Centered City Yoga Teacher Highlight- Eric Martin

Centered City Yoga Teacher Highlight- Eric Martin This month I am pretty much thrilled out of my mind to highlight my husband, Eric, for our teacher highlight. If you love the iPads at the studio, the TV above the front desk, our awesome front desk manager, Amanda, and almost anything else that has to do with the infrastructure of our beautiful studio, please do thank Eric next time you see him. Most of our students think he is a maintenance man (he is in a way!), yet he is an endless giver in myriad ways to keep Centered City Yoga thriving with loving kindness.

Eric is an exemplary example of a highly successful businessman living a balanced yogic lifestyle. He holds a B.S. in computer science, with an MBA in business finance and administration. He has spent over 25 years assisting the turn-around of distressed businesses in many industries.

Eric and step-son, Canyon, pausing on a trail run for reflection in Southern Utah.

In his off hours, Eric helps keep our beautiful studio going, practices yoga, runs trails, rides bikes and is the best step-father my son, Canyon, could ask for.  This highlights the truth that it is possible to have a family, run a business, and be a huge asset working an executive role with great health and inspiration due to his healthy lifestyle.

Eric and his Teacher, Manju Jois at a teacher training in Fort Pierce, Florida 2016

How did Eric find yoga? The truth is, yoga found him and restored his health after 2 separate motorcycle accidents, which left him in severe and chronic pain for 15 years. In 2000, after much searching he ended up in a yoga class in a gym. After a few weeks of attending gym yoga, he found his pain began to subside slightly. But he felt there was more than could be offered in a gym. Thus began a search for a deeper practice. Eric traveled extensively for work. He began seeking yoga studios at each city he visited for work. He was exposed to a plethora of styles and teachers.

Eric Martin, Manju Jois, and Rachel Cieslewicz at a teacher training in Fort Pierce, Florida 2017

In 2003, Eric met Manju Jois on one of his many business trips to New York. Eric was changed by Manju’s powerful and authentic teaching ability of the Ashtanga Yoga system. His residual back pain disappeared with Manju as his teacher. Eric has since dedicated himself to training under him. Manju is the pure lineage holder of Ashtanga Yoga since his father Pattabhi Jois passed away several years ago. He teaches a simple, profound practice that sets Eric and anyone whom dedicates to learning under him apart from all who teach an incomplete yoga style. Eric teaches yoga with the spirit of Manju in his heart. He stays close to his Ashtanga roots with perfect adjustments and a humble, yet empowering voice.

The opportunity to experience Eric as your teacher is an experience to seek after. Eric currently rarely teaches yoga. Yet everyone who learns from him considers him as one of the best yoga teachers in Utah. When the time comes that he makes an appearance on the schedule, just know that his classes are not to be missed. You must come!

Eric at a 5-day trail run stage race, Run Iceland, September 2015

Eric riding a favorite trail in St. George, UT

I am grateful to have Eric in my life. He is the perfect husband, fellow yogi, co-parent and overall divine match as a significant other for my life. I couldn’t do what I accomplish without his passionate vision of yoga, and the depths and fullness of the practice we can show our community through time.

I am so fortunate. Our studio is divinely blessed by his giving ways.