Yoga

hot-yoga-03I offer a range of yoga classes at the Self Centre in Bury St Edmunds, and at Derby Cottage Osteopathic and Sports Injury Clinic in Newmarket.

My Hatha Yoga classes are designed for beginners to intermediate yoga practitioners. They involve mostly gentle, basic postures with no flow between poses. They are the perfect place to learn yoga poses, stretch and relax.

Dynamic Sports Yoga classes are more challenging – specifically designed for active sportspeople to help them stretch, build flexibility and have a great workout.

hot-yoga-01Hot Yoga classes involves heating the studio to just above 35 degrees C! The theory is that the heat enables you to release and open more, whilst facilitating the sweating out of any toxins. The classes are based on the Ashtanga primary series and focus on Balances, Standing Poses, Core work, Back bends and Forward bends/hip openers.

Ashtanga Yoga is a fantastic total body workout, helping you to develop a strong and athletic body through a dynamic flow of sequenced postures (Asanas in Sanskrit). It is an effective weight management and core strength building routine, great for preventing injury and promoting muscle elasticity. For more information about Ashtanga Yoga, please click here.

“I started attending hot yoga sessions with Mark in March 2013 after a serious leg operation and from the start he was more than helpful with giving me advice and tips whilst always checking with me on my progress. He helped me ease into the routines with no pressure and made me feel comfortable amongst other people that were at higher levels. I started to have regular sports/deep tissue massages with Mark which helped my leg to heel enormously and at a much quicker rate than expected. He was a huge part in my recovery and I am forever grateful!”
Ali Barker

Class Timetable (from April 2014)

Monday

7.45-9.00pm Hot Yoga at the Self Centre, Bury St Edmunds (£10.50, book via the Self Centre: 01284 769090)

Thursday

7.45-9.00pm Hot Yoga at the Self Centre, Bury St Edmunds (£10.50, book via the Self Centre: 01284 769090)

Saturday

9.00-10.00am Dynamic Yoga at Derby Cottage Clinic, Newmarket (£10, book via Derby Cottage: 01638 577121)

11.30am-12.45pm Hot Yoga at the Self Centre, Bury St Edmunds (£10.50, book via the Self Centre: 01284 769090)

Can’t find a class to suit you? Contact me to discuss one-on-one tuition.

I started Hot Yoga classes with Mark almost 2 years ago, completely new to any form of Yoga. I work with horses and my days are mostly outside in the elements, so the promise of the heat was also appealing! I came looking to de-stress, and hopefully improve my core strength. I cannot start to convey how Mark’s Ashtanga Yoga classes have helped my physical and mental well-being, and my Sciatica has gone too!

Mark’s passion and dedication to his practice, and knowledge of his subject shines through. The classes have a wonderful atmosphere; a balanced mix of hard work and some gentle humour, tempered with the discipline of Ashtanga Yoga. I am hooked! I wouldn’t and don’t hesitate in telling anyone the virtues of Mark’s classes, and I feel honoured to be taught by him.
Jane Spencer

My yoga journey

Screen Shot 2015-02-23 at 10.06.00For many years I have suffered from the wear and tear of a heavy sporting and busy working life! Like many of us, I just moaned about it and unhappily accepted the aches and pains of a post cycling/running session.I also accepted the strains and twinges of tight hamstrings, a bad back or tight shoulders, from sitting at a desk!

Then one day in 2008 I attended a dynamic yoga class called Ashtanga Vinyasa, which focussed on linking the breath to movement! It was a pure revelation and relieved many of the problems I was suffering, as well as opening up and strengthening my whole body, though to the core! I was totally hooked as I felt my body healing by softening and easing hard and painful areas! At first I found the yoga postures challenging and frustrating (I still do), but I bring my focus back to the breath and I find there is a sense of peace and stillness! It is here every day and I’ve started to unknot the stress and stiffness in my body and mind, finding a sense of inner freedom!

Yoga also really helps to deal with real life crises and problems. When close family members died – people I truly loved – I felt lost. But, through my yoga practice, including restorative poses, breathing techniques and meditation, I experienced a deep sense of emotional and spiritual comfort and release.

My yoga journey has inspired me to teach others so they to can feel good in mind and body and spirit! I have a belief that every body has the ability to improve their health in this way! I have been a qualified yoga teacher since 2010.

In January 2014 I started teaching Hot Yoga at The Self Centre and have had the privilege of guiding a great group of students on their own journey through the Ashtanga primary series (picking up many more  yoga enthusiasts bitten by the lure and mystique of a demanding but giving  yoga system along the way).

On that journey we have learnt that developing and growing your practice week-by-week, with (bags of) patience and dedication, can lead to change in the body, mind and spirit. There has been much laughter, some tears, and choice words at times as the postures demand great determination to open up the body and let strong emotions pass.

Above all we learn to accept and love who we truly are, our potential to break free of limitations, whilst being mindful of where we are on any given day in our practice. To take one breath, one step at a time as we focus our minds on a single point within!!

I am so lucky to teach a great group of people. It never ceases to amaze me how willing they are to help other beginners to the practice, and how kind they are to each other when we struggle with life’s demands!! The energy in the room, as the breath resonates around, has power yet beauty; like a piece of classical music it has a harmony and relaxing tone at the same time!

If you are interested in this practice and want new a new yoga challenge as well as a place to find succour and rest, please contact me or book in at The Self Centre – their staff are so helpful and will book you in to the next class. Get ready to sweat!

I continue to develop my own practice, learning from other inspirational teachers to help bring the best out of your practice. Their knowledge, hands-on assists and gentle encouragement never cease to amaze me, and I would like to thank them personally. They are in no particular order as one and all give equally; they are my guiding lights in uncertain times…

  • Digby Platt (Stonemonkey)
  • Hamish Hendry and all the teachers at Ashtanga London.
  • Joey Miles
  • Phillipa Asher
  • Kino McGregor
  • Sally Kempton (meditation and articles on Buddhism)