45 Years Yoga Experience

Martin has unrivalled experience with over four decades of practicing and studying asana, pranayama, meditation and yoga philosophy. He began practicing various systems of Hatha yoga, then became established in Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga 25 years ago. This lead to training with Brian Cooper and lengthy periods in Mysore under Shree K Patabi Jois.

Martin trained with the worlds leading teachers including Brian Cooper and Patabi Jois. Martin is a Union Yoga Certified Ashtanga Yoga Teacher and has completed various teacher training courses, along with periods in Mysore and workshops with leading teachers over many decades.

This led to Martin developing his own distinctive style that encompasses the various systems. This unique method has a proven track record with nearly 20 years of running teacher courses in the UK and Europe.


Martin and Fran established Yoga Dharma 20 years ago with the vision of creating a centre for a community of seekers. Martin and Fran see Yoga Dharma as having its own personality, which has helped create that vision.

Martin and Fran have been shaped by their experiences and their influences, which mainly includes Brian Cooper and Patabi Jois. Both these teachers have had an enormous impact on how we practice and how we teach.

Along with a strong background in asana Martin and Frans studies include the philosophy and history of yoga. To this end Yoga Dharma has a Sutric Tantric philosophy.