Donna has more than 50 years of experience as a yoga and meditation teacher and was a founding member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists. She is also a senior Hakomi trainer, mentor, and consultant. She worked closely with Ron Kurtz (the creator of the Hakomi Method) for more than twenty years. She was named in his will as one of seven "legacy holders" of his work and is a senior person in the international training association he created before his death in 2011, the Hakomi Education Network.
For the past half-century, Donna has led yoga retreats and Hakomi trainings throughout Canada and the United States, Hawaii, Japan, Europe, Indonesia, Israel, South America, and Mexico.
The development of her original “psoma yoga therapy" integrates yoga and Hakomi. Like Hakomi, this is a method for mindfulness-based assisted self-discovery. Donna uses “embodied mindfulness” to support clients and students on a journey of self-discovery and self-awareness. The approach is gentle, respectful, and collaborative, while being powerfully transformative.
Donna is the author of Psoma Yoga Therapy. Her book Embodied Mindfulness: the Hakomi Way was published in Spanish (Mindfulness en el Cuerpo). Donna is the co-author of the Practice of Loving Presence with Ron Kurtz, as well as Seeing Your Life Through New Eyes (out of print), with Paul Brenner M.D., and Simply Being, with Marlena Field. Her trilogy called Remembering Wholeness is available on www.reflectivepresence.com.
Donna was a long-time presenter at Hui Hoolana in Hawaii and recently taught her final retreat there with Flint Sparks. She has taught for more than 30 years at Hollyhock Retreat Center on Cortes Island BC, where she will offer a five day psoma retreat in late August 2022.
Donna is mostly retired but sometimes available for private online consultations.
“Donna Martin is a rare healer. From an ordinary perspective she is both an accomplished yoga teacher and a senior Hakomi trainer, and she writes about the synthesis of these two body-centered approaches in Psoma Yoga. But these conventional designations do not capture the essence of Donna’s real gift. She has the uncommon capacity to assist people in reclaiming something essential and precious — their full humanity. Many practitioners use mindfulness and body awareness to support people in waking up to their engrained habits which have become the source of unnecessary suffering. Donna is certainly skillful in the use of these approaches, but she makes an elegant turn that is truly remarkable. She does not just work with the body, she is able to gently work from the inside out, from the source of deep embodiment, to call forward a person’s wholeness, their full aliveness, and this is the essential gift and grace she offers us in Psoma Yoga”
Donna's Psoma Yoga Therapy book… coming soon…
“A good doctor can cure your disease. Only a great doctor can show you that you were never sick. Donna Martin’s masterful book, Psoma Yoga Therapy, does both. Her work captures the essence of both Yoga and Hakomi - recognition and healing - where the emphasis isn’t on “imposing,” but rather on “welcoming” and “being with,” whereby recognition and change unfold naturally, without need of forcing or coercion. Psoma Yoga Therapy points the way for how we can embrace and embody both our innate ability to change what needs to change and recognize our inherent and indestructible health and well-being. Drawing from decades of intimate work with clients and students, Martin clearly describes the art of tuning into the body’s wisdom as a guide to navigate healing and to discover our deepest nature. Filled with keen insight Psoma Yoga Therapy is a treasure and pleasure to read – a seminal work and must read!”