Robin Helfritch Maratos
I don’t remember a time when yoga was not in my life. I began yoga classes at age 5, growing up with a yogi mom who practiced to help maintain mental clarity and mobility after being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis before I was born. With early roots in the teachings of Swami Rama of the Himalayan Institute and Roy Eugene Davis of the Center for Spiritual Awareness, I spent my life practicing various styles of Hatha yoga.
After suffering a back injury and four subsequent surgeries, and seeking relief from the chronic pain, I found therapeutic Vinyasa Krama yoga in the T.K.V. Desikachar lineage. It helped me regain my mobility and alleviated my pain (and the anxiety and depression that resulted from it) so profoundly that I decided I wanted to share these teachings with others. I’ve earned my 500-hour certification in this lineage under the guidance of J. Brown in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
I hold an additional 200-hour certification in vinyasa yoga under the guidance of Erica Settino. I am also a trained and certified Next Generation Yoga kids yoga teacher. I have continued my education further through numerous workshops, including yoga philosophy and yoga safety and injury prevention with Matthew Remski, and Yoga Sutra, Bhagavad Gita and meditation workshops with Chase Bossart. In 2017, I completed a 2-year advanced yoga anatomy program with world-renowned yoga educator, Leslie Kaminoff in Manhattan. I am registered with Yoga Alliance at the E-RYT® 500 level.
I have had so many wonderful teachers throughout my life, beginning with my biggest inspiration and very first yoga teacher, my mom, Iris Helfritch. I consider myself a lifetime student, always seeking, learning, growing, and I am grateful to all my teachers for their wisdom and support. I also hold the belief that the greatest teacher you will ever find is the one who lies within, and so I give thanks to her.
When I’m off my mat, you can usually find me out in nature, hanging with my human and canine companions, skating, hula hooping, creating art and graphic design, climbing trees, exploring this great city and beyond, going to darkwave and punk shows, organizing events through my non-profit animal advocacy organization, Open the Cages Alliance, geeking out on science, looking up at the stars, and enjoying this incredible life on the pale blue dot of a planet that we call home.