Robin is the owner of the Stress Management Center of Marin. A 35 year veteran of yoga, she has been teaching yoga therapy for 15 years. Her principal certifications are from the American Yoga College (aka International Yoga College) with Rama Jyoti Vernon. She was also a Board Member of AYC. Robin holds certifications in Yoga of the Heart (TM) Level 1 and 2 with Nischala Joy Devi, and decades of study with Angela Farmer and Victor van Kooten. Additionally, Robin's background includes Kripalu yoga, Iyengar yoga, Shiatsu and Thai massage, Feldenkrais, Dharma- and Acu-Yoga.
Robin's teaching experience includes yoga therapy classes at both SMC and Kaiser Permanente, and a large private practice, along with specialty classes at the Brain Injury Network of the Bay Area and private locations, working with various types of mental illness, respiratory illness and orthopedic issues. Robin can also be found on the 50 yard line at Marin Catholic High School, working with the football team! She is available for private classes and one-to-one care.
Lynn began her study of yoga in India 50 years ago. She completed three certified teacher trainings prior to her study with Gary Kraftsow at the American Viniyoga Institute, where she completed the 1000 hour therapist training. She is a certified ViniYoga Therapist and a member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT). Lynn is featured in Gary Kraftsow’s two DVD series on the NIH-sponsored Clinical Study on the Back. She has been a teacher at the Stress Management Center of Marin since we opened in 2000. She also offers classes in Sonoma and sees students privately.
Fired up with passion for the healing power of movement in all its forms, Jessica draws on a combined 26 years of dance, yoga, and athletic training to offer sequencing that develops natural flow, ease, and strength in the body. With individual attention to grounded and tension-free alignment, Jessica cultivates a sincere, non-judgmental environment in which to explore the effects of asana, breath, and attention on energy flow in the body. Where energy moves, healing occurs! Over the last 12 years, Jessica has studied primarily Dynamic, Iyengar, and Viniyoga with Robin Buck, Tony Briggs, and Lynn Weinberger. She completed her 200 hour yoga teacher certification under Tony Briggs, is registered with the Yoga Alliance, and completed Yoga Therapy Training with renowned teachers Lynn Weinberger, Mirka Kraftsow, Janice Gates, Richard Miller, and Nischala Joy Devi. She went on to study Medical Systems in Yoga with Kofi Busia, and continues to study with master energy and body worker Lynda Caesara, Iyengar with senior teacher Manuso Manos, and the yoga sutras with Richard Miller. A certified massage practitioner, her anatomy training and subtle-body work experience directly inform her approach to yoga.
Jessica has a deep commitment to bringing the healing art of yoga to every class, interweaving breathwork, dynamic flow, attention to alignment and intuitive movement within the freedom to laugh, fall, and get back up again, renewed!
Paul has been a Yoga practitioner since 1989 and has been teaching in Marin since 1994. He studied for two years initially at the Yoga Center of Marin in Corte Madera and for five years independently with Christine Walton, master Somatic and Yoga instructor. He calls his work Somatic Yoga - incorporating the core principles of both Yoga and Pilates. His teaching style is gentle on the wrists and restores the body to its natural sense of well-being. Paul specifically targets the needs of people who work for a living. The most common problems presented in a working population include low back pain, hip tension from prolonged sitting at desks, wrist problems from excessive time on computers along with neck and shoulder tension. His classes effectively address these issues while recognizing that relaxation is of the highest priority. Paul believes the greatest value of Yoga is in providing students with a palpable sense of relief and improvement to the actual somatic problems resulting from the wear and tear of everyday life.
After her first Vinyasa yoga class, Yvette knew she unveiled a new sense of self. This inevitably led to a deeper curiosity of the dormant energy we all have inside that often remains untapped. Yvette followed her heart and began the journey toward Svadhyaya, the study of self. As she began her yoga teacher training at Into This World Yoga, Yvette quickly recognized her responsibility to share this ancient teaching.
Yvette is certified at the 500 hour level and registered with Yoga Alliance, having completed 300 hours of Yoga Therapy Training at SMC. She is also an SMC certified prenatal yoga teacher. Yvette had the incredible opportunity of teaching prenatal yoga during her own pregnancy. Yvette works to offer women the tools that can foster a harmonious and empowering experience during pregnancy and childbirth.
As a devoted student of yoga Yvette values the ever changing journey toward self-awareness. And as a teacher, Yvette’s intention is to reconnect people from all walks of life with their innate ability to love, surrender and trust in their truest self through the practice of yoga.
Trinity was introduced to yogic breath and asana at the age of 12 and it continues to be a central part of her life 24 years later. Her teaching is deeply influenced by her study of Tai chi, Qi Gung, Feldenkrias, Ayurveda and her 17 year career as a professional massage therapist (C.M.T.). Trinity says: “When I am in my yoga practice life just makes sense. Yoga is a path of truth. It is one of those precious practices that allows life to reveal its secrets while allowing the heart and senses to experience peace, presence and belonging. With yoga, life is so much more workable, love is much more attainable... especially self-love. My yoga practice has been a wonderfully reliable source of wisdom and connection, a place where I find intimacy with my body, mind and emotions. Skillful yoga opens us to life, and gives us the grounding, stability, grace and skillfulness to engage it fully. Yoga is a path with gifts that only come through our entering, engaging and moving with passion along it’s twisty pathways. It asks us to be authentic, sincere and devoted and in return reveals to us the rich wholeness that we already are. It is my deep joy to share the richness I have found on the yogic path with others.”
Yoga has had a profound effect on simply living my life. My practice has made an enormous difference in my own healing process, enabling me to center, heal, forgive and move forward. These benefits and many others in my own life inspired me to teach yoga, to pay it forward, so to speak. I bring to my class many other disciplines that I have learned on my journey to share.
Patricia Schmidt is an RYT 200 hr certified yoga instructor with additional specialist certifications in yoga for pelvic floor health, yin yoga, and yoga for cancer survivors. She is deeply committed to pelvic health and education. In her public classes, she aligns the breath, pelvic and pelvic floor muscles with classic asana and pranayama in order to foster core strength and wellbeing that is at once empowering, safe, and available to all fitness and wellness stages. Patricia holds regular public outreach sessions on yoga and pelvic health. She is available for private sessions with both men and women suffering from most forms of pelvic pain, dysfunction and disease, including incontinence, prolapse, prostate or cervical cancers, sciatica and SI pain.