Howard Martin

Yoga Instructor

It was 1989 when I first found yoga in Philadelphia with Dr Pratap of The Yoga Research Society. I was studying psychology at Temple University with the intention of better understanding how consciousness, the senses, mind, and matter inter-relate. Ironically, it was not until many years later that I was able to see the clarity, consistency, and simplicity offered in the ancient texts on yoga science. The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali suggests practices to clear the obstacles, distractions, and attachments that obstruct awareness of divine consciousness within. The Sutras also provide guidance for establishing habits which cultivate stability, ease, and balance in the mind.

After getting a bit distracted I reconnected with a regular yoga practice in 2006. About three years later I completed a teacher certification program with Jackie Chiodo at Joyful Yoga and began to teach while continuing to practice and study. Yoga Sutra chanting and study became a regular part of my practice in 2015. And my 500 RYT certification with The Himalayan Institute will be complete in October of 2018. Words always seems small when I try to express the depth of my gratitude that a place as extraordinary as The Himalayan Institute exists. The institute serves as a modern conduit for ancient teachings from an unbroken lineage. I plan to continue to receive and share.

In the role of yoga teacher my intention is to meet students where and how they are, support their efforts to establish a home practice, and offer practices that contribute to radiant health, balance, liberation, and freedom.