I came into this life with a fierce connection to both the physical and metaphysical worlds. Childhood visits from my spirit during a lucid dream and a bone-shattering accident showed me that there was a part of me beyond my body that was unshakeable. At the same time, my recovery from this accident coupled with a deep affinity for the planet evoked a reverence for the capability of my individual body and the sanctity of our collective Earth body.
These dual devotions led to a life of extremes. At 15, I discovered a practice to integrate my profound relationships with both the seen and unseen realms: yoga, which means ‘union’ in Sanskrit. For 20 years since, I have used yoga to heal and to empower myself, to design my perfect balance between discipline and debauchery, and to reveal my life purpose: to love. Ultimately, yoga has liberated me to live as a sacred rebel so that I can say, ‘F**k you,” more effectively to society’s expectations of me and can forge my own path.
Studying a range of styles and elements of yoga further awakened and aligned the tangible and intangible aspects of my being. Vinyasa yoga infused my body, mind and heart with the fluidity and grace to flow with life. Iyengar yoga offered me the stability to stay grounded amidst life’s ups and downs. Restorative yoga taught me to nurture my nervous system so that I could establish balance. Pranayama deepened this harmony and unlocked my heart so that I could navigate it all from intention.
I never planned on teaching yoga. But life stepped in during more than 1,000 hours of teacher training, and yoga called me to share it. Studies with teachers Janet Stone, Stephanie Snyder, Darren Main, and Ana Forrest have informed my unitive offerings that combine alignment-based vinyasa, pranayama, and chanting. Buddhist studies with Pema Chödrön and the Dalai Lama, including a solo trip through India, have inspired my call to students to convert their yogic insights into actions.
My inclusive approach to yoga and life enables me to relate with and to hold space for students wherever they are in their practice and their lives. At the same time, my belief in the power of the practice and the potential of each practitioner challenges students to see where they are ready to evolve so that they too can access this transformational tradition as a tool to invoke radical consciousness, wild sovereignty, unwavering self-expression and untamable love.
My passions for art, music and travel lace my teachings with the freedom to create one’s own experience on the mat and to embolden students to pioneer their own paths in life.
As a Bay Area native, I ultimately promote yoga as a medium to build a thriving community that respects the truths of all.
Please join me at San Francisco's premier yoga studio, Yoga Tree, for weekly classes. Come sing your heart out at my monthly Kirtan. And, travel with me for an unforgettable Yoga Wellness Retreat both local and abroad.
Myth, Mantra, Music
March 29, 2020 + 6:30-8pm
Clarify your mind, awaken your wisdom and liberate your heart through an evening of mantra, myth, and music. Discover the power of "mantra," the repeated use of sound, to purify your mind and to evoke your innate knowingness so that you can live your highest purpose: to love. Experience the joy of "kirtan," the devotional practice of chanting mantra with music and within community to express your devotion to all that inspires you. Between the chants, learn about the mythology to tap into the divine support available to manifest your intentions in service of all. No experience necessary, as kirtan is not a performance. It's a prayer.
*Reduces stress and anxiety
*Lowers blood pressure
*Helps alleviate depression
*Helps release addictions
Sunday March 29
Pause distractions and obligations. Immerse yourself in your yoga practice, a like-hearted community, and an enchanting natural setting. Accelerate your class-by-class transformation through a weekend or week long yoga retreat!
Receive my deepest teachings in the safe and potent space that a retreat provides. Let an expert staff and an idyllic environment alleviate the pressures of daily life. Enjoy the perfect blend of solo and group travel.
Drop into your body, still your mind, access your heart, and open your spirit. Arrive as you are. Leave as who you want to be.
Women's Spring Renewal
April 18-25, 2020
Sorry, gentleman, this one's for the ladies. An intimate retreat designed for you to let your hair down.
This private house is 'blow your socks off' gorgeous and the location is perfect and ideal! I can't wait to share it with you! The house holds 8-10 people max making this retreat sweet and intimate. An 'Intentional Vacation' this week will be the perfect mix of fun and relaxation; think 'Mindful Debauchery'. I'm looking forward to creating a space for you to awaken and live in your shakti!
Adorned with exquisite traditional Mexican art all rooms have ocean views, memory foam beds, ozone treated pool with waterfall, hammock, tree house, and lush landscaping you can't help but feel relaxed and excited at the same time! Just steps from both the beach and center of town give yourself permission to take time for yourself. For a week, be cooked for, practice Yoga twice a day, answer to no one, returning home a more enlivened and awakened you!
The week includes *Twice daily rooftop Yoga with 360 degree views *Twice daily, five star mouth-watering meals prepared by our private local chef *Afternoons to lay by the pool, beach, surf, read, nap, or explore town *All rooms are shared. Additional Info HERE
Sayulita, Mexico, is a friendly and charming beach town full of music, color, locals, and travelers alike.
An easy 30 minute drive from Puerto Vallarta transports you to this safe, quaint, and vibrant town.
Space is limited
8-10 people max
$300 deposit saves your spot!
Reviews from 2019 Retreat
'Amazing yoga and wellness retreat. Robin Duryea is the best - it was a pleasure to get to spend a week immersed in her knowledge and expertise. She really went above and beyond to make sure the retreat fulfilled what you would think a "Women's Spring Renewal Yoga Retreat" should. The house was beautiful, with a pool and rooftop perfect for yoga. The food was pure bliss-healthy and local and the company was spot on - a bunch of stellar women ready to learn, share, and have fun. I'd do this retreat again, for sure'. - Samantha H.
'What an amazing experience. Robin provided a true retreat environment by managing all the details that can contribute to travel stress - she secured a wonderful house within walking distance to the town of Sayulita but that was far enough away it felt restful, she found an amazing private chef who prepared nutritious and varied vegetarian breakfast and dinners. She even secured a driver so that when we arrived bleary eyed and out of it all we had to do was find the other participants and our driver awaited us to make the trip from the airport to Sayulita. She even helped me coordinate my return ride to the airport as I had to leave a day early. Robin is an intuitive, warm, confident, and smart as a whip yoga teacher. She also knows an immense about yoga philosophy AND body alignment and creates wonderful sequencing. I could not recommend more both how Robin is a teacher and a facilitator of a retreat'. - Daphne C.
'We had an amazing time. Wonderful people delicious food. Amazing place to stay! Thank you for the incredible experience'! ❤️. - Mckall E.