I am so grateful to Marti for my recuperative therapy classes after my injury. I am able to walk without pain and do yoga again! I am still taking them even though I am fully healed because I need it to keep my pain from coming back. Marti is a gentle, knowledgeable and patient teacher that will guide you to a very relaxing and healing state of being. Love her classes!Lauren, 42
Benefits of a Recuperative Yoga Class
- Restores and maintains the body’s appropriate range of motion
- Creates good alignment
- Develops muscle balance
- Cultivates physical awareness
Recuperative yoga recognizes that not every pose is for everybody, and puts the spotlight on muscle functions and body mechanics. Simple exercises and yoga postures restore balance, strength, and flexibility. This very specialized practice is good for those recuperating from an injury or illness or athletes recuperating between games.
The advantages of this practice can be seen in faster recovery times, longer strides, and better range of motion.
When Marti is not teaching group fitness she can be found coaching others in healthy lifestyle choices in her private practice in yoga, nutrition and self care.
She created the yoga program in the Integrative Medicine Department at St. Luke’s Hospital in the Houston Medical center. This includes work with children as well as hospice patients.
-Created a Yoga Program for Veterans at the South Texas Veterans Administration Hospital where she serves as the first Yoga Therapist in the Whole Health Program.
– Worked with Baylor College of Medicine to create a class for post-op breast cancer patients and has special training in Pink Ribbon Yoga
– Developed a meditation component for initial nurse training at St. Luke’s Hospital
-Developed a line of all-natural therapeutic healing products ( check out the shop page)
What kinds of painful issues can be helped through yoga?
- Lower back pain including disc problems, arthritic joints, or muscle spasms.
- Neck issues including nerve-related problems, bone spurs, neck spasms, and chronic neck tension.
- Hip problems including joint issues, bursitis, muscle strains, and arthritis.
- Shoulder issues including rotator cuff injuries, postural issues, and arthritic conditions.
- Various joint pains, arthritis, inflammation, fibromyalgia, and other assorted issues.
- Chronic Stress Disorder.
- Almost any painful condition.
- can aid in the managing of symptoms for scoliosis, Parkinson, Cerebral Palsy, MS , Scoliosis, and many other conditions.
As a certified yoga instructor, with advanced training, her focus is on alignment-based Hatha Yoga. Classes include a mix of recuperative yoga, strength building, meditation, and breathing techniques. These four tenets build strength in an appropriate and sustainable way for my clients.
What is Therapeutic/Adaptive/Recuperative Yoga ?
-A note from Marti –
It’s a blend of yogic technologies focused on supporting people in healing: restorative postures, gentle yoga, breathwork, hands-on healing, guided imagery. TY is geared toward fitting yoga to the person, not making the person fit the yoga. It looks at an individual’s special needs and creates a healing practice.
Traditionally, in India, all yoga is for healing. Therapeutic yoga is an evolution of what could easily be brought into clinical settings . I have worked to create a way of teaching people who are very ill, combining simple propping, meditation and guide them to cultivate inner awareness.
These gentle, practices are deeply relaxing. They turn off the stress—or fight/flight response and turn on the parasympathetic, or rest/digest response. When we get calm, the body starts to focus on mending. soften, and explore. TY is a time of bringing compassion and breath to those areas, along with guided meditation and soothing imagery. I have seen through my work how vital it is to the healing process to turn off the stress response.
My clients include those going through cancer treatments, stroke recovery, heart transplants, and pain management issues to more skeletal issues like frozen shoulder, sacroiliac joint pain, sports injuries, sciatica, and spinal stenosis. With my special certifications in Pink Ribbon Yoga and Yoga and Oncology, I am able to help those going through chemotherapy, and in the recovery phases, meeting the special needs of these patients. I encourage clients not to be defined by their illness . Yoga is empowering and allows you to work at your optimum-whatever level that might . All sessions are followed by relaxation and meditation.
Yoga is healing but also preventative and I always encourage people to not wait until they have an issue to find a “fix”. Instead, start now in a consistent yoga practice that will support better choices in everything from what you choose to eat , to how you hold your body.
Marti is now offering teacher training. See the workshop tab for Continuing Education Hours and teacher immersions.
Private lessons both in-home and in-studio can be arranged by request.