Meet Martina

Ayurvedic Practitioner and Spiritual Counselor

I finally feel at home in my life, but it always hasn't been that way. For much of my life I felt lost. Moving around from school to school and state to state in childhood I had the experience of having few friends and eating lunch by myself daily for years. I remember thinking that the only thing I wanted to be when I grew up was "happy." College was much easier socially, but the lost feeling of not knowing what I wanted to do for a job persisted. I followed my interests in the natural world and studied Biology. Somehow in my early 20's I felt "at home" wandering all over the world cooking on a ship living in Bermuda and in a taverna on the Greek Island of Crete. I remember the ease I felt of letting go and seeing where each adventure would lead me to. But I felt a missing piece of my life that times, which was love. I thought I found it many times, but I had my heart broken over and over.

A big shift happened in my early 30's when I started meditating. Within 1 week of the 10 day Vipassana retreat I met my husband, and one year later I moved into a house with him where I still am living almost 15 years later. We got married and had a son. I thought my search was over; I had found true love, a home, and a family. But after my son was born I started experiencing health problems. The list is long: insomnia, eczema, anxiety, anger, pneumonia, bladder prolapse, bloating, food sensitivities, diarrhea, and bloating. I really wanted to heal myself. I tried every diet out there from paleo to raw food vegan. I read book after book searching for the answer. I had known about Ayurveda from yoga teacher training, and I was interested in it. When I returned from the yoga ashram for a 2 week breath work course my skin went haywire. It broke into a severe case of posion oak. I spent the last 3 days of the retreat laying in bed because anything else was too uncomfortbale. I knew I was undergoing somesort of transformation. Then someone told me that Ayurveda would help me!

I then made a commitment to dive into Ayurevda for my own health. Within a few months my health problems started to disappear. My eczema was gone after almost 5 years of itchy skin! Shortly after I decided to study Ayurevda to help others. Then I learned Heart Based Meditation and other practices to support my spiritual growth. Life started to change drastically. It became easier and effortless. I began to feel at home in myself in a deeper way. I started to be truly happy! I finally feel a deep satisfaction in life each day as I take pleasure in small things from the smell of the air in the forest to a leaf floating in the air or my son’s face as he focuses on a project. I’ve been able to feel a tremendous connection with other people I encounter everywhere. I truly feel lucky to be alive. I’ve discovered the light and radiance in my heart space has been the source of healing for myself and everyone around me. It truly is a wonder to connect with that space on my own or with a group of people. The power in the practice really has the energy to uplift the world and heal others. And students in my meditation class have started to realize this, so that has provided the incentive to start this project of creating a community so that they can further experience the benefits of this amazing practice. The saga continues for life and Ayurveda are a journey of discovery and learning! I have so much to share with you!

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Be You Now!

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Education/Training

  • 1997- Bachelor of Science in Biology, Lewis & Clark College

  • 2006- Masters in Arts of Teaching, University of Maine, Orono

  • 2009 -Yoga Teacher Training with Sivananda , Val Morin, Quebec 200 hours

  • 2010- Master Gardener Volunteer Training, Hancock County, Maine

  • 2010- Child Light Yoga Teacher Training

  • 2015- 500 hour Advanced Yoga Teacher Training with Wild Open Heart Yoga, Blue Hill, Maine

  • 2018 - Gentle Yoga Teacher Training, Sivananda, Grass Valley, CA

  • 2019-2020 Ayurveda Practitioner Training Course, New World Ayurveda

  • 2019-2020 Spiritual Mentoring Training, New World Ayurveda

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Email: martinahaines@gmail.com

phone: 207-610-3223