Martha Winfield

Published in Yoga & Qigong Teachers

Martha was born in the US and moved to London in 1993. She started yoga in 1994 after her mother introduced her to it following the death of her father. She was hooked after her first class and has been practicing ever since. Lynne Pinette, her first teacher, started her off with pregnancy yoga and then encouraged her to start the Ashtanga Primary Series after the birth of her second child. Martha has been practicing with Hamish Hendry since 2000 and has had a dedicated daily practice for over 15 years.

Martha recently started working with the charity, Ourmala, teaching Ashtanga-based yoga to refugees and asylum seekers of all ages. Working with this group of students has demonstrated to Martha that this practice can be shared with everyone and she works to tailor the practice to each individual within their capabilities. She emphasises the unity of the breath with movement to encourage a feeling of calm whilst enhancing one’s sense of grounding, strength and discipline.

“Martha’s friendly  warm and generous personality makes you feel immediately welcome. She gives clear instruction to help the class flow, helping each person tune into their own  ability by gently adjusting them in the poses. You always leave keen to learn more.”

Martha believes her practice is her best teacher but she has also completed a RYT 200+ Ashtanga teacher training, Yin Yoga teaching intensive with Norman Blair and Yoga for PTSD training with Heather Mason of the Minded Institute.