Steve sees yoga as a path to improved health, greater compassion for yourself and others, and increased fulfillment and contentment. To that end, his classes spring from a sense of yoga as meditation in motion, encouraging attention to breath and opening to possibility in a safe and often playful atmosphere. Each class focuses on a specific theme and includes guided meditation, breath work, asana, and extended relaxation. Steve Mark first came to yoga in college as a way to manage stress yet quickly realized its other considerable rewards. He believes that anyone, regardless of fitness level, age, or body type, can benefit, as he has, from the many gifts yoga offers.
As a college professor, Steve is particularly interested in how yoga and meditation can focus attention and spark creativity. As a former long-distance bicyclist who also enjoys hiking and walking, he has special expertise with modifications for tight hamstrings.
Steve's travel to India with members of his Connecticut sangha (community) and his subsequent extended stay and study and practice there has greatly enriched both his personal practice and his teaching. Steve is also inspired by studying with a wide range of teachers, including Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, Rod Stryker, Jason Crandell, Judith Hanson Lasater, Manorama, and Amy Weintraub and by classes and workshops at HI, Kripalu, the Omega Institute, YCYC, and elsewhere.
TRAINING AND CERTIFICATIONS:
- 200 hour teacher training (Iyengar), YogaSpirit
- 500 hour Hatha Tantra teacher training: "Teaching Deeper Practices in the Lineage of Para Yoga"
- Steve continues his studies in the tantric tradition at the Himalayan Institute in Honesdale, PA.