8 Limbs is pleased to publish monthly Teacher Profiles to help you to know and learn from the amazing group of 8 Limbs Yoga Teachers. This month we profile Maritza Hartnett, an experienced teacher who is a new addition to our staff and now teaches at 8 Limbs Capitol Hill, Phinney Ridge & Wedgwood.
Teacher Name: Maritza Hartnett
Practicing Yoga Since: 2001
Teaching Yoga Since: 2008
Where and when do you teach? At 8Limbs Yoga I teach at:
- Phinney Ridge, Monday, 7:15PM, Level II Flow
- Phinney Ridge, Friday, 4:45PM, All Levels Flow
- Capitol Hill, Thursday, 4:00PM, Level I
- Wedgwood, Friday, 6:30AM, All levels Flow
- Wedgwood, Saturday, 4:45PM, All levels Flow
I also have a private practice as an Ayurvedic Health Counselor.
Who/what are your teachers? I have had the good fortune to study with many great Yoga and Ayurveda teachers like David Swenson, Scott Blossom, John Doulliard, Johnathan Sudhir Foust, Larissa Hall Carlson, Vasant Lad, Yogananda Michael Carroll, Coby Koslowsky and many others. I studied with all of these great masters at Kripalu Yoga Center a very dear place to me, where I have done all my Yoga and Ayurveda trainings.
Hobbies/interests: Sailing has been my main hobby and passion. It has taken me around the world. I have experienced many adventures from racing to cruising, from calm seas to ferocious storms. For more than 15 years I have taught sailing to a wide variety of students from children to adults in all sorts of boats from Optimists to 45 footers. Sailing like the practice of Yoga, continues to teach me more and more about myself, my relationship to the world and life itself.
What non-yoga book are you reading/did you recently read? “Life of Pi” by Yann Martel. Actually the most yogic book ever, without pretending it to be. I found an amazing message of courage, determination and understanding of fear. It illustrated me how the mind works and how we, as human beings, can relate to all that surround us to find fulfillment in life.
Yoga book you recommend: “Yoga and the Quest for the True Self” by Stephen Cope and of course “Life of Pi” by Yann Martel. Oh, and “Women who Run with Wolves” by Clarissa Pinkola Estes…a journey into self discovery.
Is there a practice you do daily? If so, explain why: Yes, my personal practice is Vinyasa, the art of placing awareness in a special way. I like to stay connected to the vibrations of my heart and breath, to relax in every exhalation, to find alignment as I feel and to observe what is happening inside of me as I surrender to my experience as it is. My favorite pose is Sirsasana or Head Stands because it brings me back to the Earth…it grounds me.
One secret that helps you stay healthy: I try to apply all the concepts of Ayurveda and Yoga in my life. I follow a daily rutine –Dinacharia– that includes my practice of Hatha Yoga, self oil massage –Abhyanga-, I eat with the seasons for my constitution –Dosa- and I try to follow the Yamas and Niyamas the best way I can.
Currently inspired by: All the wonderful students at 8 Limbs Yoga!
Tell us about a time in your life that yoga really supported/helped you: In 1999 I divorced and I went on a downward spiral of despair, anger, sadness and self-destruction. I came very close to the doors of death. I lost a great amount of weight due to anorexia and bulimia and lost all the desire for life. In 2001 I found an amazing therapist who happened to be a great yogi. He introduced me to Meditation and Yoga. I started to practice Tatrak and Mandala watching every day and started journaling my dreams. In just a few months of practice I was literally brought back from death. Yoga came a bit later. As I was practicing pranayamas, my body started to ask for movement. Prana -life force- was moving me from the very inside out. I am very grateful for the practice of Yoga, Meditation, Pranayama and Ayurveda; together, they continue transforming my life over and over again, supporting my health in union of Body, Mind and Spirit.
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