MICHELLE "MAHADEVI" MARTINI

Hometown: Morrisville, Pennsylvania

On Weekends You Can Be Found: In a yoga studio or classroom.. I'm always enrolled in adult education, usually (but not always) focused on some kind of healing modality. Otherwise, I'm hanging out with my mini-pom MalaSutra somewhere in nature, going out to eat for some delicious vegetarian food, taking an epsom salt aromatherapy bath, doing Yoga Nidra on the Biomat,  maybe getting a massage.. I love to relax. 

Favorite Movie of All Time: I'm not a big movie watcher, but the one that stands out in my mind is Bad Santa…     

Favorite Time of Day To Get Your Practice In: Anytime… I begin each morning with Ayurvedic self care rituals and then sit down for my meditation. The physical practice can come whenever my schedule fits, ideally around lunch time- but realistically tends to happen in the evening. 

A Quote You Love: "Listen to your being. It is continuously giving you hints; it is a small, still voice. It does not shout at you, this is true. And if you are a little silent you will start feeling your way. Be the person you are. Never try to be another, and you will become mature. Maturity is accepting the responsibility of being oneself, whatsoever the cost. Risking all to be oneself, that's what maturity is all about." - Osho

Your Personal Mantra: Walk in Beauty.

What’s Your Favorite Part of Y7: The people. The candlelight. The infrared heating. The paradigm- a non-dogmatic sweaty spiritual sanctuary.. and yes.. the swag.

Dream Vacation:  Every year I travel to study Shamanism and Yoga in South/Central America, and then make my way down to Argentina… This is my dream come true, doing ceremony in a sangha tribe surrounded by beauty. 

Favorite Yoga Pose: Pigeon pose… It's such a deep stretch and a sweet surrender. Usually by the point pigeon comes, I know the hard work is over. I align myself and bow into the posture. Then, all that's left to do is breathe deep and allow myself to open. 

Favorite Post Yoga Snack: A smoothie, of course… With protein powder and no added sweetener, thank you! 

How Did You Get Into Yoga: I decided randomly one day to try a class at my gym about 5 years ago, and I developed a huge crush on the teacher! And,, uh,, really enjoyed his class, too! Nothing developed romantically there, and my true love ended up being yoga. I believe we come to yoga for one reason, and stay for another. So,the reason I stay is that yoga strips me down to my essence. I am able to show up as a present person, have more compassion for others, take better care of my body, and detoxify my life of things that no longer serve me. About three years ago, I was drunk almost every day and living out of my car. My life is so opposite of that now and I credit yoga, the people who supported me, and the work I was willing to do on myself for that miracle. It is now my dharma to serve others and share the teachings. 

Some Yoga- Inspired Poetry: Savasana I lie here in corpse to bask in pure presence.Still bodied in rest as my soul soars to heaven. Pranayama, asana, we breathe as we pose. Become the observer, neither friend nor foe. Overcame ego to touch my true self, detached from desire- all struggles are quelled. I vacillate between bright lights and pitch black as the peace in my heart guides the way I react. Free from misconception and clear in direction, I delve into the sweetness of the polar intersection. Right is born from the wrong, balanced, flexible, strong. Royally reclined, aligned body and mind. My immeasurable presence unrestricted by time. No reason, just rhyme as I touch the Divine. Basking in beauty, the power of now. Saluting the sun, open heart as I bow.