~ peace... It means to be in the midst of those things & be calm in your heart ~
Mark Atherton Shares
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.
After 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.