Martha Marcom, E-RYT 500, has been practicing yoga since 1975. She is one of the cofounders/owners of Yoga on High and leads the Ashtanga program, developing curriculum, training teachers and maintaining standards of excellence in the classroom. Along with her three business partners, she co-directs the Yoga Alliance registered 200- and the 500-hour Teacher Training Programs. She designed an innovative and effective method of introducing Ashtanga safely to many different body types of varying levels of fitness, and believes passionately that this challenging practice is useful and accessible to anyone with the willingness to commit to it long-term.
When Martha discovered Ashtanga Yoga in 1995, it became her main practice. She traveled to India in 2000 to study with Sri Pattabhi Jois. Martha was blessed by Guruji to teach the primary series. Guruji initiated her into the second series in Mysore, which she then studied with him over the years when he visited the U.S. Martha loves the practice of Ashtanga because it is a touchstone—it stands ever ready as a template for physical therapy and self-knowledge.
In 2009, a few days before turning 60, Martha was struck by a car while biking to teach a class at Yoga on High. The injury required two surgeries—eight hours worth—and three months in a wheelchair. The experience was an opportunity to apply the lessons of yoga to the real world and to the work of healing. Now she’s grateful for the ordinary miracle of being able to walk. That she can dance again is a blessing she celebrates whenever possible! As for getting back on the yoga mat, she says, “The sequence was still there deeply in my body and bit by bit, day by day, for the past three years, the practice has returned, more completely than I could have hoped for.”
Martha became a Reiki Master in 2000, and the Reiki she received after her injury was a tremendous part of her recovery.
The Ashtanga practice is sacred healing for Martha and that is what she transmits in her classes with the enthusiasm, joy and smile that she is renowned for.