Olivia Martinez is the first Mexican woman to be authorized to teach Ashtanga Yoga from the direct lineage of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. It is her mission to teach in an authentic way honoring this tradition as she pioneers the practice to her home country. With the opening of The Ashtanga Yoga Mexico Institute Olivia sees herself as a bridge from her students to her guru Sharath Jois; Pattabhi’s grandson. In recent passing of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, Olivia feels the even greater importance of keeping this lineage alive and true to its origin. This type of yoga has attracted many celebrities including musician Chris Botti whom Olivia teaches since 2003. She went on tour with him as his yoga teacher in April, 09.
Teaching Yoga is Olivia’s calling in life! With the opening of The Ashtanga Yoga Mexico Institute Olivia sees herself, planting seeds in her students so they can grow their practice and ultimately themselves. Her goal for her students is awareness. “If you don’t know where your hips are how do you know where your soul is? The people of Mexico are ready for this!”
Olivia, completed her teacher training at the Integral Yoga Institute in New York City in 1998. In 1999 Olivia started practicing the Ashtanga Vinyasa method with Govinda Kai and later became an apprentice of Guy Donahaye at the Ashtanga Yoga Shala in New York City. After her first class with Sharath, in September 2001 Olivia felt a connection right away and knew this was her path. She has been a direct student of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois and Sharath since 2005. Upon her fourth visit to India, in Feburary 2009, Olivia was given the Authorization and Blessings to teach the primary and second series of Ashtanga Yoga. Olivia will continue to go to India every year to study and has the goal of completing the third series of the Ashtanga Yoga.
Olivia Martínez directora y fundadora del Ashtanga Yoga México Institute. Olivia, es la primera maestra mexicana autorizada directamente del Ashtanga Yoga Research Institute en Mysore, India por sus maestrso Sri K Pattabhi Jois y Sharath Jois para enseñar la primera y segunda serie del Ashtanga Yoga. Completó el teacher training en el Instituto de Yoga Integral en la ciudad de Nueva York en 1998 y se ha dedicado al estudio del Ashtanga yoga desde entonces. Atravéz delos años, ha viajado a Mysore para estudiar con Sri K Pattabhi Jois y Sharath Jois. Olivia fué aprendíz de Guy Donahaye, Director del Ashtanga Yoga Shala en la ciudad de Nueva York por dos años donde también dio clases de Ashtanga estilo Mysore. Olivia ha enseñado talleres y clases de ashtanga yoga en Nueva York, Miami, Philadelphia, Frankfurt y México. Ha sido voluntaria para dar clases de yoga a personas de edad avanzada en Mysore, India. Cuando vivió en la ciudad de Nueva York, enseño clases privadas a practicantes avanzados, bailarines de Broadway, incluyendo al famoso trompetista, Chris Botti . Enseñar yoga a sido su vocación en la vida y esta agradecida por esta oportunidad de poder dedicarse a este servicio.