Mark sees the yoga practice as an ever-evolving adaptive process through which we can learn to exist as the great beings we are each meant to be.
His methodology places emphasis on supporting and enhancing the flow of the vital life force, prāṇa. Prāṇa is the highly intelligent and deeply nurturing subtle body energy that supports the entire structure of our body, from the cells that form our physical presence, to the consciousness that resides in and as that presence.
Mark`s way of teaching Haṭha Yoga Vinyāsa integrates his two decades of study and practice and 17 years of teaching into a cohesive system of yogāsana [physical postures], prāṇāyāma [vital life breath energy expansion and invigoration], mudrā [gestures to direct and enhance the flow of prāṇa], bandha [physio-energetic "locks" through which to stabilize the body-mind energy], mantra [recitation of sacred sequences of vibration], and meditation practices.
Mark believes his role as a teacher is to help each student access the natural wisdom that is an intrinsic part of each being, the "wisdom body". The wisdom body
forms the foundation of the entire body-mind consciousness. At the same time, it intimately connects us at our deepest root to the entire matrix of life. This wisdom body is the source of our
untapped potential to manifest our creative power. It is the intuitive part of us that knows the most appropriate way to perform the most appropriate action that will generate the most
skillful and beneficial effect in any given moment.
His classes are a full body-mind consciousness exploration. Mark`s guidance encourages each individual to maximize their moment to moment physical and mental capacity without agitating the mind or causing the emotional body to contract. His sequences encourage mental focus, and deep strengthening and settling of the core of the body. Precision anatomical alignment, breath energetics, and philosophical inquiry are woven into a playfully serious exploration of the moment to moment experiences of the physical, intellectual, and emotional bodies. Through these experiences, we can begin to notice and transform patterns that limit our creative potential. As we become more capable of receiving and skillfully responding to our experiences, both on and off the mat, we can begin to build a matrix of consciousness within which we are able to move into profound relationship with our deepest extraordinary self.
In Mark`s classes students are encouraged to fully explore their current physical, intellectual, and emotional state, and then adapt to what is truly being experienced in a way that will best support, nourish, and evolve the body-mind consciousness in that moment. This “presence of being” creates a true moment to moment conscious relationship through which we can bit by bit begin to free up the parts of us that have gotten stuck in repetitive patterns of unconscious action. When we do this, we enter into a dynamically settled state of honestly and openly receiving and responding to what is truly happening within and around us.
Come to a class, workshop, or training, and let Mark guide you in unlocking your creative potential in new and extraordinary ways!