Training History

  • 1996 - 1999: Daily practice of videotapes of Rodney Yee, Patricia Walden, and Bryan Kest.
  • 1999 - 2002: Live classes with various teachers in and around Philadelphia. Mainly practiced and studied Iyengar and Ashtanga-influenced vinyāsa.
  • 2002 - 2004: Twice-weekly classes with Jamie Lindsay. Jamie`s teaching at the time brought together his extensive training in both the Iyengar and Ashtanga Vinyāsa systems. His teaching was also infused with his understanding of breath-centered Kuṇḍalinī practices and, in the later part of Mark`s time with him, his immersion in the Universal Yoga of Andrey Lappa. It is from Jamie that Mark received his foundational understanding of prāṇāyāma, as well as the experience of the Crossed Mat practice that he began to teach in 2013.
  • 2003 - 2005: Twice weekly classes and numerous workshops with Betty Roi. Betty`s teaching at the time was a creative merging of her two decades of practice and study of both the Iyengar and Ashtanga Vinyāsa systems with many of the foremost teachers in both of those styles. Her classes were a combination of creative dance-like flow and intelligent therapeutic application of alignment. Mark learned much about creative sequencing, alignment and therapeutics from her, as well as many valuable life lessons. 
  • 2004: Anusara Immersion with Katchie Ananda. It was Katchie who encouraged Mark to begin a regular meditation practice at a time when Mark had no interest in doing so. In addition, Katchie`s passionate commitment to her community and many social and environmental issues gave Mark a new perspective on how to practice yoga off the mat.
  • 2005: Anusara Teacher Training with Katchie Ananda (see 2004 above) and Indie Mari. In Indie Mari`s classes, Mark learned how to access a deeper awareness of his physical core and refine his physical strength and balance.
  • 2006 - 2008: Mark studied extensively with John Friend, accruing over 500 hours with him in workshops, master immersions, teacher and therapy trainings, and advanced intensives. Mark also assisted John in America and Japan several times. From John, Mark learned the importance of continual refinement of one`s practice and teaching, and to always investigate the body and philosophical concepts from a multitude of vantage points. 
  • 2006 - 2008: Also during this time, Mark had the privilege to take weekly classes with Sianna Sherman. Sianna`s poetry of language and yogāsana presentation inspired Mark to dig deeper into his own creative expression to unearth the language and poetry of his own authentic heart.
  • 2007 - present: Continual ongoing study with Paul Muller-Ortega in meditation and Indian philosophy, with a focus on the non-dual Shaiva Tantra tradition. Paul`s profound depth of experiential knowledge and understanding of the practice of meditation and the teachings of the non-dual Shaiva Tantra tradition have been invaluable to Mark. These teachings and practices have enabled Mark to grow in his capacity to face his life challenges with a higher degree of equanimity from a greater depth of perspective.