Mark Stephens

Mark Stephens is a dedicated yoga student whose personal experience of yoga’s promise to make life better inspires him to share the practice through teaching and scholarly writing. Described by Yoga Journal as “the teacher’s teacher,” he is a Certified Yoga Therapist, member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists, and author of the international bestsellers Teaching Yoga, Yoga Sequencing, Yoga Adjustments, Yoga Therapy, and Yoga for Better Sleep, which are found in several languages. Mark is presently writing Yoga Myths, which explores folklore, fantasy, and science fiction in the histories, philosophies, and practices of yoga. From devoted personal practice, deep study of yoga history and philosophy, human anatomy and physiology, social and interpersonal dynamics, and eastern and western theories of being and consciousness, he brings a non-dogmatic, accessible, and integrated perspective to yoga therapy that makes yoga a more refined resource for healthy living. Practicing yoga daily since 1991 and teaching since 1996, Mark draws from his prior years in academia, as an education consultant, and as a progressive social change activist to create practical resources for yoga teachers and therapists. In 1997, he founded Yoga Inside Foundation, establishing therapeutic yoga programs in over 300 schools, treatment centers, and prisons across North America, for which he received Yoga Journal’s 1st Annual Karma Yoga Award. Mark lives in the Santa Cruz Mountains of California and teaches globally.

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Mark’s workshop: Integrated Practice: Asana, Pranayama, and Heart Centered Meditation on the Path to Deep Ease and Awareness

Sunday 5pm CET

We’ll begin the workshop with a 10-15 minute lecture on the interconnection of 1) the other presenters/teachers’ topics and how they inform a fully integrated practice, then 2) Mark will guide an integrated practice in which we explore mindful asana and pranayama in relation to each other, and 3) coming out of savasana he’ll guide a heart-centered meditation practice focused on cultivating abundant well-being that starts with pratyahara and expands into tantric wholeness.