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June 26, 2018 / martinezyoga

Keep Calm and Practice Reiki

Reiki is a form of vibrational healing developed in early 20th century Japan, involving that light laying of hands, restoring balance to body, mind, and spirit. It is a spiritual practice that can help your nervous system balance itself. When your nervous system is balanced, your body, mind, and spirit can self-heal. Who wouldn’t want that? Reiki is supportive, easy, and transformational. Just look at this treatment table. Gus has it too. We all have it. I’ve been practicing daily Self-Reiki for the past 3 years; usually at night before bed. Since then, I have experienced a positive shift, a change for the better. Reiki can be an adjunct to a yoga practice, connecting with the inner source of stillness and peace. If you want and you’re ready for a shift, for a change, drop me a line. I have a dedicated area of practice in my home. I would consider it an honor to share this wonderful healing modality with you.

Peace.

February 6, 2018 / martinezyoga

Previously On Martinez Yoga…

…September 2017 was my last post? What?! 6 months?! Time flies when you’re having fun! What has happened in the past 6 months conmigo? Well, Abhyasa Yoga Center sold, had to find another space(s) to continue my teaching, Gus is growing like a weed (He’ll be 2 come March), Enrique and I are kinda sorta sleeping, Gus is up at 5am and ready to go at 110% all day long til he crashes at 6:30ish then it’s bath and bed, Leo is looking and feeling like, “I remember when it was just you two and me”, and I turned 48. Honey, the party is over, but I’ve only just begun.

And yes, indeed, thank Goddess, I was able to find another studio to teach. In fact, 3 studios: Loom Yoga Williamsburg, Modrn Salt (we practice in a salt room) Manhattan, and Second Story Jackson Heights. All are great spaces with awesome students. They let me do my thang and let me do me, and that’s the best. Couldn’t ask for anything more. Check out my teaching schedule and come practice with me.

I’ve been teaching more and more middle school kids, which is awesome. I have done junior high, middle school, high school, and special needs off and on for the past 10 years, but for the past 2 years it’s been a lot more middle school. That’s interesting. I don’t know why that age, but I noticed it. It’s challenges me as a teacher, but yet, it’s made me a better teacher within that process, I think. It’s made me work on my listening skills. What I’ve learned from my yoga kids, no matter what age, is beyond words. I teach a lot more pre-k to 2nd grade, but lately it’s been more 6th grade. The universe wants me to spread the light and teaching to older kids. Honestly, that school is a challenge, but I show up and I try and show another way. That’s all I can do, or at least try to do.

There are more classes in the pipeline coming this spring. I’ll let you know when those classes are good to go. I’m excited about those upcoming opportunities.

This winter 2017-2018 has been a doozy. Stay warm, get some rest, eat, hydrate, yoga, meditate, and take care of yourself, so when the spring comes, we can rock n roll together.

Peace out!

Om. Shanti.

Xmas 2017

September 6, 2017 / martinezyoga

Dream Big

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Culmination. Done. Something is closing so something can open and begin. That in there is a big part of my practice and offering. The center, Abhyasa Yoga Center founded by J Brown in Williamsburg Brooklyn, where I’ve been studying, practicing, and teaching for the past 9 years or so, has closed its doors as of September 1 after 10 years of operation. There’s a new owner. The vision and path of the new space are not my path and vision. That’s ok. Really. That’s ok. There are many ways to a mountain top. There are many styles of this wonderful process and feedback of yoga. We have choices in yoga, and within the act of observing, questioning, and choosing, there is freedom and liberation. How fortunate are we to have this opportunity! I wish the new owner of the studio nothing but success.

As for me, I’m scouting spaces in Williamsburg to continue the conversation. If you’re a long time student of mine or a newbie, be on the lookout for where and when I’ll be teaching, and feel free to drop me a line about anything. info@martinezyoga.com

As Kate Bush would say, “Ooh, I just know that something good is going to happen!

Isn’t it ironic, that’s another song, that this is happening on the Full Moon in Pisces? The Moon is the emotional self. Full Moon is a culmination. In Pisces, the Full Moon is dreaming big. I am. Are you?

