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Mark Stevens

Mark started practising Yoga at art school in 1986 after a career in motorcycle road racing which left him with a body badly in need of rehabilitation! 

  

After leaving art school he worked as an artist for many years whilst sustaining a regular yoga practice and studying in the Sivananda and Iyengar traditions. Gradually the medium shifted from painting to yoga. Mark has an MA in Fine Art.

In 2003 he undertook Sivananda teacher training in Kerala, southern India and met his teacher Swami Govindananda; it was a life-changing experience and on his return he converted part of his home into a Yoga studio and has been teaching there ever since.

Mark qualified in Yogic Meditation with Swami Saradananda in London in 2006.

Back to India for advanced teacher training with Swami Govindananda in the Himalayan Ashram on the banks of the Ganges in 2007.

By this time Mark had also discovered Jivamukti Yoga, and new inspiration in the form of modern day Yoga masters David Life and Sharon Gannon. He undertook teacher training with them in New York in 2009 discovering a new Yoga family.

Mark is also inspired by the teachings of Tirumali Krishnamacharya and undertook a short Vinyasa Krama Teacher Training and workshops with his long term student Srivatsa Ramaswami in 2014.

 

The teaching and books or Gregor Maehle also inform Marks practice and teaching, especially the systems of Pranayama and Yogic Kundalini Meditation that he has codified for us from the traditional scriptures.

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Mark offers love, gratitude and all his efforts to the teachers and students who have guided him on the path of yoga;
Swami Sivananda. Swami Vishnu Devananada. David Life. Sharon Gannon. Yogeshwari. Swami Govindananda. Ruth Lauer-Manenti. Prahlada. Swami Kailasananda. Swami Tattvarupananda. Swami Saradananda. Srivatsa Ramaswami and Gregor Maehle.