Mark Atherton

Mark Atherton

Mark always loved to move his body and was obsessed with gymnastics as a child. He was always intrigued by the shapes he was able to find with practice and discipline. After a little searching, he found himself in a yoga class and couldn’t believe how incredible it felt to reconnect with his body. It took about a year of regular classes before he knew he wanted to dive deeper into understanding yoga and embarked upon his first yoga teacher training. Now, many years later, he shares his passion by teaching new yoga teachers and offering online classes.
Mark's Mantra: "In the end, 3 things matter: how well we have lived, loved and learnt to let go."

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Mark Atherton
  • Slow Gentle Hatha

    Join Mark for a slow, gentle Hatha Yoga class with a focus on stretches for the shoulders, chest and hips. This accessible practice begins seated with breathwork and then uses a yoga strap to gentle awaken the shoulders and chest. A lovely class to wind-down at the end of a long day! Suggested Pr...

  • Breathwork Meditation

    This guided meditation practice begins with a breathwork technique known as 4-7-8 breath to help settle the mind and induce a state of calm. Mark then guides you through a meditation on breath and breath sensations. This is a wonderful practice prior to bed or if you need a reset mid-day!

    **Plea...

  • Heart Opening Hatha

    This Heart Opening Hatha class with Mark is a wonderful way to bring a sense of spaciousness to your body, mind and breath. This practice weaves pranayama, mantra, meditation and heart-opening poses together to leave you feeling joyful and calm.

  • Mountain Sitting Meditation

    Join Mark for a short, lightly guided meditation practice that focuses on cultivating the mountain-like qualities of stability and rootedness. This practice has plenty of silence and space, offering the opportunity to sink deeply into meditative awareness.

  • Calming Restorative

    Join Mark for short and sweet Restorative Yoga practice. This class focuses on a few poses that will help to induce a sense of calm and stillness. A lovely way to unwind at the end of a long day and perfect for paring with one of our more active Hatha or Vinyasa classes.

  • Meditation on Thoughts

    This guided meditation with Mark explores the practice of watching and labelling thoughts as they happen. It can be challenging to sit in meditation with a spinning mind filled with thoughts! This practice harnesses the power of thinking and uses it as a place of focus and attention, helping to s...

  • Svadhyaya Hatha

    Svadhyaya is a Sanskrit word that can be translated as “self-study”. This practice of self-study creates an awareness of thoughts and sensations and connects us deeply to our inner world. Join Mark for a Hatha class that begins by bringing attention to the practice of self-study, moves into some ...

  • Gentle Grounding Hatha

    Join Mark for a Gentle Hatha class designed to cultivate a sense of stability and grounding. With mindful hip and leg stretches, awareness of breath and slow steady movements, this class is a wonderful way to feel both calm and centered. Please note that Mark suggests the use of yoga strap for th...

  • Chakra Mantra Restorative

    Join Mark for a soothing restorative practice that uses a special mantra in each pose to help you find a deeper state of relaxation. Repeating a mantra helps to bring the mind into a state of relaxed focus and calm. The mantras associated with each chakra help to stimulate the energy related to t...

  • Bedtime Hatha

    The use of Yoga to prepare the body for bed can be a fantastic addition to your sleep preparation practice. Join Mark for a relaxing Hatha class that combines gentle stretches, soft movements and mindful attention so you are ready to rest and slip into dreamland.

  • Gentle Morning Stretch

    Join Mark for this simple practice to awaken and enliven your morning. With gentle stretches, calming breathwork and mindful meditation, this practice will have your body and mind ready to take on the day. This short, simple class is perfect for when you are short on time or if you need a practic...

  • Take It Easy Hatha

    Slow down, breathe and take it easy with Mark in this Gentle Hatha practice. With slow thoughtful movements, attention to breath and gentle poses this class will help you to wind down at the end of a long day or have a gentle start to your morning!

  • Tonglen Meditation

    Join Mark to explore the meditation technique of giving and receiving, known as Tonglen. This practice uses the breath as means to transform discomfort or difficulty into soft healing energy. A great practice for days when you need to shift any discomfort in your body or mind.

  • Simple and Easy Gentle Hatha

    The effects of chronic stress on your body and mind can be overwhelming. Join Mark for this short and simple Hatha Yoga class to help reduce stress levels, to create a sense of calm and well-being, and to find a little stillness. Take time to practice self-care and to look after your body and mind.

  • Journey to Eagle Vinyasa

    Join Mark in this guided journey to Eagle Pose! This class includes lots of prep for your shoulders and hips to guide your body into this energizing and exhilarating posture.

    Music:
    Concentration by Kevin MacLeod . Licence: Creative Commons Licence

    The Dark Glow of the Mountains by Chris Z...

  • Centering Hatha

    Mark leads you through a smooth Hatha class focusing on centering the body and mind. Multiple sequences of fluid movements lead to a seated sequence before finding rest and stillness in savasana.

    Music:
    The Dark Glow of the Mountains by Chris Zabriskie. Licence: Creative Commons Licence

    E...

  • Bit of Everything Vinyasa

    Mark guides you through a short practice with a little bit of everything! Enjoy exploring arm variations and different ways to express common poses. This class is a great way to add a full body practice on busy days or as an addition to other movement practices.

    Music:
    Exit Exit by PC III. Li...

  • Fluid Flow Vinyasa

    Join Mark for a fluid Vinyasa class with a focus on bringing space and openness to the hips and low back. Connection to breath is key, and movement with breath becomes a moving meditation. Satisfy your body and still your mind as you celebrate movement!

    Music:

    Title: Concentration by Kevin ...

  • Heart Space Vinyasa

    A heart-opening Vinyasa class that focuses on creating space through the chest, stimulating the Heart Chakra. Moving energy through this energy centre creates feelings of compassion towards oneself and others. This class is perfect for days when you're feeling constricted and in need of some extr...

  • Mindful Meditation

    Mark leads a guided meditation that explores some different ways to approach mindfulness. Use the body, mind and breath, explore a place of connectedness to the perfect present moment.

    Music:
    OceanTapping by PC III 2015. License: Creative Commons Licence

  • Meditation to Calm the Mind

    Join Mark for a 20-minute meditation to calm the mind. By focusing on breath, sensations and a special mantra to invoke peace, you will create a steady sense of calm to take with you through the day.

    Music:
    A New Day in a New Sector by Chris Zabriskie. Licence: Creative Commons Licence

    Cha...

  • Standing Balance Vinyasa

    Mark leads you through a strong, accessible Vinyasa practice designed to increase strength and stamina. Enjoy exploring various standing balance postures to strengthen the legs and glutes and to energize your body

    Music:
    OceanTapping by PC III 2015. License: Creative Commons Licence

  • Smooth Vinyasa

    A smooth flowing vinyasa class to connect your body, mind and breath. Mark leads a practice filled with twists, hip openers and heart opening postures to ensure the whole body feels free and spacious.

    Music:
    OceanTapping by PC III 2015. License: Creative Commons Licence

  • Whole Body Hatha

    A 20 Minute Hatha class to awaken the whole body from head to toe. Perfect for days when you're short on time or at the end of a workout. Stretch, strengthen and find some zen with Mark in this short and sweet practice.

    Music:
    A New Day in a New Sector by Chris Zabriskie.Licence: Creative Co...