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Samantha Martins

Yoga instructor, personal trainer, musician, and soap maker

Who did you study with?
Michelle Barge (who studied under Paula Tursi), Lori Brungard (who studied under Sri K. Pattabhi Jois), Heather Seagraves, Padmini Veronica Perretti, John Ford, and others at YogaWorks.

How long have you been teaching?
7 years.

What other jobs have you had?
Receptionist, promotional specialist, and I’m also a Stand-Up Paddleboard Yoga teacher.

List 3 words your students would use to describe your classes:
Mindful, Fun, Liberating.

How does your own practice influence your daily life?
My practice grounds me and sets the tone for my day. Even if I do not get to my mat for asana, I take time for some aspect of Yoga practice, even if it’s just doing a few minutes of pranayama or meditation. As long as I get some element in, I feel complete. I definitely meditate and pray daily. And I’m always stretching! I try to get in as much asana as I can even if I’m not actually practicing one day.

Favorite asana?
That’s such a hard question! Right now I’ll have to say Eka Pada Urdhava Dhanurasana (One-Legged Full Wheel Pose). It’s such a strong and graceful posture and I always feel liberated getting into and out of it.

Who is a teacher who inspires you?
Also a very hard question! I’m always inspired by the teachers I practice with. Michelle Barge definitely inspires me with her thoughtful Hatha classes. Her knowledge of anatomy is so refreshing and makes me feel like I’m getting to know my body all over again, and her humor and the way she connects the Yoga practice to living life off the mat is so humbling and invigorating.

A great yoga class makes you feel…
in tune with yourself.