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Dan Martell

Dan Martell

My journey into yoga started in 2007 after some heart health concerns with a chair yoga class at a Cardiac Rehabilitation Centre fund raiser.

I find my practice helps quiet the mind, which to me is the spiritual aspect of it (being present). I particularly enjoy the challenge and benefits of the athletic Ashtanga/Vinyasa flowing styles of yoga; but also enjoy slowing it down with a gentle restorative practice. I truly believe the physical benefits of yoga not only improves your stamina, strength and flexibility, but can translate into a greater sense of well-being on a physical, emotional, and spiritual level, increasing your confidence and inner peace. I also practice a couple styles of martial arts which I feel yoga has helped with my flexibility, balance and state of mind.

I received my 200-hour yoga instructor certification from Amana in 2013. I first started teaching 12-16 year olds at Rothesay Netherwood School that same year while enrolled in the yoga teacher training program. I have also taught at the Saint John Regional Hospital as part of their wellness promotion, and at the Atlantic Physiotherapy Rehab Clinic. The largest class I have taught was at Ritchie Lake Park for the Town of Quispamsis, where an estimated 120 people participated, it was a lot of fun and I enjoyed the challenge of such a large group.

I am a big fan of standing poses, especially Triangle, Warrior 2, Bird of Paradise, and the lesser known Arjuna’s Bow Pose that transitions well from Warrior 2. I also enjoy Pigeon pose and its many variations. I enjoy teaching and introducing others to the many benefits yoga has to offer, and try to interject some humour, because I feel yoga not only has to be physically beneficial but also fun.

The person who inspires me the most is…my brother Charles who passed away unexpectedly at the young age of 20.

One thing that I want my students to know about creating their own yoga practice is… that it is not only about the pose but also about quieting the mind and greater sense of well-being, and one should only compare yourself with how you did the previous day/month/year vs. with someone else’s practice.