My Yoga Philosophy

I draw from close to twenty years of teaching experience to offer eclectic yoga and movement classes. I cater my instruction to the needs of the student and strive to support the emotional, physical, and spiritual aspects of each individual. I enjoy sharing my knowledge of psychology, yoga, bodywork, anatomy, and movement arts to create a safe, fun and well-rounded practice suitable for every kind of body.

Think of a large tree as a metaphor for your practice and how it evolves. The many branches extending from this proverbial tree are constantly growing, shifting, and reaching towards the light. The stuck places we feel in our bodies are there to inform us of how we move (or don’t move) in the world, and yoga is one of the many tools to guide us into this understanding. The branches extending from the universal yoga tree are constantly developing, and when we dedicate time to nurture the soil, our trees grow stronger and feel more supported.

When we create space in our bodies and offer our inner life some loving presence, life can flow more freely through us. We become more receptive and more able to cultivate strength, joy, creative expression, love, productivity, and wellbeing. My teaching style is eclectic and symbolizes the ever shifting/expanding nature of the human experience. I hope to see you in class, retreat or a workshop soon!


Private Sessions available (outcalls available for an additional fee). Call or text for an appointment: (805) 448-4111 or email.


About The Yoga

Santa Barbara Yoga Classes

Romi’s intention is to nurture and support the unique inner exploration of her students, so they may find more freedom in their bodies and lives. Her classes build strength, awareness and flexibility, while nourishing the deeper layers of personal growth. Romi evokes transformative experiences through the medium of yoga, and has been inspired by movement arts such as gymnastics and dance since childhood. Her classes are a blend of various yoga approaches, and she injects humor and life into an otherwise often ‘serious’ method of contemplation. Romi shares psychosomatic insights with her students that are based on both personal experience, and an academic understanding of clinical psychology. Her light-hearted approach also supports individuals to easily understand anatomy and the body, as it pertains to injury prevention, rehabilitation, and fitness.

Romi offers compassionate healing energy and focused, mindful sequences, to assist individuals to uncover innate body wisdom. Each class emphasizes pranayama (breath exercises), core strengthening, postural alignment, mindful awareness, and intention-based transformation. Although trained in various Hatha Yoga styles, Romi chooses not to be limited by one approach.



I would highly endorse Romi Cumes for anyone trying to get their body in better shape and recover from injuries. After 30 years in the Fire Service I had become rigid, inflexible and attempts to return to my conventional style of exercise would frequently end in injury. A gift from my family caused me to enroll in Romi’s Intro to Yoga course. Over the past 20 months I have continued to be a student in Romi’s classes and have noticed dramatic improvement to my quality of life, my sleep patterns and peace of mind. My family has noted these changes as well. Romi is a dedicated and patient teacher who does not adhere to a “one size fits all” approach to teaching and tailors her approach to individuals. She has an intuitive sense about her students’ abilities and moods on any given day and approaches her instruction with that in mind.   I have also gone to Romi for bodywork for more deep tissue issues and found her to be excellent at this as well. Once again, her intuitive nature is a real asset in her massage and deep tissue work. My only regret is that I have not taken advantage of this therapy more often. I would recommend, without qualification, Romi Cumes as a Yoga instructor and therapist. She has a tremendous amount of good energy that flows into her work with people.
Pat McElroySanta Barbara City Fire Chief