I recently completed my advanced 300-hour yoga teacher training during a one-month immersion program in Bali, Indonesia. Under the guidance of YogaWorks trainers, Alicia Cheung and Oliver Reinsch, I spent 34 days at a remote mountain resort practicing yoga around the clock. Alongside 15 other
Katie Martino, MPH, CPH, is a 500-hr registered yoga teacher and women’s health professional. She completed her adult teacher training at YogaWorks and a supplementary kids yoga teacher training at Zooga Yoga. She currently teaches mixed-level Vinyasa style yoga classes to adults throughout the Los Angeles area and spends the rest of her time at Zooga Yoga teaching children and teens, as well as “baby and me” classes. She focuses on instructing proper alignment and supports her students in fostering a deep mind-body connection by tapping into the breath. With a Master’s degree in public health and additional training in maternal and child health, Katie brings unique expertise to her classes. She understands the clinical aspects underlying pregnancy, aging, and chronic disease, and offers appropriate modifications to support students with these conditions. Katie firmly believes that a regular yoga practice has the power to rejuvenate the mind and body and to restore inner peace, despite the constant changes of our daily lives. Yoga also has tremendous potential to change our actions off the mat. That power is what motivates Katie to share the gift of yoga with her community, one student at a time.
Vinyasa links yoga poses together for a flowing practice that is synchronized with the breath. Most classes include traditional Sun Salutations as well as a series of both standing and seated postures. The pace of the class varies depending on the level of the students. However, regardless of the pace, Vinyasa yoga is shown to offer tremendous health benefits, including increased strength, flexibility, endurance, and mental wellbeing.