My name is Robyn Baker (formally Robyn Yamanaka). I've worked in the fitness industry for the past 15 years, 6 of which were during my struggle with anorexia and exercise addiction. I began my fitness career as an indoor cycling instructor while earning my BS in Kinesiology at California State University Fullerton. I'm currently a certified personal trainer through NASM, a certified indoor cycling instructor through Schwinn, certified on whole body vibration exercise through Power Plate International, a certified Pilates instructor through Polestar Pilates, and a member of the Yoga Alliance with my 200-hour yoga certification through YogaWorks.
I developed anorexia when I was 17 years old and was hospitalized at the age of 18. The 10 years following my first hospitalization were a struggle to say the least, and I eventually became addicted to exercise which led me to become a personal trainer and give up my dreams as a professional performer in musical theater.
However, despite my loss I am beyond grateful for where my path has led me to today; inspiring others on their journey toward true health and spreading awareness about body positivity and body acceptance.
The most difficult part of my recovery has been finding a way to maintain a healthy and recovery-centered relationship with exercise. After many slip-ups and minor relapses, I created a method called Intuitive Exercise, which utilizes mindfulness techniques, mediation and intense self-inquiry practices.
Nearly 4 years ago I began my own body positive and recovery-centered fitness studio, Asteya Fitness, as a way to honor my own recovery while still working in the fitness health industry and teaching others the method of intuitive exercise. I currently see private clients in their home or location of choice as well as teach yoga at an outpatient eating disorder treatment center. I plan to open a studio location again once my 3 children are a little older.
Today, I work and play in Orange County, California with my three children, husband and crazy cats. I'm a community member of the Yoga and Body Image Coalition, a contributor to the mental health website, The Libero Network and an activist working to help stop fitspiration. I remain committed to my recovery and hope to bring the method of Intuitive Exercise to all who struggle to find a healthy relationship with exercise in their eating disorder recovery. I've appeared on various television programs including the Tyra Banks show and the CBS Early show to spread awareness of eating disorders and exercise addiction.
- "Robyn is amazing! She is the first and only trainer I've ever felt truly comfortable with. She offers the perfect type of motivation. She pushes you to do your best but in a way that doesn't discourage you if you fall short of your expectations which helps you work past your plateaus and make real progress-for the long run." -Amy P.
- "Pilates is her passion and she will help you reach your goals and exceed your expectations. She's fun, upbeat, knowledgeable and passionate and I'm excited she now has her own studio. There are a lot of Pilates studios to choose from now that it's become so popular but I wouldn't choose to be instructed by anyone else."
- Susan P.
"This is a woman making a huge difference in the health and fitness community. I am SOOO happy to see someone running a business and sending the messages that you send Robyn Baker. This is something I've personally struggled with my ENTIRE life.... What to "do" to be healthy and fit? While mostly every program teaches us to completely turn off our own inner guide and follow some cookie cutter guideline to gain worth in this world. Because being a certain leanness is certain to promise happiness and love, right?!? Pffftt. Meanwhile, half the programs out there are FAR from HEALTHY. A beautiful woman redefining what it means to be healthy in a society that has completely lost sight of this."
- Katherine T.