Faculty - Blake Martin

Blake Martin holds a PhD in Kinesiology and a Graduate Diploma in Neuroscience from York University, a B.F.A. and M.A. in dance, and a bachelor of education. His doctoral research was in neural mechanisms of attention when trying to perform more than one movement at a time. His current interests include understanding how the body gives rise to consciousness, as well as how thinking is offloaded to the environment and other people. Blake has danced with Kaeja Dance and Motus O Dance Theatre and is a founding board member of the Pulse Ontario Youth Dance Conference, a province wide initiative uniting secondary dance educators and students with professional dance artists. Blake is a Visiting Fellow with the Accelerated Learning and Retention Project and teaches in York Universitys Dance Science Diploma program, as well as speaking provincially, nationally and internationally on issues related to yoga and the brain, arts and the brain, creativity and the brain, anatomy, and classroom management. He is a respected teacher in Traditional Thai Massage, a long distance runner, and a martial artist for more 30 years. If it moves and thinks, he likes it.

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Learn to Practice Thai Yoga Massage

All Levels, Therapeutics, Teacher Training

Blake Martin - TH1MAR

This six-hour "appetizer" will introduce you to the ancient practice of Thai Yoga Massage, yoga's sister art. In addition to learning a basic 30-minute massage, you will learn how to gently move your partner into assisted stretches, apply pressure appropriately and integrate compassion ("Metta") into your work.


11:00 AM - 6:00 PM (6 HRS)


This is your Brain on Yoga

All Levels, Teacher Training, Anatomy

Blake Martin - SA2MAR

This is your brain. This is your brain on yoga. Hear what a neuroscientist has to say about recent clinical research on the impact of the practice of yoga and pranayama breathing on the human brain. Recent findings on stress, the immune response and memory as well as research related to yoga and select neurological disorders will also be discussed.


10:30 AM - 12:30 PM (2 HRS)


Never Not Broken: Yoga, Depression and a Neurobiology of Hope

All Levels, Teacher Training, Therapy

Blake Martin - SA4MAR

What happens if I feel sad all the time? Can yoga help? Is there any way movement can contribute to my mental health? What does science say is the link between my mind and body? Join neuroscientist Dr. Blake Martin for a lively discussion of how depression is grounded in a physical body, and what recent research says the bodily practice of yoga does to alter the structure and function of the brain. We will consider the importance of breath, posture and community as pillars of a practice that can offer acceptance and hope.


3:15 PM - 5:15 PM (2 HRS)


How Asana Changes Thought

Blake Martin - SU1MAR

Is modern postural yoga simply a form of exercise, or just a way to get the body ready for meditation? What if the real power of the yoga class is in how asana itself can change our thinking? In this active talk examining the interplay between "actioned contemplations" and "contemplated actions," we will consider the potency of posture, breath, and posture names. With lessons from the neuroscience of embodied cognition, we will learn, explore and discuss practical ways to get the most out of every moment of movement on the mat for teacher and student alike.


9:00 AM - 11:00 AM (2 HRS)


The Embodied Yogi: How Re-Creating the Body Creates the Mind

Blake Martin - SU3MAR

New research from the cutting edge of neuroscience suggests that our very thinking and sense of self emerges from perceptions of how our bodies interact with the environment. This workshop asks provocative questions about traditional Western and Eastern views of the mind and body, and proposes that the names, breathing, moves and postures of yoga literally shape the minds, thoughts and identities of its practitioners.


2:00 PM - 4:00 PM (2 HRS)