~ 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.

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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Sides: Do You Demo On Both? | Yogacara Teacher Training

Both Sides Now: Contemplating Teaching Habits | “I’ve looked at life from both sides now,”. The famous lyrics of Joni Mitchell echo in my head as I reflect on my demoing habits...
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Plane Yoga Practices For Happy Flying | Yogacara Teacher Training

Plane Yoga: Caring For Your Body Mid-Flight | In the last year, I have found myself exploring new ways to practice plane yoga. Even on shorter flights I yearn for ways to move my...
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Tight Hamstrings In A Yoga Teacher | Yogacara Teacher Training

Tight Hamstrings --- It's Okay! I remember the weeks leading up to taking my first 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training; my mind was consumed with my tight hamstrings. I went overboard...
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Harry Potter and the Magic of Yoga | Yogacara Teacher Training

Harry Potter, Magic & Yoga As an avid reader, I was moderately obsessed with Harry Potter. It was more than the fact that the books made for entertaining reading, since...
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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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