In 2017, Martin moved back to the U.S. and settled down with his wife Amy in Long Beach where he teaches general public classes and Shadow Yoga courses. He is devoted to the classical teachings of Hatha Yoga, placing emphasis on clarity in intent and action to utilize this ancient tradition as a powerful tool for transformation and self-realization.
Born in Germany, Martin began his Yoga practice in 1993 when he moved to the U.S. His initial focus in Yoga was to cure his back pain stemming from scoliosis. To learn more about how to use Yoga for healing, he completed a 500 hr teacher training at the Iyengar IYISF in San Francisco where he apprenticed with Manouso Manos. After a few years of practicing Iyengar and Ashtanga Yoga, he met Shandor Remete, the founder of Shadow Yoga. Shandors knowledge and sincerity have been a guiding light for Martin for more than 20 years and he continues to study with Shandor annually. In 2003, he opened Inner Heat Yoga, a Shadow Yoga school in Berkeley, CA. After 6 years, Martin closed the school and moved to Europe for personal reasons.