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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!
March 10, 2017 / martinezyoga

Our Little Man Is Turning One!

Artist Dan Flavin, untitled, 1973. Dia: Beacon

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!


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


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.

September 16, 2015 / martinezyoga

Previously On Martinez Yoga…


Slow. Fast. Your choice. That’s what’s great about yoga.

I experienced recently that conversation within my own home practice. I gave myself the choice. What choice you ask? To breathe and move slow, or to breathe and move fast. That is the question. Oh, yeah, to me, yoga is in the questioning and noticing, not in the pose, product, or goal. I digress. Point is that sometimes breathing and moving slow can open doors and windows of this conversation, sometimes not. Sometimes breathing and moving fast can open doors and windows of this conversation, sometimes not. Ok, now you might be asking, what’s the conversation? It’s any kind of conversation that could lead one to clarity, lead one to being fully in the moment as a friend, yoga. Oh, yeah, also, you can’t force it. If you do, that’s when things can lock up, grip, or brace, and that’s when things can stop moving. We’re alive and breathing, and things will move. Why inhibit that? Yoga is about freedom and liberation, and within that freedom and liberation, you have a choice. But I do have to say, that if one cultivates a practice of breathing and moving slower, you got a few things going on. You’re paying attention as you practice (hopefully), you’re paying attention to what you’re doing, and you’re allowing your breath to be your teacher, so if one day you choose to breathe and move faster, you’re not going to deplete yourself of energy, and you’re not going to hurt yourself because you took the time to breathe and move slower.

Last week as I was practicing at home, I noticed that I was breathing and moving faster than normal. I was booking. It was a little bit shocking, and a bit of a surprise. I also noticed that I wasn’t forcing any of it. It just kinda happened, and I went with it. It felt really supportive. I gave myself that space. I wish everyone would give themselves that space. And when my practice was done, I felt a bit more balanced, and bit more even, and that’s a good thing. I’m not going for perfection when I practice or anything for that matter. I’m into the noticing. That day I noticed I breathed and moved a bit faster than normal, but I didn’t deplete myself of energy (and trust, living in NYC can deplete you). Yoga. Who could ask for anything more?

If you’re interested in that space and conversation, come to one of my classes in Brooklyn at Abhyasa Yoga Center. Would love to breathe and move with you. This is America! You have a choice!



July 23, 2015 / martinezyoga

It’s All About Nada

The Zen Buddhist library is open.

The Lankavatara Sutra. Chapter IX. The Fruit of Self-Realisation. Page 85. 11742865_10153200967759055_5046476623778571930_n

Even with these eloquent words, words and ideas are not central for the transmission of this teaching. It is a reflection of Zen. Words and letters are at best a description of reality and not the reality itself. Woah. That’s heavy. Put that in your incense burner, and spark it up.

July 9, 2015 / martinezyoga

Yoga Sūtra Quote of the Day. Chapter 1. Verse 28.


Om if you want to. Om around the world. Without wings. Without wheels. Without anything but the love we feel.

June 2, 2015 / martinezyoga

Previously On Martinez Yoga…


Sometimes doing simplest things can bring great benefits. I’m talking about yoga and the lens from which I’m looking through. That’s the lens I’m sharing when I’m teaching. For me, in regards to practicing, and in turn teaching, my goal is no goal. I don’t have a goal. Well, if there is no goal, what is then? It’s learning something about yourself with the process and feedback along the way. Yoga. To do that, I just want to give people the space to explore and breathe.

I had a special place last week for a group of middle school and high school students. These awesome youngins’ came to Abhyasa Yoga Center in Brooklyn where I teach for a private class. They had various special needs, and this was their first yoga class ever. Not a problem, and really not different from anyone else. I showed them around the center, helped them get situated with mats, bolsters, blankets, blocks, etc…and off we went into the yoga blue yonder. The class, as well as all my other classes, wasn’t about performing asana. It was about being together, listening to each other, and helping each other out. Yeah, we did some cat-cow, some warrior I, some warrior II, some tree, talked about pranayama, but it was beyond all that. It was a space of support and observation, and at the end of class, a space of rest and relaxation, which they loved. It was awesome and uplifting. It was one of the most pleasurable classes I’ve ever taught. As they we’re leaving, and saying good bye, and walking out the door, everybody, including myself, was full of laughter and joy. I had an amazing time, and had extra spring in my step for the rest of they day, as I hope they did too.

You know, I go through stuff too, and this time that I spent with these wonderful newly minted yogis got me through a passing period in my life, where, you know, things can get hard, even for yoga teachers. Hey, we’re people too. They helped me, and I hoped I helped them. To me, that’s what yoga is about; help when someone needs it, being in a space of exploring to where you are alert and relaxed, strong and soft, to where you have zeal and patience, and to where you can breathe. Freedom. Choices. Yoga.

Many thanks to my new friends for an opportunity to learn about myself while teaching this wonderful process of yoga.



Photo by Anna Rose

June 1, 2015 / martinezyoga

Don’t Follow Me. I’m Lost.

So says U.G. Krishnamurti.

Totally. Don’t follow me too. I’m lost as well, so says me.