Our Faculty average over 30 years of personal practice, each. We have a lot of experience to share with you! We are specialists in Yoga Therapy and work a great deal in one-to-one sessions and special focus classes. We are the choice provider for hospitals, high schools and local charities, as well as for the neighborhood. Our Training Programs attract students from all over northern California and the Northwest.
Robin Gueth, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT
Owner of The Stress Management Center of Marin (SMC, founded 2000), Robin is a 38-year veteran of yoga, and has taught yoga therapy for 20 years. Her principal certifications are from the American Yoga College (AYC) with Rama Jyoti Vernon. She was also a Board Member of AYC. She holds certifications in Yoga of the Heart™ with Nischala Joy Devi, and has decades of study with Angela Farmer and Victor van Kooten's InnerBody Yoga. She is Certified by IAYT as a Yoga Therapist at their rigorous 800hr standard. She has enjoyed delivering over 20,000 clinical hours of Yoga Therapy since opening SMC.
Robin has a full schedule of one-to-one yoga therapy clients from all walks of life, and teaches yoga therapy classes at SMC, Kaiser Permanente and Marin General Hospitals, the Schurig Center for Brain Injury Recovery, and private locations. She is skilled in working with chronic pain, stress-related issues, mental illness, respiratory disorders, orthopedic issues and writes curriculum for Physicians, hospitals and other Yoga Therapy programs, internationally. Robin can also be found on the 50-yard line at local high schools, working with the football team. She is a published researcher and public speaker.
Mirka Scalco Kraftsow, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT
Mirka Scalco Kraftsow has been a health practitioner and educator since 1974. Mirka has been teaching in the Viniyoga™ methodology since 1981. She co-founded the American Viniyoga Institute (AVI) with Gary Kraftsow in 1999. Born and raised in Italy, Mirka traveled and studied different modalities of dance, movement, psychology and meditation in India, Europe and the United States.
Mirka served as consultant for several successful national yoga studies, and assisted in the development of materials for Gary Kraftsow’s books “Yoga for Wellness” and “Yoga for Transformation.”
She is a creative and dynamic teacher with a passion for helping yoga teachers develop a deep quality of understanding and integration of yogic philosophy in both their personal and professional lives.
Lynn Weinberger, E-RYT 500
Lynn is a certified yoga therapist who began her study of yoga 45 years ago with Shri Yogandra of the Santa Cruz Institute in Bombay, India.
She completed her 1,000hr Yoga Therapy Certification with Gary Kraftsow at the American Viniyoga Institute in 2003. She is featured in their DVD series on the NIH-sponsored Clinical Study on the Back.
Lynn's teaching weaves classical yoga tradition into a holistic approach, using the principles of anatomy and medicine. She has been teaching at The Stress Management Center of Marin since its inception in 2000. She is a member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT), as well as a past Board Member of the American Viniyoga Institute.
Simone de Winter, RN, MA, Certified Ayurvedic Specialist, CMT
Simone has studied and practiced ancient Indian healing practices for over twenty years. She has been practicing Ayurveda for twelve years and is the founder of Marin Ayurveda.
She taught for the California College of Ayurveda and JFK University, teaches Ayurvedic body therapy trainings, and has been the Ayurvedic Instructor for the Training Programs at SMC since their inception.
Simone is a graduate from the California College of Ayurveda, and has studied with Dr. Vasant Lad, Robert Svoboda, Jaisri Lambert, and in the private practices of doctors in India. Her training background includes panchakarma (cleansing) therapy, Ayurvedic massage and rejuvenation therapies, pulse assessment and herbology. She also has an extensive background in yoga (as a certified yoga teacher) and was initiated by Sarah Powers, Georg Feuerstein and Richard Miller into the rich and formative philosophy of yoga and pranayama, which she uses a lot in her private practice.
Simone has a very earthy and grounded approach to healing, deeply understanding the mind-body connection, and works with all that comes from the earth: food, herbs and oils. Her loving attention to each of her clients, her caring and compassion are intrinsic to the healing power of her work.
This course would not exist without the loving support of Robin's teacher, Rama
Rama Jyoti Vernon, Yoga Master (1941-2020)
Rama Jyoti Vernon is one of America’s first Yoga Teachers, and was instrumental in bringing many great teachers from India to the U.S., including BKS Iyengar. She co-founded the Yoga Journal, later developed Unity in Yoga, and founded The American Yoga College, now named the International Yoga College.
In the 1980’s, Rama found herself applying Yoga philosophy to international peacemaking. She made dozens of trips to the U.S.S.R, and founded the Center for International Dialogue (CID), an organization dedicated to conflict resolution. Winner of an Achievement Award from President Gorbachov for being instrumental in the ending of the Cold War, Rama remains on the front line in the Middle East, working for peace.
In addition to her extensive background in asana, Rama is extremely well versed in the philosophy, lineages and healing benefits of Yoga. Widely regarded as an authority on the Yoga Sutras, she is fluent in Sanskrit and employs the language in a wonderful, accessible way. Her warm, down to earth manner gives her students a sense of true connection to her, and inspires them to live their yoga in a very real way on a daily basis. These qualities make her one of the most beloved and inspiring teachers in the US today.
Hansa Knox, C-IAYT, LMT, KYCT
Hansa left the corporate world and received her Massage Therapy and Yoga Teacher certifications in 1988. Continuing to study, she takes classes in Viniyoga, Vedic Chanting, Ayurveda, Yoga Therapy, and other Yoga programs. Incorporating her B.S. degree in Behavioral Science, Hansa has been able to develop a keen insight into the collaboration of the Body, Mind, and Spirit.
She has studied and integrated diverse body-oriented therapies including Kripalu Yoga, Yoga Therapy, Therapeutic Bodywork, Body Reading, Health Education, Homeopathy, and Ministry to facilitate Spirit connection. She sits on the Board of Directors of the International Association of Yoga Therapists and is a member and past president of both Yoga Alliance and Yoga Teachers of Colorado. She is on the Board and acts as the Executive Director for SANGA, an educational non-profit organization.
Hansa is the owner of Gentle Touch Body Mind and Spirit Connection and PranaYoga and Ayurveda Mandala. She is a Holistic Lifestyle Facilitator and her therapeutic work integrates Yoga Therapy and Massage.