Classes & Teaching Approach
All of my ongoing classes are at Santa Cruz Yoga. My classes are offered for all levels of students and teachers. Each class provides a complete practice while offering different poses and themes from class-to-class. The sequence and relative difficulty of poses, the pace, use of breath, the challenges to strength, flexibility and balance vary depending upon class level. In all classes I provide extensive guidance on breath, alignment, energetic actions in poses, modifications, variations and use of props. This guidance is interwoven with lighthearted thoughts on spiritual philosophy and the process of living a more conscious life. While providing general instructions to the class as a whole, I move throughout the room to give each student individualized guidance in developing her or his personal practice.
Rather than trying to tie yourself into knots, yoga is a practice of unwinding and finding freedom in your true nature. In my Vinyasa Flow Yoga, we honor the body’s inherent dynamism by moving fluidly from pose to pose in synchronized rhythm with the breath. On a superficial level this involves what might be described as an “athletic, cardio-vascular” effort.
But in beginning to the most challenging classes, the practice is the same: “playing the edge” we explore the dynamics of effort and ease, strength and calm, control and surrender, movement and stillness. Each pose, each moment within and between the poses, becomes as if so many different windows onto your sense of being and consciousness. Consciously moving energy throughout your entire body, this practice deeply stimulates your nervous and circulatory systems, purifies your organs, strengthens your heart and lungs, calms your mind and steadies your emotions. In this awakening process, the further possibilities are quite possibly infinite.
Come explore breathing your way into feeling more fully awake, balanced and alive!
Mark's Class Schedule
All classes are at Mark Stephens Yoga, located at 1010 Fair Avenue, across from New Leaf Community Market and in the same building as Verve and Bantam.
Beginning to Intermediate
- Saturdays 8:30–10:00am
Intermediate to Advanced
- Tuesdays & Thursdays 5:30–7:00pm
- Saturdays 10:15–11:45am
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