice that is built for you on that day
  • Ask as many questions as you want
  • Fit your practice more easily into your schedule and your life

Read this blog post on why private yoga is even more amazing than your favorite yoga class!

Who benefits from private yoga?

1×1 sessions are especially beneficial if you:

  • Have time constraints on your schedule, so need yoga brought to you
  • Want to deepen your practice
  • Feel self-conscious about body, flexibility, or perceived limitations
  • Are new to yoga and need help getting started
  • Have a specific goal or pose you need help with
  • Have a desire for more 1×1 emotional support
  • Miss the pre-COVID days of group yoga classes and need to find a way to bring yoga back into your life
  • Are “a little competitive” in a group class and want to have a more internally focused practice
  • Those with injuries or illness
  • Want an outside motivator (ME!!) to help you to commit to your practice.

How long is each private session? 

Each private session is 60-minutes.

How frequently are private sessions scheduled? 

Most private students schedule weekly sessions at a regular day and time so that there is consistency to the practice. However, depending upon my availability, sessions can be spaced out according to your needs.


Need Help Deciding What’s Best for You?

No worries…just send me a quick note and we can sort out what type of session is best for you based on your needs.