While working as a journalist for a local Illinois paper, Robin Holzhauer was assigned to write a story about the re-emergence of yoga on the fitness scene. The yoga teacher she interviewed was aghast to discover that Robin had never done yoga. Insisting no one can write about yoga without first experiencing it, she invited her to join her class, and Robin’s yoga journey began.
Several years later, another instructor encouraged Robin to get a teaching certification, and the journey progressed. She knows that people come to the mat for different reasons – to heal, to relax, to build strength, to find community, and to look better in jeans. To serve those varying needs, her classes incorporate strength, stretching and balance poses.
Since that first class, she earned her 200-hour yoga certification, a 100-hour trauma-sensitive specialty, and is finishing a 100-hour mind-body recovery specialty, all with the YogaFit.
Robin has practiced and taught on six continents during her career as a U.S. diplomat. She has experimented with Kundalini (thumbs up) and hot yoga (thumbs down) styles. Continuing her yoga studies, she has taken seminars, attended conferences and webinars with Accessible Yoga, Yogaville, and Yoga Journal Live!
Robin holds bachelor’s degrees in English and History from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, a Master’s degree in History from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and a Master’s degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the U.S. Naval War College.
Q&A with Robin Holzhauer
Q. How long have you been a yoga teacher?
A. I began teaching yoga in 2006.
Q. What areas do you specialize in?
A. I enjoy teaching yoga for beginners and intermediate students and have specialized training in trauma-informed yoga.
Q. What brought you to your current style of practice?
A. My personal yoga practice reflects my training and where I “am at” physically and emotionally at the moment. Traditionally my practice consisted of 45- to 90-minute sessions that incorporated strength, stretch, and balance phases. I still do that and have added shorter “yoga bites” and a more relaxed style of yoga into my routine to deal with the stress 2020 brought. I find 5 to 15 minutes of breath work or an asana series helps me start the day, or get through a trying day. A virtual group class gives me a sense of “yoga community.”
Q. What can a new student expect?
A. Expect to feel a little uncomfortable because you may not be familiar with terms, poses, or body reactions, but don’t let that stop you. Everyone began in an unfamiliar place. Expect to feel like you are doing it all wrong, but don’t worry. You are doing fine. Expect to learn something new because you will. Expect that you will prefer some styles of yoga more than others and some instructor styles more than others. Experience many to find what you love.
Q. What recent industry trends have you found noteworthy?
A. I am happy to see an emphasis on more inclusive yoga – how do we make yoga more accessible to different age groups, abilities, body types, and traditionally underrepresented/marginalized groups. Also, how the yoga instructor and greater yoga community respects personal space and guards against abuse while still allowing for sharing or hands-on adjustments some people want as part of their practice.
Q. What are your current wellness goals and how are you addressing them?
A. I am trying to incorporate more gratitude in my thoughts and more whole foods into my diet.
Q. What is your favorite beautiful spot(s) in Milwaukee?
A. The interior of the Basilica and the exterior of the Calatrava addition at the art museum. I also grew up loving the Streets of Old Milwaukee exhibit at the Milwaukee Public Museum.
Q. What is your favorite place to eat in Milwaukee?
A. Kopp’s Frozen Custard. Culver’s Custard as a close second. (Hey, eggs and cream are whole foods.)
Q. What are your top three favorite things to do/hobbies?
A. I enjoy reading, writing, and walking.
Q. What do you do to de-stress?
A. I feel I should write “yoga” here. Also, outdoor walks. (And eating Kopp’s custard, of course.)