Ashtanga practitioner, authorized teacher and psychologist
I discovered yoga when I was 12 and right away it became an important part of my life and daily routine. I was not discouraged by the fact that in the town, where I lived that time, there was no yoga school – I decided to learn yoga by myself and for the next few years I used to start every day on my yoga mat. When I moved to Warsaw to study psychology I could finally begin my practice under the watchful eye of an experienced teacher. That time Przemek Nadolny introduced me to Ashtanga Yoga which became my passion.
To be able to share it after seven years of a constant yoga practice I completed my teacher training. The next step on my yoga path was the journey to India where I could learn Ashtanga Yoga at the source, practicing in Mysore at K. Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute (KPJAYI). To deepen my experience I kept coming to India every year, spending there altogether two years and learning primary and intermediate series from Sharath Jois and other certified teachers like Rolf Naujokat and Louise Ellis. In 2014 I finished second series and became authorized by KPJAYI to teach both sequences (level 2.). In 2016 I attended a 2-months special course for the teachers with Sharath. Apart from visits to India I keep deepening my knowledge by attending workshops and assisting experienced teachers like Petri Räisänen.
Travelling to India made me realise that real yoga practice happens in our heads and lasts for 24 hours a day.
Apart from yoga I am a psychologist. In my master’s thesis at the University of Warsaw I was investigating relations between yoga and personality. I am particularly interested in psychotherapy and techniques that work through the body.
I am sure that yoga allows you to transform not only your muscles, but also your personality. Strength, balance and self-awareness are worth every drop of your sweat.
More about Martyna: www.ashtangi.me