Hello and Welcome!
My name is Robin, and I am a Toronto-based yoga, movement, and mindfulness instructor. My passion is sharing these tools and techniques with clients to help them improve their physical health, reduce stress, and enhance overall wellbeing.
My own experience with yoga and meditation began when I was 16. I later started to practice seriously while studying theatre in New York. After travelling through Southeast Asia, I completed my foundational 500 hour yoga teacher training in 2006. I trained in mindfulness based group practice at the Mt. Sinai Psychotherapy Institute in 2012 and recently participated in Yoga Detour's 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training. More recently, I've complemented my yoga background with studies in strength training.
Over the past 10 years, I have mostly taught hatha and restorative yoga with a focus on mindful movement, stress reduction and mobility. I've worked in studio settings, private homes, corporate environments, hospitals, conferences, schools, and gyms with a wide variety of populations. I have experience using yoga and/or mindfulness to support clients with a range of concerns including women’s health, chronic pain, stress, sleep hygiene, healthy ageing, mental health, grief & loss, and chronic illness.
In 2016, I obtained my Masters in spiritual care and psychotherapy, focusing on grief & bereavement as well as supporting individuals at end of life. I am also currently pursuing further training in psychotherapy at the Ontario Psychotherapy and Counselling Program. Drawing on my education in psychology and counselling, my teaching approach aims to be inclusive, supportive and non-judgmental. My primary focus is on enabling clients to connect with a form of practice that speaks to their unique needs and helps them work towards their health and wellness goals.
ABOUT YOGA + MINDFULNESS
YOGA was originally developed in India as a system for training the body, mind, and spirit. In its transition to the West, Yoga has become especially well known for the benefits offered by postural practice (asana) as well as breathing practices (pranayama). I teach Hatha Yoga with a focus on alignment, strength, and mobility. Classes and privates may incorporate some vinyasa (flow) and breath awareness as well as the use of props. My approach is also informed by my background in psychology, movement studies, and Ayurveda (traditional Indian medicine).
MINDFULNESS is the practice of paying attention to our experience in the present, on purpose, and (theoretically!) without judgment. Mindfulness derives from Buddhist practices and has become popular in the West as a simple and accessible way to become more present in our lives and reduce stress.Through body awareness, breath practice and basic meditation, mindfulness can help to change not so much the content of our experience, but rather the way in which we relate to that experience.
There are many different branches and styles of both yoga and mindfulness, and it's important to find one that is right for you. Yoga and mindfulness can be beneficial for many. However, they might not be the most effective tools under certain circumstances or conditions.
Again, I'd be happy to discuss an approach that would best serve you and/or refer you to another practitioner if needed.
"Robin is such an intuitive and generous person to work with. I came to her after being in a fairly serious car accident, and she developed a thoughtful, gentle and holistic practice for me. She gave me lots of tips - like stretching, breathing and mindfulness exercises - to integrate into my daily life. I was also grateful for her hands-on assists, which, subtle and on-point, always help to illuminate the heart of a pose."
-Harriet Lye, Private Yoga Client
"Robin has the most winning, personable style in the way she provided training, and her experience and expertise were obvious. She tailored it [mindfulness practice] exactly to our needs...and provided examples that our workers could relate to. I also really appreciated the thought she gave in terms of the choice of materials, suggesting ways that busy workers can implement mindfulness in daily life. Robin is an excellent facilitator, and the staff loved her gracious presence. I was so pleased with her work. There was nothing I would have changed."
-Ann Keating, Pastoral Consultant at Catholic Children's Aid