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Sitting cross-legged, close the eyes, bring your focus into the room, relax the shoulders, hands comfortably on the knees, sit up straight and lengthen the spine, chin to heart, full deep breath… Now breathe in the clean healthy fresh air filling up the lungs… now fully exhale the toxic air. Little did I know when I first heard these words how much they would change my life.

Eighteen months ago I stepped into Tedi’s group lesson never having done Yoga in my life and having no idea what to expect. My basic objective and hope was to improve flexibility and core strength. To that point, my entire workout routine had been spent either in the gym lifting weights or running. I had been experiencing increasing knee pain, the occasional (but frequent) muscle injury and increasing hip and lower back problems and thought it’s time to overhaul my workout by blending low/minimal impact activities.

Initially it was challenging to continue each week so far outside my comfort zone as I was spending almost the entire lesson feeling weak (read: foolish) and out of balance as I bounced up and down unsuccessfully trying to hold each expression. Although frustrating, each lesson was enjoyable and I left feeling not only increased energy but also tangible progression. As my abilities slowly improved, I started increasing the number of group sessions and added a private weekly session with Tedi to improve my form.

Yoga has evolved into an integral part of my life even doing it on my own in hotel rooms each morning while travelling for work. One unanticipated yet significant benefit from Yoga has been the increased consciousness of breathing which has improved relaxation. Working in a high pressure job, the benefits are already significant.

My core strength feels rock solid, my back and hips feel stable (and flexible) and I am confident that in 10 – 20 years I am going to maintain a high level of fitness and have low chance of any back, hip or knee ailments.

Full credit to Tedi. She has been an amazing guide; enthusiastic, inspirational, passionate, knowledgeable, completely in tune with my abilities and very respectful of my progression each session.

It’s difficult to imagine anyone else being so successful and cultivating my passion to the point where I can’t imagine life without Yoga!

 

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John Wark

I have been training at the Steve Nash Sports Club for several months using Tedi Martin as my trainer and the results have been spectacular. After working out on my own I found I was not able to force myself to get the necessary intensity to get any meaningful results. My healthcare advisors recommended that I find good gym and get a trainer. Tedi Martin was recommended by the Steve Nash sales staff because I said I wanted a trained professional with a kinesiology degree. Tedi Martin has an Honors BA in Kinesiology and is a fully qualified Yoga Instructor and as I was about to find out was very good at both. I have lost ten pounds and vastly improved my body fat percent as well as having much more energy. My first introduction to yoga was with Tedi and this has had a tremendous improvement in flexibility, core strength and sports performance. I would recommend Tedi Martin without hesitation to anyone serious about their physical fitness.

John V.R. Wark, B. COMM., C.A., CFP, CLU, CH.F.C.

Michael Kader

 Tedi has played a huge part in helping me achieve my fitness goals this summer. Training with Tedi is hard work for sure, but it is also lots of fun! She brings tons of energy and enthusiasm to every session.  She is always prepared with great new workouts that are  challenging, fresh and fun.  She obviously works hard at her craft and takes the time to create workouts that build in intensity, and that take into account the sports that I play.   She is a great motivator and has a positive way of encouraging me to push myself to my max, without being in my face.  With Tedi it is not all about how much you lift or do, its also about doing it with proper form and body positioning. She has helped me a lot with my form, taught me about injury prevention, and she has given me excellent warm up and warm down routines. Her background as a Yoga instructor has also helped me focus on, and improve  my flexibility as part of my overall fitness plan.

Tedi is an excellent trainer and I recommend her to anyone that wants to improve their fitness and have a good time doing it!