I HAVE BEEN practicing, studying, researching, and teaching Yoga now for over 45 years. In that time, I have worked with thousands of people from many walks of life and social classes - teachers,...
In collaboration with Yoga Alliance Professionals
“THE SUPER-A MAGAZINE has been producing quality online publications for a little over a year, collaborating with many health and fitness experts, practitioners, coaches, healers, and teachers. It has a wealth of informative, thought-provoking, and amusing articles on all things relating to fitness, health, psychology, and wellbeing.
With many on the Super-A editorial team being yogis, we wanted to acknowledge the importance of Yoga. And we are delighted that one of the World’s leading organisations, Yoga Alliance Professionals, agreed to collaborate in this Special Edition.
There is something for everyone in this Edition; beginners, seasoned practitioners, teachers, and those who have never tried Yoga. The articles are enlightening and informative, written by experienced Yoga Alliance Professionals Members and Teachers. You can learn more about their work and its importance in these times in my article “Yoga Alliance Professionals and Me”.
I want to extend my deep gratitude to all the many contributors who provided the great articles in this Edition. I want to acknowledge the outstanding work of Melissa Albarran at Yoga Alliance Professionals and Ann Fitzgerald, Super-A Magazine Features Editor. Last, but not least I would like to thank Dr Malik, the long-standing Editor of Yoga Magazine, for his contribution and wise words.
I hope you will enjoy reading this Edition as much as we enjoyed putting it together.
Wayne Lèal, Super-A Magazine Editor
SINCE A YOUNG AGE, I have been attracted to physical expression. I started studying classical dance in Venice, Italy, then went on to explore other forms of dance, such as jazz and contemporary.
I further trained as an aerialist, arm balance, and acro-balance contortionist with Ernesto Belley (professional artist and trainer of the Moscow State Circus) at his Acrobatic Club in Venice.
With a professional background in arts and design, I moved to London where I started working as a cartoon animator in several projects and continued my career as a graphic designer for magazines, then moved on to television graphics and web design. At the same time, I developed a growing interest in Yoga and the desire to express my visual creativity more artistically. I left my job as a designer 19 years ago to dedicate myself to teaching Yoga, travel, and training.
I collaborated with The Yoga Journal – the US and Italian edition – writing a series of articles on Yoga and featuring on the cover page (see attached article on Tripsichore Yoga Theatre)
I am also a registered Cranio-Sacral Therapist (College of Craniosacral Therapy 2003) and a Nutritional Therapist (College of Natural Nutrition 2008).
MARK WAS BORN in London in 1955 and was a child actor, and it was a fellow actor who introduced Mark to Yoga in 1975. He loved the practice immediately.
Mark had already found spiritual philosophy and was studying meditation, so when he discovered Yoga, it was an instant fit, and he saw and experienced the practice as holistic.
Mark developed a self-practice which he continued for 14 years and incorporated what he learned from other teachers along the way. However, a nagging pain stopped Mark practicing yoga for 5 years.
When he returned to it in 1993 he went to live in Los Angeles. He spent 10 years there and met many great teachers of Vinyasa style yoga. It inspired him to bring Vinyasa into his practice as he felt it created a dynamism that was missing in regular Hatha Yoga. This led in turn to Ashtanga Yoga, which appealed due to its fixed structure and emphasis on breathing and progression into more advanced postures.
Returning to London, Mark went to a public Ashtanga practice with Sri K Pattabhi Jois and decided to go to Mysore in India to study in more depth, leading to him eventually becoming authorised to teach the method in 2012.
Mark continues to practice daily; the first and the second series. At 65 and, after having heart surgery in 2016, he credits the practice for helping him back to health and wellbeing.
As a teacher Mark feels privileged and honoured to teach the method he loves so much and to pass it on to others who want to learn this valuable and effective style of Yoga.
GROWING UP IN South India, yoga was an integral part of everyday life. However, as I started my career, while I remained active, yoga took a backseat.
For more than ten years, I worked as a fashion designer for Bollywood, working in film studios and locations worldwide. I was also the personal stylist to many Bollywood stars and some members of the Indian cricket team.
However, the nature of my work, spending many hours a day on my feet, meant that I developed chronic back pain, which brought me back to yoga.
Practising yoga resolved my back problems and brought me several other health benefits, both mental and physical, so I chose to leave Bollywood and become a yoga teacher. I completed my teacher training in Kerala, which gave me a classical solid yoga foundation. Based on this training and the many other courses I have attended, I have developed my teaching style and have taught yoga in the UK, Spain, Denmark and South Africa.
As a result of now leading a life more focussed on health and fitness, I now feel more youthful in my fifties than when I was younger.
Away from yoga, I love food, hiking in the mountains and fashion. I have a dream that one day (soon!) I will combine my yoga and fashion designer skills and launch my range of yoga clothing.
What I teach
I teach various fitness disciplines, including Yoga, Budokon, Animal Flow, TRX Yoga, Aerial Yoga, Fitness Pilates and Barre.
How I teach
My classes are playful and energetic and help to bring out the child in you
I modify poses and movements to take account of your ability and any limitations you may have
My classes are for you if:
You want to build strength and mobility
You feel you have stopped making progress in your fitness journey
You are not enjoying your current classes
You are looking for a fun yet rewarding practice