Established in 2000, SMC is the premier Yoga Therapy Studio in the Bay Area. We were the first nationally accredited training program in northern California and remain one of only 25 programs meeting this rigorous standard worldwide. We also write and develop specialized curriculum for hospitals like Kaiser Permanente and Marin General, in addition to consulting and teaching in yoga programs around the world. We address every health issue imaginable, from orthopedic aches and pains, to stress-related issues and serious illness. We have an excellent reputation for results-oriented, practical solutions.
We provide yoga and stress management to individuals here in our studio, and in local healthcare settings like Marin General Hospital and Kaiser Permanente, where we have taught for over a decade - from publically available classes hosted by the hospitals, to special programs like Chronic Pain, Arrythmia, Physician Wellness and Cancer Recovery. We provide a unique yoga program for the Schurig Center for Brain Injury Recovery (aka BINBA), and for the Bon Air Cottage Group Home. We also work with sports programs, having provided the stretching program for Marin Catholic Football since 2009, the Richmond High School Football program and the Dominican University Women's Soccer Program, among others.
Our Founder, Robin Gueth, also develops yoga and stress management programs for Veterans (since 2009) and peace officers (since 2014). She keeps SMC relevant to the community by continuing to develop programs that meet our community's changing needs. At her direction, SMC offers a wide variety of in-house services, from private Yoga Therapy to group classes, consultations, medical-grade massage, personal training, ayurveda and more.
The Stress Management Center of Marin
1165 Magnolia Ave, Larkspur, CA 94939
Robin is the owner of the Stress Management Center of Marin. A 40 year student of yoga, she has been teaching yoga therapy since 1991. Her principal certifications are from the American Yoga College with Rama Jyoti Vernon. She also served on their Board. Robin holds certifications in Yoga of the Heart TM with Nischala Joy Devi, and decades of study with Angela Farmer and Victor van Kooten.
Robin's teaching experience includes yoga therapy classes at SMC, Kaiser Permanente, and Marin General Hospital and a large private practice, along with specialty classes at the Schurig Center for Brain Injury Recovery 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 over 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.
A Tantrika Yogini and Pranavidusi Ayurveda Sadhaka, Meredith has studied and remains a part of several living yoga and ayurveda traditions where she has learned how to reclaim, nourish, safeguard and support her innate healing power and vibrancy.
Her approach is deeply rooted in curiosity, delight and wisdom which all come from her direct personal and professional experience in the art of healing and transformation.
She offers tools and practices which foster aliveness with an integrated, simple, gentle, light-hearted, deeply feeling and accessible approach to those who seek change while living in the modern world.
Joy Rudy has been practicing & studying yoga for 20 years.
She completed her first yoga certification the Iyengar style at Piedmont Yoga in Oakland. She followed that with training from her mentor, Ann Dyer, in Yoga for People with Disabilities & Scoliosis.
In 2014, Joy completed an intensive 500hr RYT program at The Stress Management Center of Marin for Yoga Therapy.
"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."
Ellen blends many different modalities into her yoga teaching, always looking for the most effective approach for her students that day. This strategy helps students relieve pain, reduce stress, promote healing, rehabilitate after injury, build strength and stamina, and ultimately balance the entire body/mind.
"My goal is for my students to leave class relaxed, rejuvenated and centered; ready for whatever else they need to take on during their day and in their lives."
Ellen has been practicing and studying yoga ever since a car wreck sent her looking for relief. In 2016, She has completed hundreds of hours of study and will finish the 800hr Yoga Therapist Training in 2018.
Liane was introduced to yoga and meditation in her early teens, which have been a source of comfort and centering through the years. Inspired by great results with Traditional Chinese Medicine, Liane studied Acupressure and Reflexology and holds Level 1 Instructor Certification in Qi Gong.
Ready to integrate these Traditional Healings Arts, Liane advanced her yoga practice into teaching. She studied with Harvey Deutch PT, completed Pelvic Floor Yoga Teacher Training and Certificate Program with Leslie Howard, attended the Essential Low Back Teacher Training Intensive, and Yoga for Arthritis workshops. She attended Stanford University’s Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education. And she is currently completing an IAYT 800-hr Yoga Therapist Certification at the Stress Management Center of Marin.
Mentors and primary teachers: Lynn Weinberger, Leslie Howard, Betty Roi, Kaya Mindlin, Brian Hogencamp, Ramanand Patel, Annie Carpenter, Harvey Deutch, Charu Rachlis, Robin Gueth
Liane has been forging the pathway towards optimal health and function through her work as a Yoga educator and Qigong Practitioner. She strives to help her clients find more ease in daily life applying Eastern Medicine in conjunction with Western Healthcare to fulfill her client’s needs.