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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.

June 15, 2016 / martinezyoga

Oh, Baby, Baby

Been a long time since my last post. It’s been a bit cray cray in a good way. Me and my husband have been exploring adoption for the past five years or so, and it finally happened! Meet August Blake Mosqueda Martinez. Gus for short. He was born March 14, 2016, healthy, happy, Pisces, all good. Took some time off from teaching, prepping for his arrival, and took some off upon his arrival. My classes at Abhyasa Yoga Center are picking up again come August 1 with a slight schedule change, and my kids classes at PS 3 will pick up again come September. Check out the AYC and PS 3 websites as well as my Teaching Schedule page to get the updated schedule. We’re so happy and thankful that our dream came true. Instead of a table for two, we’re now a table for three. Many thanks to our family and friends who supported us on this journey. Couldn’t do it without you!

Gus n Keith Haring

December 16, 2015 / martinezyoga

The Library Is Now Open

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Freud. Yoga. Freud And Yoga. Shinto. Shinto The Kami Way. Who could ask for anything more? We’re going deep. See you on the other side. Come with me.