Robin Thorpe was diagnosed with scoliosis during puberty and started her yoga practice in 2000. But it was not until the Yoga Union Teacher Training 200 Hour with Alison West in 2004, that she began to understand the depths of how the yogic tradition could help manage scoliosis progression and discomfort. It was guest teacher Deborah Wolk’s workshop, Fundamentals of Yoga for Scoliosis,that sparked a long term interest in the details of how the yoga practice could help manage Robin’s own right thoracic-left lumbar curve, as well as her students.
In 2007, Robin was an inaugural teacher at Yoga Union Center for Backcare & Scoliosis (YUBCS) in Manhattan. During her time at YUBCS, she continued her studies under the guidance of Co-Directors Alison West and Deborah Wolk. She worked with YUBCS teacher, Mimi Ufberg Rosetti, to better understand yoga for students with spinal instrumentation and fusions, and had the good fortune to study with many talented guest teachers including Elise Browning Miller.
Robin completed the Yoga Union Masters Program 300 Hour in 2009 and is registered with Yoga Alliance as an E-RYT 200, RYT 500 teacher. Elise Browning Miller certified her as a Yoga for Scoliosis Trainer in 2011 and she is registered as a Yoga Therapist with the International Association of Yoga Therapists. She has returned to her native Colorado and looks forward to continue sharing yoga for scoliosis with the Colorado community.