Mark Atherton

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Mark Atherton

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 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 large 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 trainings is a joy. I am so blessed to be part of this team, surrounded by other like-minded humans who are passionate about sharing the transformational power of Yoga.