Robyn Smith

Arcata, CA
United States

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I am the founder and director at Inner Freedom Yoga, a certified Anusara yoga instructor, E-RYT 500, Hendricks Conscious Living and Loving (Big Leap) Coach, yoga therapist and Hanna Somatic Educator (Somatics). I have been teaching yoga since 1994 and on a journey of personal unfolding for over 25 years. I am passionately committed to a life of joy, radiance and following the true wisdom of my heart and it is my great to pleasure to share these passions with others, hopefully inspiring them to do the same!

I attended my first yoga classes with my mother in high school, and in college in the 80's, I realized I might like to teach yoga. I fell in love with Ashtanga yoga in my early 20′s while working and studying at Heartwood Institute. I did my first teacher training with Ana Forrest in 1997 and Integrative Yoga Therapy in 1998. I explored Iyengar yoga with some of the greats at that time as well. I found Anusara Yoga in 2000 and studied extensively with the founder, John Friend, from 2001 – 2012, as well as numerous other top Anusara instructors like Desirée Rumbaugh, Sarahjoy Marsh, Sianna Sherman, Christina Sell, Darren Rhodes, and Amy Ippoliti. I completed 5 Yoga Therapy trainings with John Friend and have had an extensive private practice in yoga therapy and Somatics, helping people with chronic pain and tension.

I’ve also had a dedicated meditation practice since the mid-90′s, exploring Vipassana, Zen and Vajrayana Buddhism and finally landing my heart in the classical practices of Kashmir Shaivism. I’ve had the great fortune to study Tantric yoga philosophy and meditation extensively with Paul Muller Ortega and Christopher Wallis, as well as many others.

My studies in yoga philosophy and daily practices inspire my teaching.
My teaching blends my love of postural alignment and therapeutics, creative sequencing, Somatics, heartfelt messages, life lessons, attention to mindfulness and breath, and my compassionate and playful spirit. It is my great joy and honor to facilitate transformation through yoga, meditation and Hendricks teachings. I offer weekly classes, private coaching, audio classes, teacher training, yoga therapy training, immersions, retreats, workshops, and privates.

My personal coaching helps people to uncover their own wholeness, open to their highest potential, and embrace themselves with love and curiosity. I also offer workshops and deeper courses designed to support living in alignment with one’s heart.

I love to serve those seeking physical vitality, playfulness, and/or relief from chronic pain and tension. I also enjoy serving people on the path of consciousness and those feeling stuck and wanting to take greater responsibility for creating their lives. See more about my Coaching practice. I hope to see you on the mat soon!

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