Renowned with extensive and diverse training in yoga, anatomy and physiology, Martia Bennett Rachman, E-RYT 500, is a licensed massage and bodywork therapist, as well as a certified Ayurveda practitioner.
Martia discovered yoga as a teen and used the practice to cope with her father’s passing and her mother’s debilitating health struggles. After fracturing her spine in two places in a car accident in 1999, she discovered not only the spiritual aspects of yoga, but also the therapeutic value. She utilized meditation and pranayama to slow down and shift her focus inward, and she used asana in lieu of surgical intervention to heal her back.
Martia has become known as a Teachers’ Teacher. She offers students of yoga, teachers and therapist an informative way to reach their practice and teaching that make sense to their body and spirit. Her yoga classes are signature alignment-based flow that are spiritually deep and intimate and combine both alignment while one flows; honoring the dancer inside of us all. She believes this body is a vehicle. If not taken care of, it is for a limited time only. If aligned, this body will move with us as we age and mature with ease.
She became a massage therapist and soon was combining asanas with therapeutic touch as a way to help clients heal their conditions and injuries.
Martia and her husband, Dr. Brad Rachman, a holistic physician with more than 25 years of experience teaching yoga and meditation, opened Black Mountain Yoga, in the mountains of western North Carolina. The studio, which offers a therapeutic yoga teacher training program, is a center for yoga, meditation and spiritual practices. In addition to group classes for all levels, both the Rachmans offer one-on-one yoga therapy that combines asana with gentle, hands-on muscle and structural therapy to assist those dealing with challenging health conditions and injuries. The Rachmans’ unique, individualized sessions have been featured in The New York Times.
Martia is the founder of the YogaTouchMethod℠, a system of yoga therapy that the Foundations of Alignment, Powerful Verbal Cues, and transformative power of touch. These combined empower the yogi to feel graceful, powerful, and in touch with The Divine among much other personal awareness and observations. Martia has observed it is from that place that students continue to joyously return to the mat.
Today, Martia directs the Yoga Therapy and Teaching Program at Black Mountain Yoga and travels across the country leading YogaTouchMethod℠ alignment-based workshops for yoga students and adjustment courses for teachers. She currently teaches at Kripalu, within yoga teacher training programs and as a 300 and 500 YA weekend by invitation teacher.
Her first book, Yoga’s Touch, Hands-On Adjustments, Alignment & Verbal Cues, was released by Sacred Nectar Publishing in 2014. The book is already being lauded for its stunning visuals and depth of information across the globe.
A Note from Martia: Why The YogaTouch Method℠ Matters
Yoga invokes, stokes and sustains the flow of energy to support the highest quality of life, health and consciousness. As a yoga teacher, you provide a priceless gift as you share how the body works and how to live as one’s highest Self on and off the mat.
You are the instructor and trusted guide of breath and body, awakening and spiritual evolution. Learning and applying The YogaTouchMethod℠ employed in Yoga’s Touch will help you better express your integrity, sincerity and dedication. Consider The YogaTouchMethod℠ a form of seva; it helps you help others to help themselves.
In Love & Yoga,