Born in 1960 and raised in Clenchwarton, a tiny hamlet in the East Anglia region of Britain, Mark has now been a resident of the USA for the majority of his life, becoming a citizen in 2014. Initially emigrating to St. Louis MO in 1983, and after spending time living in Kure Beach, NC and Hoboken NJ, he settled in the Twin Cities in 1992.
As a life-long musichead, he was impressed by the quality of the local music scene and spent time volunteering at KFAI, worked for Radio K at the University of MN, and helped create MPR’s The Current, hosting the evening show for 15 years.
His yogic journey didn’t start in earnest until he was 50 and consisted primarily of twice weekly Vinyasa classes at the Yoga Center of Minneapolis downtown and then at Kula Yoga in Linden Hills. Twice traveling to Kripalu Yoga Center in MA on yoga retreats, he discovered the potential of harnessing yoga and meditation together and deepened his practice of both.
One of his Vinyasa teachers at Kula, Kim Tatum, went to Boulder regularly throughout 2018 to study Avita yoga with Jeff Bailey, the founder of the practice. After taking Avita classes with Kim for a year, and beginning to understand the meditative qualities of the practice, Mark decided that he wanted to explore it in more depth. After retiring from The Current in June of 2020, he went to Boulder to study with Jeff and graduated from the Avita Teacher Training Program in March 2021. Since then he has taught at Yoga Loft, the home of Avita, logging over 100 hours of teaching.
Mark is returning to Minnesota and The Yoga Center Retreat, his spiritual yoga home, and is bringing the Avita practice to the yoga community. He will begin with an Introduction to Avita workshop on February 18th, and starting in March, will teach weekly classes on Thursdays at 9:15am and Sundays at 10am.