Martine Hamers

San Francisco, CA
United States
Average: 5.0 of 5 stars

6 Reviews

I am a dedicated Vinyasa yoga practitioner. I have been doing yoga on a regular basis since 2008. I started practising after I burned myself out several times. This happened at such a young age that I realised I had to make some drastic changes in my life. This realisation brought me to do yoga so I could learn how to find calmness in myself and understand the boundaries of my body. I explored various yoga styles and teachers until I settled with a more powerful style that helps me deal with my busy daily life. I love the energy my body creates, and the stillness in my mind, while posing in a powerful asana.

In the past years I have made several trips to India to learn about the yoga lifestyle & I’ve been practicing yoga in studios in Amsterdam, Sao Paulo and San Francisco. I am also an active Vipassana meditator, I have undertaken several 10 day silence retreats. My aim is to do one course per year to deepen my meditation experience, self knowledge and compassion for others. In 2014 I finished a Vinyasa yoga teacher training with David Lurey and Mirjam Wagner, I have a deep understanding of anatomy via a yoga anatomy and breathing course by the breathing guru Leslie Kaminoff. To deepen my practice and that of my students I am practicing yoga therapy under the guidance of Kate Holcombe and I have been trained in BoxingYoga by Kajza Ekberg and Matt Garcia.

In the past I have taught private and group classes in São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Amsterdam. As of 2015 I am living and teaching (groups and privates) in San Francisco, following my dream to become a better yoga teacher and practitioner.

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Average: 5.0 of 5 stars

6 Reviews

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Average: 5.0 of 5 stars
Martine Hamers outdoor classes in Sao Paulo

Martine Hamers loves outdoors and nature, otherwise we wouldn't have our classes in the most iconic public park in the heart of the "concrete jungle" (aka Sao Paulo). Her classes were a refreshing opportunity to meditate on one's body by using breath and mindfulness meditation at the beginning of the classes. I loved the unexpectedness of her routine, as she would vary between gentle stretches and powerful poses.

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She always payed attention to the students but also she knew when to let us fail and try again to learn by ourselves. I really appreciated that ,as she wasn't too concerned with the symmetry of the pose but rather with letting us have our own experience. I really recommend classes with her if you are looking for meditation, ashtanga and some power yoga!

Average: 5.0 of 5 stars
Fantastic yoga experience!

I followed private and group lessons with Martine for about 8 months. I never had done yoga before but really loved it from my first class I had with Martine. She explains very well why different movements are good for your body/mind and pays a lot of attention on how you practise your poses. She begins and ends her classes with meditation to calm down, focus and get more to your inner self. I also really liked the fact that she (or yourself) sets a different intention for every class. When I left São Paulo she helped me to keep practising yoga on myself so I'm verry happy that I can continue what I've learned from her... Fantastic teacher!

Average: 5.0 of 5 stars
Great Teacher!

My boyfriend and I were total beginners and started yoga with Martine at the beginning of this year. I honestly couldn't have found a more wonderful Yoga teacher - she's perfect for all levels. She's patient, passionate and always wants to deliver the best for you. She customized all of our classes so it met our needs with long distance running and weight training. We both feel like different people now and neither one of us has anymore problems with our knees or back! Thank you Martine! Keep doing what you do because you are really great at it :-)

Average: 5.0 of 5 stars
Positive feedback about Yoga Class with Martine

I Met her at the end of 2013 and I was doing around weekly class with her. I really enjoyed her way and approach of yoga practice. She is a very disciplined person with schedules (never showed up late) and classroom organization, paying close attention to student behavior to ensure they are doing the practice properly and focused. All occurs in a very warm and welcoming ambiance, in a seamless and natural pace, respecting the body and the internal momentum of each person.

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A differential that was enjoyed before starting to talk about a subject or quality or a "wisdom statement" and then propose to work on that during the exercise. I've learn a lot about "respect my body understand that it can react different" and accept and listen myself. That makes me safe to not injury myself and also helped me to "learn more about myself and be awaked and focus on the present". I definitely recommended trial it out her class.

Average: 5.0 of 5 stars
Amazing

Martine was heaven sent. Not only did she bring a sense of calm to my life, but she introduced me to yoga related benefits that I never knew existed. She goes above and beyond when it comes to her students. She knows how to focus the practice in areas where you need special attention. For me, it was my stress and stomach issues, and I found that her customized yoga classes really helped me. She is also very attentive to proper form. She has studied extensively, and knows what is correct vs. incorrect. I would highly recommend her to anyone seeking a private instructor. I am very sad to see her leaving Sao Paulo, because I know it will be very hard to find another Martine.

Average: 5.0 of 5 stars
An excellent teacher

It was a great pleasure to have Martine as my yoga teacher. I recommend her to those who do not just want to learn the yoga poses, but want to go deeper in the practice.