WELCOME TO MIND HEALTH YOGA and Meditation in Chapel Hill
AMRITARI MARTINEZ M.A. CERTIFIED YOGA TEACHER
AMRITARI MARTINEZ M.A. CERTIFIED YOGA TEACHER
I want to make my yoga classes affordable for my students. Please donate ANY amount. No contribution is too small as long as it comes from the heart. Enjoy my classes. It is an honor to serve you!
I teach therapeutic yoga individually to people in my private studio to help people relax, as well as stretch and strengthen their bodies. I teach couples yoga to deepen relationships. In addition I offer yoga and meditation classes via Zoom and Skype.
I specialize in teaching a wide range of folks with different capabilities. Ranging from the very healthy, to older adults, to folks with chronic pain, to people with weight issues and other various physical ailments, and to the psychiatric and substance use disorders population which I have worked with professionally and as a volunteer.
I know how to help students develop greater body awareness to make their practice rich and motivate them to continue.
In my classes I celebrate this gift of life we are given, present and alive, to the calling of our own hearts.
In my personal experience I struggled with my emotions as I worked under a lot of stress to be successful in academia and my various demanding professions, along with coming to terms with trauma I had experienced as a child and adolescent, and a bipolar diagnosis.
Yoga brought a higher awareness and sensitivity that gave me true happiness and a sense of purpose. It eased my feelings of despair and calmed my anxieties. Moving my body with my breath was key to my mental recovery. It also reduced my physical pain from a serious head on car collision.
This is why I know I can help others who struggle with serious illnesses or difficult life situations using the many teachings of yoga and meditation.
I bring my heart and soul into this practice as a teacher and as a practitioner. It is a matter of witnessing our inner truth and real purpose for being alive.
My goal is to share the precious experience of being present that yoga offers those of us who go out on a limb to witness it's healing potential.
Yoga is a vital force for the expression of love, joy and happiness. It distracts one from self absorption and teaches the core of being in the service of others. You are the guide both present and absent from yourself.
I love bringing the joy of yoga to people who have never experienced it and to bring laughter and relaxation into challenging environments.
I am humbled by the honor of being part of this new frontier on the ground making a difference, to not only help people with serious mental and physical suffering, but to be a character creating new possibilities for human experience.
Yoga is about finding that
power within your mind and body
to heal itself and not be
a victim of circumstances
beyond your control.
Yoga is what allows you to be in
control of your body and to
free it from the delusions of
unhappiness and grief.
They are not your true reality.
Yoga is that truth and happiness
within your heart for more love.
Yoga is that mental and physical control
channeling energy throughout your body
to heal itself from suffering.
Yoga is your compass to more freedom.
( Copyright © 2017 Amritari Martinez M.A., E-RYT)
In out of the way places of the heart, where your thoughts never think to wander, this beginning has been quietly forming, waiting until you were ready emerge.
For a long me it has watched your desire, feeling the emptiness growing inside of you, noticing how you willed your way on, unable leave what you had outgrown.
It watched you play with the seduction of safety, and the gray promises that sameness whispered,
Heard the turmoil rise and relent, wondered would you always live like this. Then delight, when your courage kindled, and out you stepped onto new ground, your eyes young again with energy and dream, a path of plentitude open before you.
Though your destination is not yet clear, you can trust the promise of this opening; unfurl yourself with the grace of beginning that is one with your life’s desire.
Awaken your spirit of adventure; hold nothing back, learn find ease in risk; soon you will be home in a new rhythm, for your soul senses the world that awaits you.
- John O’Donahue To Bless the Space Between Us:
A Book of Blessings
I am going to a place I have
never been to before.
A calm serene vision of my true
self has arisen.
A calling to where I want to be.
A flash of light in my consciousness.
A true measure of my mind.
A necessary awakening of my soul.
I am in cool clear water,
And I feel the cleansing of the
spirit now mine.
I am going to a place I trust within me,
A knowing of myself I had
not known before,
A growing and nurturing space,
A time of arrival.
The sad gloomy places do
not harm me anymore.
I feel a strength and a purpose
that is mine.
I have worked for it.
It will not leave me easily now.
I have lifted myself up.
I will not be taken down again.
The hospitals are still not far away.
But I am not in them now.
I have happily relinquished my
I am free.
I am going to a place I've never
been to before.
I feel myself open.
I am not hard now, but soft.
A yielding has happened.
I am submitting to my own Truth.
(Copyright © 2017 Amritari Martinez M.A., E-RYT)