We are so excited to honor Martin Taber as our Manduka Sponsored Yogi of the month for April! Martin has been with us at The Green Yogi since we first opened, and he has taken over 100 classes! He inspires our Green Yogi community with his sweet, welcoming presence as he easily strikes up a conversation with anyone and everyone – making us all feel loved! We are honored to have you in our yoga family, Martin!
NICKNAME: Obiel. As in OBL…of burning leaves. Yeah, I grew up in Berkeley…
FUN FACT ABOUT ME: When I was thirteen I toured Europe with the San Francisco Boys Chorus. I love to sing, I just have a lousy memory for lyrics…hmmmhmmhmmhmmmhuuummmm….I also love swing dancing – doing it, watching it, teaching it. Maybe we’ll put on some music after one of Marina’s Friday night music classes and cut the proverbial rug.
WHO IS YOUR FAVORITE INSTRUCTOR AND WHY?
Kari has such a calming, directive voice. Her classes flow seamlessly from beginning to end. Her explanation of the poses, the movement, and the transitions is very comprehensive and I always feel like the knowledge she is imparting is soaking deep down into my bones. Marina also brings a sense of deep understanding to her flow classes, which are alive and playful while still being wonderfully grounded and balanced. Her joy and encouragement really gets you through (and into!!) your inner edge. The Wednesday evening double header with these two yoga goddesses is not to be missed. I can’t, and I wouldn’t want to, choose between them. I would be remiss, though, if I didn’t also mention Eric, who gave me such a great early role model of a strong male yogi having fun and keeping it real. You are missed, my friend. Mary just seems to draw such a wonderful spirit and circle of teachers to our studio.
WHAT IS YOUR INTENTION FOR YOUR YOGA PRACTICE?
My intention for my yoga practice is to every day find a re-find (refine?) my intention. Each class offers something different, and I try to stay open to what I need and what energy I’m bringing to the studio every day when I arrive. Overall, I would say my intention is to learn to balance out life’s highs and lows, while at the same time training myself to live more deeply and passionately. Yeah, I want to have my cake and eat it too. Whatever that means…hahaha!
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE YOGA POSE?
Tree pose into warrior three during flow. And sleeping swan into mermaid in yin class. It’s all about the transitions.
WHAT SONG SHOULD BE ON EVERY YOGA PLAYLIST?
“Falling Slowly” by Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova – the theme song from the movie, Once.
WHAT INSPIRES YOU?
I am inspired by the small kindnesses I see people do for each other every day. I am inspired by creative solutions to complex problems. I am inspired by simple, elegant design that doesn’t feel like it’s working too hard. And I am inspired by the gentle beauty of wind patterns in the trees, the still silence in vast fields of snow, and the fresh smell of a warm spring dawn. Oh yeah, and water. I love being on the water.
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN PRACTICING AND HOW HAS YOGA IMPROVED YOUR LIFE?
Just over one year. I was a yoga virgin before joining TGY. I think I have grown more perceptive of my body’s internal energies, and less focused just on the physical and structural elements of how it works. Specifically, I have become much more interested in how the channels carry both positive and negative energy through seemingly unrelated parts of our body. Kari recently recommended me The Web That Has No Weaver (which I tried reading years ago in college) as a primer on the body’s meridians. I’m finding it much more compelling now that I have more nuanced experiences to connect it to.