Julie Martin at Yoga Shala Reykjavik

Julie Martin

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Julie Martin


11 August 2017 to 16 August 2017


Yoga Shala Reykjavik Reykjavik


53 0203


Understanding Anatomy, Fascia, Movement and Modern Asana

Hatha yoga is a Tantric based practice which has its roots in individuality and experimentation.  However, most present day yoga classes focus on alignment “rules” and structure in order to “get better” at your practice.  Often we can begin to feel confined, limited (mentally and physically) and sadly, injured.  This is because as modern westerners we are trying to fit our bodies into “shapes” designed influence from Indian body building and gymnastics as well as Swedish military training techniques.  

During this afternoon session we will look why the understanding of modern anatomy and natural movement is imperative in the asana practice.  The role fascia plays is vital and yet is often overlooked or misunderstood.  The body has its own intelligence and we need to let that guide us.   Starting with a brief history of asana we will then delve into the most up to date anatomical and fascia research on what we are REALLY doing to ourselves and why that needs to evolve.   We will also investigate the relationship of the nervous system, the breath, the reaction of the mind and how these elements are integral in finding our true practice that encompasses yoga as a whole.  Through exploring our possibilities instead of limiting ourselves based on what we have been told the pose should look like, we will pull apart structure and form in order to deepen our understanding and experience where movement comes from.  The practice is about presence and awareness, integration rather than isolation, moving with the body and mind, not against it.  

Discover the evolution of your own practice and physical integration, combining anatomy, breath work, yoga history, philosophy and explorative movement to arrive into a true practice for each individual.

This weekend is open to all levels, will include lecture, videos and physical exploration as well as a full asana practice each day putting the knowledge gained back into our bodies. 


JULIE MARTIN - MASTERCLASSES - Exploring a Somatic Movement practice:  

Our yoga practice gives opportunity to let go of unwanted patterns, behaviour, stories and limitations allowing us to cultivate a relationship with our inner self.  One that becomes the most important relationship of all.  Using awareness of sensation Julie will guide you to explore natural spirals, waves, pulses, expansion and contraction, integrated movement, breath and pause.  Listening without judgement to what your body has to say, physically, emotionally and spiritually. Julie encourages students to find their own pace, fluidity and strength in a structure that is only a "suggestion". She no longer asks people to get "into" a pose, but if stillness arises then space is given for you to pause, feel and sense. Moving on only when you are ready, moving with the body not against it.  

Open to all students

Friday 11 Aug -   17.30 - 19.00 Masterclass

Sat 12 Aug - 10.00 - 12.00 Masterclass with pranayama

Sun 13 Aug - 10.00 - 12.00 Masterclass with pranayama

Mon 14 Aug - 18.00 - 19.30 Masterclass

Wed 16 Aug - 18.00 - 19.30 Masterclass



Perhaps one of the greatest challenges for teachers with less experience is developing classes, sequences and modifications for people who either complete beginners or have limited mobility due to injury, age or just living a stressed and sedentary life.  During these 3 afternoon sessions we will focus on breaking down some of the more challenging elements of this demographic and using tools so that you can gain confidence and trust of students no matter what their ability is.  

Day one:  What beginners really need and how to help them achieve it.  Looking at finding ranges of motion and how to adapt structure so that anyone can feel safe in the practice and still get what their body needs

Day two: Sequencing for beginners.  Sometimes we can get so basic in our beginners classes that we feel we are boring our students with sequencing that does’t seem to change but just alternate a few accessible poses.  We’ll throw out some of the rules here and bring in mini flows and sequences that are enjoyable, accessible and allow students to find their own alignment.  

Day three: Working with older students or those who have very limited mobility.  Sometimes we get students in our class and get scared if they’ll be able to get back up off the floor.  We don’t want to make them feel inadequate but encourage them.  Using props, chairs and variety of what might seem unusual exercises we can allow even the most limited body to find movement and freedom and grace.  

Friday 11 Aug  - 13:00 – 17:00 – “Working with beginners – Basic and beginners flows to break down easily”  6000 kr.

Saturday 12 Aug  - 13:00 – 17:00 “Working with beginners – Looking at limited mobility and elderly students”  6000 kr.

Sunday 13 Aug  -  13:00 – 17:00 “Working with beginners – Clarity in communication, skills to make classes more accessible to newer students and those with limited mobility”  6000 kr.



We are constantly communicating with our bodies.  Our gestures, glances, movements are telling stories we may not be aware of.  When we cultivate our internal dialogue to find expression in movement, in dance, we have access to our stories to feel them, see them and express them.  Through this process we allow ourselves to re-pattern, let go of limiting ideas and grow in our relationship to ourselves and others.  Sacred Dance is a movement exploration without limitations. Guided by Julie through different awareness exercises you will find your freedom in movement and let the dance rise from within.

Sunday 13 Aug  - 18:00 – 20:00  3000 kr.

Julie Martin

About The Instructors

Julie Martin wants you to think outside the box, get off your mat, shake up the old dogmas and find freedom to unfold into the beauty of a yoga practice that emerges from the inside.  With over 25 years of experience and an international following of students and teachers alike, Julie’s greatest aim is to inspire.  Her particular passion for human movement means continual investigation of new anatomical approaches, working with natural movement, range of motion, integrated stability and letting go of some of the old asana myths in order to move with the body and not against it.  The practice is always an enquiry, a somatic exploration of sensation, movement and stillness.  

15 years ago Julie set up Brahmani Yoga in Goa, India after teaching in Brighton, UK  for over 8 years.  The largest motivation for the yoga centre was to create a community that could join together each winter season and practice without judgement, learn to let everything evolve and be totally inclusive to all yogis.  What grew out of that is an international reputation especially in training teachers to challenge the “norms” of the yoga world when they no longer work for us.  Julie’s work as a teacher trainer leaves students inspired and empowered.   

She encourages people to find their own pace, fluidity and strength in a structure that is only a "suggestion". No longer asking people to get "into" a pose, but if stillness arises in a moment then space is given to pause, feel and sense.

“Coming from a dance background and starting an asana practice to save my knees (which it did) I was initially so thankful for the practice.  But as I moved over into the deeper world of yoga and teaching it (25 years ago) I was soon riddled with injuries. I had to rethink how this method that had initially "saved" my body was now the source of pain and injury and why everyone in the midst of it was so intent on a "right way" to do the practice. So I stepped away from the strict methodology (which lost me students in some cases) and worked on combining information from modern anatomy and fascia research, including some of my dance knowledge, with natural movement and letting people find their own alignment instead of forcing ideas of what anything should look like. For me it's about allowing students to find a somatic practice that nurtures and heals the body and mind.”

Your yoga practice should invite you into relationship with your self, your body, your mind and emotions.  This is not Instagram yoga or circus skills class.  This is moving through layers, feeling, experiencing and observing process, moving towards stillness, moving towards self.  

The practice is not in the asana, it is in the awareness - Julie Martin



Friday 11 Aug - 13.00 - 17.00   Working with Beginners - Basics and Beginners Flows to breakdown easily.   

17.30 - 19.00 Masterclass

Sat 12 Aug - 10.00 - 12.00 Masterclass with pranayama

13.00 - 17.00   Working with Beginners - looking at limited mobility and elderly students

Sun 13 Aug - 10.00 - 12.00 Masterclass with pranayama

13.00 - 17.00 Working with Beginners - Clarity in communication.  Skills to make classes more accessible to newer students or those with limited mobility.  

Mon 14 Aug - 18.00 - 19.30 Masterclass

Wed 16 Aug - 18.00 - 19.30 Masterclass