Martina Carosi

Rome, Italy. Grew up in Lucca, Toscany

When did you move to OZ ?
2005, after graduating in Natural Science at University of Pisa

What’s your signature dish?
Ahhhhh… Lasagne of course!!! Specialising in a dairy free version (not successful so far).

Tea or Coffee?
Sticky Chai on almond milk (but missing coffee every day)

Favourite café? Ruby Lane, Manly

Cat or Dog? DOG DOG DOG DOG!! All of them!!

Star Sign? Sagittarius

What quote do you live by?
“Be the change you want to see in the world” Mahatma Gandhi

What Yoga style do you practice?
Every style I can, everywhere, all the time, but mostly Vinyasa and Yin.

How did you start yoga?
On my lunchbreak, to escape the pressure of a corporate full time job in a large engineering firm.

Can you sum up what Yoga gives to you in a few words?
Yoga makes me really happy!! It puts a smile on my face. It always gives me a sense of connection and belonging. It reminds me that I (like everyone) am this divine being of light, wandering the earth in a human body, looking at everything with compassion, love and curiosity. And that I have absolutely everything I need to be the best version of myself.

When and where did you do your first Teacher Training?
Power Living, Manly, Byron and Bali

Favourite pose?
Parvritta Anjaneyasana, Virasana, Upavishta Konasana

Least favourite pose?
Fire Toes… (Vajrasana with tucked toes)

If you could study with any teacher?
Adam Whiting

Best in-class blooper?  Too many to be reported.

Lululemon or Dharmabums?
We-Are (ethically made in New Zealand, only natural sustainable fabrics, no microplastic fibres in your wash!!)

Where would be your ultimate Yoga retreat destination? India

What do you love most about your job? That I don’t have to work a single day! It’s always leisure. And the amazing souls I get to hang out with.

What have you given up to teach yoga? A career in Environmental Engineer (and the wage that came with it), lots of boring days behind a desk, an aging and aching body and possibly a mid life crisis. So yeah… THANKS YOGA

What have you gained by teaching yoga? Oh well, where do I start?? Happiness. Self love, Forgiveness. Compassion. Yoga makes me a better mother, partner, friend, daughter, human being.

What was the best thing about COVID lock-down? Definitely time to enjoy my family, entire mornings in bed with my children, a better awareness of what we actually need. And a refurbished master bedroom!

If you could talk to your pre-yoga self, what would you tell her?
You are worthy, lovable ad deserve to be happy.

What hobbies/activities do you have outside yoga?
I crochet horrible jumpers, beanies and scarves which my family members surprisingly wear in public.
I am the lucky custodian of two beautiful, happy and conscious tiny humans. I help women remember the wisdom, power and divinity of their cyclical nature.
I discover new bushwalks with my 18 month old Beagle called Stella.
I swim in the ocean every time I get the chance, regardless of weather conditions and water temperature.

How long have you taught at Qi? Almost 3 months

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