Yoga teacher and author Mark Stephens is one of the world's leading trainers of yoga teachers. He is the author of Teaching Yoga: Essential Foundations and Techniques (2010), Yoga Sequencing: Foundations, Principles and Resources (2012), and the forthcoming Yoga Adjustments: Philosophies, Principles, and Techniques. Mark's eclectic style and open-minded approach to yoga draws from years of yoga practice and deep study of Ashtanga Vinyasa, Iyengar, vinyasa flow, yoga therapy, tantra and ayurveda as well as learning theory, philosophy, functional anatomy, bio-mechanics and kinesiology, offering a synthesis of traditional and contemporary insights into the practice.
Mark started exploring yoga on his own as a teenager drawn to philosophy and metaphysics in the 1970s, began a consistent daily practice in 1991, has taught yoga since 1996. In 1997, Mark founded Yoga Inside Foundation and began training yoga teachers and giving them support in bringing yoga into hundreds inner city schools, treatment centers, prisons and shelters across the U.S. and Canada; he received Yoga Journal’s 1st Annual Karma Yoga Award in 2000 for this non-profit service. He is the founder of L.A. Yoga Center (now Yoga Works Westwood) and Santa Cruz Yoga, where he presently teaches and directs the yoga teacher training program. Mark offers classes, workshops, trainings and retreats worldwide.