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Mark Atherton Shares ~ I always loved to move my body, I was obsessed with gymnastics as a child and was intrigued by the shapes I was able to find with practice and discipline. As a young adult I continued to explore the capability of my body but my focus moved to music, and I fell in love, this time with opera. I studied singing, obtained a degree in opera performance from The University of British Columbia, and worked diligently toward a career in music. As I moved towards crafting a life as a performer, teaching singing came to me naturally and guiding others to explore their voices became my focus. I felt something missing however, a void that music alone wasn’t filling.

mark athertonAfter a little searching I found myself in a yoga class. I couldn’t believe how incredible it felt to reconnect with my body in ways similar as to when I was a child. It took about a year of regular classes before I knew I wanted to dive in deeper into understanding yoga and embarked upon my first teacher training. It was during this training that I felt a massive shift. Yoga philosophy, Buddhism and the ideas contained within these teachings gave me a whole new set of tools with which to understand myself and those around me. Meditation, philosophy study and a consistent asana practice changed everything, including my path through life. I began to focus on teaching yoga full time. I found ways to integrate my love of music and singing into my yoga classes. Through yoga all the varied and diverse aspects of myself were coming together and finding their home.

I feel so empowered by the teachings that have been shared with me, the big and subtle shifts that have occurred through creating a kinder relationship with my body and mind, that having the opportunity to share this with others through Teacher Trainings is a joy. I am so blessed to be part of the Yogacara team, surrounded by other like-minded humans who are passionate about sharing the transformational power of yoga.

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Right View: Navigating Perceptions | Yogacara Teacher Training

Right View and Understanding What We See Right View is the first of eight practices on the Buddha’s Noble Eight-Fold Path for navigating the world and for developing joy and...
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Devil in the Mind, Devil on the Mat | Yogacara Teacher Training

Devil: Obstacles to Practice In the stories and discourses of the Buddha’s life there is a devil character who shows up every so often to test and taunt him, his name is Mara. I...
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Opera and the Teachings of Yoga | Yogacara Teacher Training

Opera: The Yogic Teachings Found in the Study of Music I will freely admit that I never intended to sing opera, in fact I had no real interest in classical music. But in a manner...
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Raja Yoga and Its Buddhist Roots | Yogacara Teacher Training

Raja Yoga: Ways to Support Your Practice Have you noticed the new Raja Yoga class at your local studio? Probably not! Most likely (and of course there's always a chance) it's not...
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Mark was so enthusiastic about the whole Yoga teacher training, not just his areas that he was teaching in but across the board, which made him quite inspiring.  

Rachel Hollewell, Costa Rica Yoga Teacher Training

Mark was such a passionate and engaging teacher. I loved the way he presented the subject matter then facilitated exploration and discussion. That was profoundly impactful.  

Mackenzie Sweeney, Costa Rica Yoga Teacher Training

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