The Sacred Thread of Yoga

Mark Stephens



The author of Teaching Yoga: Essential Foundations & Techniques (Berkeley: North Atlantic Books, 2010), Mark Stephens is fascinated by the interplay and contrasts between the received wisdom of ancient yoga teachings and the insights of contemporary sciences of the body, mind and spirit. As a teacher, he is devoted to yoga as a sustainable practice of self-discovery, awareness and radiant wellbeing.Practicing yoga since 1991 and teaching since 1996, Mark has sought out complementary contrasts along his path as student and teacher, studying deeply in Ashtanga Vinyasa, Iyengar, Tantra, Vinyasa Flow, traditional yoga philosophy and modern philosophies of being and consciousness, and teaching in both traditional studios (Yoga Works, Malibu Yoga, Santa Cruz Yoga) and alternative settings (prisons, treatment centers, inner city schools, mental hospitals). He received Yoga Journal’s 1st Annual Karma Yoga Award in 2000 for directing Yoga Inside Foundation.Mark's asana teaching blends the flow of Ashtanga Vinyasa, alignment principles of Iyengar, vinyasa krama of Desikachar, and the insights of Tantra as a tool for conscious evolution in the practice. With pranayama, Mark applies the essence of asana (sthira, sukham, asanam - steadiness, ease, presence of mind) to make breath/energy work safely accessible to all students. He follows his meditation teachers - Krishnamurti, Alan Watts and Sally Kempton - in demystifying meditation by guiding it as a natural process of clear awareness.


Open Weekend Classes (Fri Oct 15 to Sun Oct 17)

Type     Duration Title
B: Breath   Open  Hatha Yoga - Vinyasa   1.5 hour(s)  Teaching Pranayamas: Ujjayi, Kapalabhati, Nadi Shodhana Friday  10:30 am  to  12:00 pm
A: Asana   Open  Hatha Yoga - Vinyasa   3.0 hour(s)  Teaching Surya Namaskara Friday  05:00 pm  to  08:00 pm





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