Martinez Yoga


I am an experienced and compassionate teacher, tailoring my guidance according to the needs of each practitioner. And while I always offer sincere encouragement, I believe that self-encouragement on your own part offers a deeper benefit and can enhance your Yoga experience. I listen to, guide, and support my students in awakening to themselves through the meditation of asana (postures), vinyasa krama (an organized sequence of postures), and pranayama (breathing techniques), with the intention to maintain and restore well being. I believe that Yoga is a spiritual practice, not perfection, and that each day, each moment, is a new journey. Within that journey, within itself is home. Home can be your Yoga, if you want. We can map a course of action or go to wherever your Yoga takes us, always remembering though to feel your Yoga, to observe and choose, to engage in svadhyaya (self-study) while refraining from analyzation and judgment, and to come back to center: you and your breath. Within that process, you could free and liberate yourself. Who wouldn’t want that? I began my Hatha Yoga practice and training in 1993, exploring a variety of disciplines such as Ashtanga-vinyasa, Iyengar, Shadow, Therapeutic, and Vinyasa. While pursuing my studies, I lived in San Francisco and London, settling in New York City, where I became a Registered Yoga Teacher with the Yoga Alliance, receiving teaching certification in: Vinyasa Yoga, 200 hrs, 2008, Sonic Yoga NYC Therapeutic Yoga, 500 hrs, 2009, Abhyasa Yoga Center BKLYN Children’s Yoga, Level I, Level II, Level III, 2010, Little Flower Yoga NYC I deepened my knowledge of Yoga Anatomy with Leslie Kaminoff in 2013 and Embodied Anatomy and Kinesiology with Amy Matthews in 2014 at The Breathing Project. In my Yoga Anatomy study, I examined the principles and the practices that provide a practical grounding in the essentials of the anatomy of yoga practice with a particular emphasis on the relationship between breathing and healthy spinal function. In my Embodied Anatomy and Kinesiology study, I addressed structure and movement from an experiential perspective, using principles from Body-Mind Centering, Laban Movement Analysis, Bartenieff Fundamentals, PNF, and various yoga practices to discuss principles of alignment and therapeutic applications. In Hatha Yoga, the body and the breath are unified, either in asana, postures, or vinyasa, movements. Ha is the exhale, giving, masculine, the sun. Tha is the inhale, receiving, feminine, the moon. Whether it is postures or movements, the body is organized around the breath. Hatha Yoga is a relatively late arrival in the evolution of Yoga, dating back little more than one thousand years, entering the Western Hemisphere in the 1920s, and today it is the most widely practiced branch of Hindu Yoga. Hatha Yoga has many positive benefits and effects, especially health and fitness, but the true tradition of Yoga is in the practice of self-transcendence, self-transformation, and self-realization. I offer a Therapeutic Yoga practice for the individual, based on the teachings of T. Krishnamacharya and his son TKV Desikachar, and the teachings of Mark Whitwell. It is with a profound passion that I offer the teachings and practice, clarifying its relevance of ancient wisdom to contemporary life. I also offer Reiki, a form of vibrational healing developed in early twentieth century Japan, involving the light laying of hands, restoring balance to body, mind, and spirit. I received my training, transmission, and initiation of first and second degree Reiki in 2015. I have been practicing Self-Reiki every day since my transmission and initiation, and I have found it to be extremely supportive, easy, and transformational. I would consider it an honor to share this with you if you want to add another layer of observation to your practice.


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