Robin Rothenberg is an internationally respected yoga therapist, and director of Essential Yoga Therapy. Robin utilizes the full spectrum of yoga techniques from gentle adaptive movement, to breathing, meditation and life-style transformation to empower her clients to heal from chronic pain and illness. She offers classes for those with MS at Evergreen Hospital and for those with chronic pain, MS and PD at Village Green Yoga in Issaquah.
She sees private clients at Rehab Options in Issaquah Mon-Thurs.
Originally trained in social work and developmental psychology, Robin was certified in Iyengar yoga through 1996, when she received certification in the Viniyoga tradition with Gary Kraftsow of American Viniyoga Institute. She completed her Yoga Therapist Training with AVI in 2000. 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 owned The Yoga Barn studios outside Seattle for 20 years, but has shifted her work to full-time yoga therapy and the development of her training programs. The Essential Yoga Therapy 500 hr. Teacher Training is considered one of the most prestigious in the Pacific Northwest and her Therapist Training program is one of the first to receive Accreditation from the International Association of Yoga Therapists (www.iayt.org). 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. She also wrote the protocol for the MSFlash study, designed to reduce hot flashes in women in menopause, and continues to collaborate with researchers on a studies addressing arthritis, insomnia and Multiple Sclerosis. 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.