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Chair Yoga and Meditation

Mondays  10.00am – 10.45am

Tuesdays 10.00am – 10.45am

At Heene Community Centre

Payment: Between £42 – £50 (according to what feels reasonable for you to pay at the time)

For 6 week course (ongoing courses). Must book in advance with Martina.

There are no classes on Bank Holidays.

We use a chair instead of having to get up and down off a mat on the floor so this class is suitable for people who may find this difficult for any reason or those who simply want to practice a gentler form of yoga. There is some standing and modifications will be offered for anything that is not suitable.

We will practice a wide variety of exercises to access and move all the joints in the body. You will learn a variety of movements, poses, breathing and relaxation techniques and meditation that you can add to your tool box to take away with you in everyday life. Feel calm, more at ease and help relieve general aches and pains in the body to maintain good health.

Yoga promotes well being on all levels, mental, physical and emotional.

Regular clients have given positive feedback and find that by the end of the class they feel relaxed and calm. 

Start your week as you wish to go on by doing something positive for yourself on a Monday morning. A great way to meet new people. You can even finish by visiting the café for a cuppa after.

Martina has been teaching Yoga since 2007 in London and is now based in Worthing. She is professional, with experience of working with a wide range of clients and levels of experience.

Please wear loose comfortable clothing. Preferably with socks not shoes (optional).

Recommended not eating 1 hour before class (or light snack only).

Please turn phone onto silent and it is preferable that you do not arrive late as it disrupts the class.

Must book in advance. 

Please contact Martina: 07813 071923

Martina’s Bio

Martina’s own journey with yoga started while studying Fine Art at University where she became intrigued by the state of mental attention she reached when highly focused on an activity such as painting or performance art. This led her to to attend a weekly Buddhist meditation group while studying and not long after she was introduced to asana (postures) when attending a retreat at Anam Cara in the Highlands of Scotland. Martina went on to train as a Yoga teacher qualifying in 2009, teaching since 2007, training in the Vini Yoga tradition with David Charlton over 3.5 years. Martina went onto train with Norman Blair’s (one of the UK’s leading Yin Yoga teachers) and completed his advanced training. During this time she covered his classes and gained professional experience. She was also working as a receptionist for 6 years at The Life Centre where she attended hundreds of classes and workshops and spent dedicated time devoted to yoga while training herself and advising clients.

She taught in London for 10 years where she continued her professional development. Important influences are her first teacher Kevin McDonnell, Angelika Grohmann and Lisa Kayley-Isley who have all have been significant mentors. Martina has trained in Yoga for depression, anxiety and trauma sensitive classes through training with Lisa and on courses at the Minded Institute.

Martina moved back to Worthing in 2016.

Martina continues to deepen her own practice through personal retreats each year and continued professional development and training. 

She is an Artist and finds her yoga and artistic practice compliment and inform each other. She has experience of working with a variety of clients and has a particular interest in mental health and support, teaching all range of experience from absolute beginner to those with 30 or so years experience. She enjoys teaching private sessions as it is highly unique guided by the individual as things develop.

She loves encouraging the communal aspects of classes of coming together to connect peacefully with others. In recent years Martina’s community chair yoga classes at Heene and elsewhere, for those who would find mat work a bit more challenging are popular.

Martina loves sharing the tools of yoga to empower people to be guided from within and become more sensitive to their innate wisdom and teaches supportive classes that encourage kindness and compassion.

Since the pandemic she has become more sure of the importance of community and believes  that a weekly yoga class can enhance health on all levels and wishes to focus on the community aspect more.