August 24, 2017 / martinezyoga

Just Breathe

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Put it on your calendar, kids. You simply must. Saturday August 26, 11am-12pm. Yoga conmigo in a Himalayan salt room at Modrn Sanctuary in NYC. The miracle of the salt can help support your immune system and respiratory system. The salt can also aid in treating a variety of skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, acne and can aid in the recovery from surgeries. Mix all that with a breath-centered therapeutic yoga practice, oh my. What a treat! Contact Modrn Sanctuary to book your spot. As Gwen Stefani would say, “What you waiting for?”

June 27, 2017 / martinezyoga

Previously On Martinez Yoga…

I want to tell you a yoga story and I want you to listen. When I was younger, so much younger than today, I never needed anybody’s help in any way. Wait. That’s The Beatles. I digress, but I do love Tina’s version. Watch and listen. Now, I know it’s been a while since my last post (I’ve been quite busy parenting Gus who is now 15 months and beyond walking. He’s running!), but let’s tawk about yoga. In my eyes, and you don’t have to buy what I’m selling which I’m not really anyway, I’m just sharing, yoga is not about the pose, product, or goal. It’s not about doing it better, getting it right, improving, performing, competing, or perfection. To me, it’s about the process and feedback along the way, possibly learning something about yourself, if that’s what you want. I’ve shared this wonderful process and feedback of yoga 1 on 1 and class sizes of 75, ages 4 to 90. Of all my classes, it seems to be that the little ones have informed me the most as a yoga teacher. When I teach kids (mostly pre k to 2nd grade), it’s mainly in elementary schools and daycares all over NYC, and boy oh boy, do they keep me on my toes. I’ve learned so much from these little ones. I’ve learned about patience, about listening, about communicating, about sharing, about being consistent, about being open, about diversity, about community, about individuality, about challenging yourself in ways you didn’t expect, about breathing, about being focused, about movement, about rest. To me, that’s yoga. That’s the process. That’s the feedback. That’s the learning something about yourself. These kids are so open to trying new things. As adults, we might not be so open as we think for various reasons, and I think that’s ok, but is it we don’t want to be swayed from what we see as the “right” or “best” thing for me, thusly being closed? I don’t know, but what I do know is that when you’re open to conversation, exploring, and trying something new, there’s so much to be gained. With all the laughter in my kid’s class, there are deep lessons, and that lesson is more than the shape, the posture, the asana. It’s svadhaya. It’s the self-reflection, the introspection, the ability to sort things out. I feel really happy and fortunate to share this process with anybody who is open and willing to question and explore as we practice together.
The kiddos are officially on summer break right now and I hope they have a great summer. I can’t wait to hear when we reconvene what they experienced. Hopefully something fun and new! See ya in the fall, kiddos, and keep exploring!
Namaste.
Om.
Shanti.
March 10, 2017 / martinezyoga

Our Little Man Is Turning One!


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Phewish. We made it. Gus is turning one March 14. Been back teaching since August, but to be honest, it’s been a challenge working and having a family. I wouldn’t have it any other way, though, but gosh, as soon as he wakes up (he’s been sleeping through the night for the past four months or so), it’s all systems go. I have a wonderful husband in this adventure who’s right by my side, but we cannot do this alone. Muchisimas gracias to our wonderful clan of friends that are our family out here in NYC who help us out with no questions asked. I have to give thanks to my yoga. When I practice and teach, it’s not about getting it “right” or doing it better. It’s about having space for exploring, moving, breathing, and resting, possibly learning something about ourselves within that process. It’s vibrant, radiant, open, clear, aware, balanced, and serene, if I had to put words to it. My practice and teaching help me learn about myself, hopefully making me a better person, for me and my family. If you want, come practice with me and let’s explore this wonderful process of yoga together! Happy birthday Gus!

July 29, 2016 / martinezyoga

I’m Back!

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Last week of paternity leave. I’m back to teaching at Abhyasa Yoga Center. I love being with my little boy, but I also love teaching and sharing this wondrous process. New schedule starting next week. Mon 4pm. Mon 6:30pm. Thurs 10am. Thurs 12pm. Take care of yourself and experience a breathe-centered individualized yoga practice. Does a body, brain, and heart good.