My name is Marita Dortins. I’m a foodie, yogi (both teacher and student), aspiring acrobat, writer and gypsy.
I grew up in Sydney Australia, but my wanderlust has led me to live in Melbourne and Byron Bay, as well as Cambodia and India. Right now I’m in Egypt.
As a gymnast from a young age, I realised early on that I’m happiest upside-down, and when I found yoga, it was love at first Downward Dog. Nearly 20 years after that first class I still find joy within each practice.
I began teaching Iyengar-influenced yoga in 2002 after apprenticing with my first teacher. A few years later I discovered vinyasa yoga, and relished the freedom of flowing through movement and connecting with breath. My yoga practice became a moving meditation. Most of my teaching can now be described as alignment-based vinyasa, though I also teach Yin, Restorative and Acro yoga.
I have studied both in Australia and overseas, and am accredited as an E-RYT500 with Yoga Alliance, currently the highest level of accreditation. I’ve been privileged enough to spend the last few years facilitating yoga teacher trainings at Byron Yoga Centre, in Byron Bay Australia.
“Marita is my favourite yoga teacher ever. There is something about her style, warmth and tone of voice that creates a sense of safety and ease.”
– Jacqui W.
I’m not a trained chef or a nutritionist or a dietician. I’m just a girl who likes food, a lot. I feel happiest when I live sustainably and ethically, and part of that is being vegan.
I believe everyone would benefit from eating more plants, and I know that I’m at my healthiest when the bulk of my diet comes straight from Mother Earth, with as little processing as possible.
That doesn’t mean boring food – anything but. I like my food exploding with flavour, texture and colour. Eating should be a joyful experience, satisfying more than just our physical bodies.