Robin Rothenberg is an internationally respected yoga therapist, running registered training programs for teachers and therapists. She was certified in the Iyengar method through 1996, when she received certification in the Viniyoga tradition with Gary Kraftsow of American Viniyoga Institute. She has also been influenced by Nischala Joy Devi in the study of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, and Richard Miller in the use of i-Rest, or Yoga Nidra as a healing modality. Robin is the author of: The Essential Low Back Program: Relieve Pain and Restore Health; two Yoga Nidra, Soothing the Spirit and Cooling Nidras, as well as a DVD of the Shema Through the Chakras, which links two spiritual traditions in a beautiful meditation practice.
Robin has been training yoga teachers for the last fifteen years as an RYS 500. Since 2014, the EYT Therapist Training has been an IAYT Accredited Yoga Therapist Training Program, with Robin as Program Director. She is also a regular presenter on Yoga U and offers workshops, trainings and clinics around the country. See our Events Calendar to find her current schedule.
After owning The Yoga Barn studios outside Seattle for 20 years, Robin has now shifted to teaching therapeutic yoga focusing on chronic pain and movement disorders such as MS and Parkinsons. She offers classes for Evergreen Hospital in Kirkland, Village Green Yoga in Issaquah and sees private clients at Rehab Options in Issaquah. She also offers annual therapeutic clinics at Bastyr Naturopathic University for teachers and her 5-day Essential Low Back Training Program.
The experience of being a student of yours last week was truly special. The combination of yoga philosophy, chanting, dharma talks, yoga therapy teachings in the viniyoga method, and your feminine energy has left me very filled in the heart space!”More testimonials
Robin is passionate about the emerging profession of Yoga Therapy and serves on the Accreditation Committee for the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT) as well as the Advisory Council. She has presented on lower back pain at SYTAR (Symposium for Yoga Therapy and Research) and is considered one of the foremost experts in the area of yoga therapy for lower back pain. Her ability to speak articulately to the way in which yoga impacts the nervous system, mind and emotions has led to her presenting at both NAMA (National Ayurvedic & Medical Association) and SYTAR on the subjects of anxiety and stress.
Highly involved in Yoga Research, Robin co-authored the protocol and taught the classes for the landmark study Comparing Yoga, Exercise, and a Self-Care Book for Chronic Low Back Pain: A Randomized, Controlled Trial published in the Annals of Internal Medicine in Dec., 2005. A later follow up study using the same protocol was published in the Archives of Internal Medicine in Oct. 2011. Her ground-breaking work in the field of yoga research has been written about in the New York Times, Seattle Times, Yoga Journal, Fit Yoga and Natural Health. She continues to work in the field of yoga research having written the protocol for another NIH study, designed to reduce hot flashes in women in menopause, and collaborating with researchers on a study addressing arthritis and insomnia in seniors.
In 2010, Robin developed Living Yoga Radio a talk show explicitly targeting the teachings and practices of yoga with interviews with some of the yoga’s most celebrated teachers. Podcasts are enjoyed worldwide and can be downloaded from iTunes.
On a personal note, Robin lives in Fall City, Washington with her husband Peter. They have two beautiful, grown daughters and and two darling grandchildren, all who live in the northwest. Robin’s journey into yoga began with her own chronic health issues, ranging from auto-immune dysfunction to acute low back and neck pain. Yoga has always been central to her healing regime through the years, and now in her fifties Robin has established a level of health and well-being she could never imagined as a young adult. It is her ‘dharma’ and passion to share the wealth of knowledge and blessed teachings that have been passed down to her from the yoga lineage and she is enormously grateful to all of the teachers that have mentored her over the years. In 2011, Robin graduated from Morei Derekh, a training program in Jewish Spiritual Direction that has deepened her understanding of her own faith and fulfilled her intention to better support students and clients spiritually as an integral part of their healing journey.
After just one session, Robin was able to give me hope. Her gentle style, and extensive understanding of chronic pain and injury, coupled with talk therapy has made a profound impact in my life. The first time I saw Robin I could hardly move and was in severe pain. I now have a 40 minute individualized yoga therapy session that I practice every day. Robin has been a huge blessing in my life and I am so thankful to have found her!”More testimonials