special offerings on the mat

Low Back Workshop Yoga Movement and Breath

Body Intelligence: Yoga + Movement + Breathwork for Low Backs

Dates: Thursdays, May 9-30 (4-week series)

Time: 7pm-8:20pm

Location: Luma Yoga, Santa Cruz

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Introduction to Vinyasa Yoga Series

Introduction to Vinyasa: Yoga for Beginners with Robin

Dates: September 2019

Time: To be announced

Location: Luma Yoga, Downtown Santa Cruz

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Past Workshops

If you are a studio owner and are interested in hosting Robin for a workshop or series, email [email protected] to request a list of offerings.

Journey Toward the Light with Vision

Saturday, August 6th, 2016, 12:00-2:00pm

Join Robin Penney for an all-levels sweaty and soulful vinyasa practice that will incorporate elements of refined alignment as we journey toward a “peak pose.” This class will follow a ladder flow sequence, where we add on a little bit at a time into the flow, learn various pieces of an advanced posture, practice variations on that posture so it’s accessible to all, and finally put it all together into a celebratory final flow. Move toward your vision through the journey of yoga!

Location: Nova Yoga, St. John’s Newfoundland, Canada

Vinyasa Sequencing with Key Actions: A Teachers Workshop

Saturday, August 6th, 2016, 2:30-4:30pm

Wanna learn how to teach your students how to work toward “peak poses” by adding key alignment actions into your vinyasa flow sequences? Join Robin Penney for an interactive and collaborative workshop for yoga teachers! We’ll explore how to select a peak pose for a given class, how to break it down into its component parts, how to focus on a key action in the body and weave that into a meaningful theme for your students. Finally, we’ll play with how to introduce these alignment details into a Vinyasa flow sequence. Open to current yoga teachers and to teacher trainees enrolled in a 200hr yoga teacher training.

Note: it will be useful to also attend the accompanying yoga practice “Journey Toward the Light of Vision” so our work together will be more concrete.

Location: Nova Yoga, St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada

Beginner’s Workshop

Sundays, January 24-February 21 (4 weeks, skipping Feb 14), 2016,  5:00 – 6:15pm

Here’s a great chance to begin the practice of alignment-based Vinyasa/Flow Yoga in a safe, comfortable environment surrounded by other Beginner Yogis!

  • Learn the basics elements of Vinyasa Yoga, including Sun Salutations
  • Learn proper alignment in fundamental poses and basic modifications
  • Appropriate for those new to yoga, or have been away for awhile
  • Gain strength, stability, lightness, and ease in the body and mind

Each class will build upon what is learned in previous sessions This is an opportunity to discover yoga in a safe and supportive environment. Gain the confidence and knowledge to practice and participate in Vinyasa/Flow and other yoga classes.

Pre-registration is required. Space is limited.

Location: Ananda Yoga, Scotts Valley

Rock Your Asana Series

Wanna progress in your yoga practice, but don’t know where to start? Learn the building blocks to some fun and funky poses, and develop a more confident, well-aligned practice

  • Week 1: Arm Balances (Crow Pose)
  • Week 2: Backbends (Wheel and Wild Thing)
  • Week 3: Standing Balances (Half Moon, Revolved Half Moon, Eagle, & Warrior 3
  • Week 4: Inversions (Dolphin, Half Handstand Prep, Tripod Headstand Prep)

Location: Nova Yoga, St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada

Asana Deconstructed Series

4 Weeks = 1 Pose. Wanna learn to do an advanced pose but need the tools to get there? This all-levels series will introduce you to an new and challenging pose every 4 weeks (see line up of poses for each month, listed below). We’ll deconstruct the pose into its component parts, and build upon your knowledge each week. You’ll learn skill builders to work on the strength, flexibility and balance you need to perform the pose. You’ll also enjoy beautiful variations of the pose to practice while you journey toward the full expression of the asana. The story and the mythology behind the pose will also be explored.

Challenge Poses

Arm Balances: 

  • Eka Pada Galavasana (Flying Pigeon)
  • Parsva Bakasana (Side Crow)
  • Astavakrasana (Crooked in 8 Places)
  • Maksikanagasana (Dragonfly)


  • Urdhva Dhanurasana (Full Wheel)
  • Eka Pada Rajakapotasana (Royal Pigeon)


  • Pincha Mayurasana (Forearm Balance)
  • Adho Mukha Vrksasana (Handstand)

Seated Twists:

  • Surya Yantrasana (Sundial)

Location: Nova Yoga, St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada


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