Robin Helfritch, E-RYT
I began my yoga journey at age 5, growing up with a yogi mom who practiced as a means to ease her symptoms from Multiple Sclerosis. With early roots in the teachings of the Himalayan Institute, I spent many years practicing various styles of Hatha yoga.
After suffering a back injury and four subsequent surgeries, and seeking relief from my chronic pain, I discovered breath-centered, therapeutic yoga at Abhyasa Yoga Center in Brooklyn. The relief from pain and sense of well-being I felt was so profound, I decided to study with AYC founder and director, J. Brown, and I’ve earned my 500-hour teacher certification in therapeutic yoga under his guidance.
I hold an additional 200-hour certification in vinyasa yoga from Karuna Yoga, completed under the guidance of teacher and dear friend, 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 at The Breathing Project in Manhattan.
In total, I have completed over 1000 hours of formal yoga teacher training and have taught over 1000 hours of classes. I am registered with Yoga Alliance at the E-RYT® 200 and 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, dancing, singing, organizing events through my non-profit animal advocacy organization, Open the Cages Alliance, geeking out on science, looking up at the stars, and basically enjoying this incredible life on our amazing pale blue dot of a planet.