After decades of martial arts, wrestling and fencing, I decided to take up yoga in ’95 after watching a demonstration by the late Derek Ireland. He and his then partner, Rhada, became my first teachers.
Back in 2003, I came across yoga via a Body Balance course I took at my local college. There weren't many classes in the area at that time (that I knew of anyway!) so I bought a yoga DVD and would kick my Dad out of the living room a few times a week so I could practice.
Fast forward to 2012 and I undertook my YTT with FYP. It was a fantastic experience and I would be pleased to share more if you'd like to know.
I'm now extremely proud to be Studio Manager at FYP and I run a strong Move On Up class every Monday evening. I'm also the resident massage therapist here so I really feel like I'm part of the family.
I stepped into my first yoga class in my twenties at a gym near work in London. I initially went once a week and soon attended multiple times a week. I loved the mixture of feelings I experienced after class (energy, strength, mobility, calm as well as a sense of finding more space in my body and my mind).
After contemplating teaching yoga for many years, I finally bit the bullet, embarked on my teacher training at FYP and have not looked back since.
I love mixing my own practice alternating between dynamic, mellow and more tailored yoga sessions to achieve a specific goal, as they each in their own way allow me to stay grounded, calm, healthy, strong and focused.
9.30am - Move On Up with Mark
1.00pm - Mellow Yellow with Rachel
6.30pm - FYP Handstands with MarkView Full Timetable