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Mark O'Brien


Mark has practiced Yoga for over 15 years, and been teaching since 1996. Born and educated in England, he moved to Australia and eventually left a successful career in advertising to follow his heart by opening Qi Natural Therapies & Yoga in Sydney, a chain of 3 successful Yoga and Natural Therapy centres. He has since become one of Sydney 's in-demand teachers and is the creator and senior teacher of an internationally recognised Hatha Yoga Teacher Training Diploma course. He holds Senior Membership status and is on the National Committee of the “ Yoga Teachers' Association of Australia ” and enjoys living on the beautiful Northern Beaches of Sydney with his young family where he lives his dream of inspiring others to a life of health and happiness through yoga.

Mark's Yoga Training
Mark had a strong meditation practice before graduating from the “Heart of Yoga” teacher-training in 1999 with Karen Schaeffer and Mark Breadner, (based on the approach of TKV Desikachar .) He has since trained with many respected Yoga teachers including further in-depth study with both TKV Desikachar and his son Kausthub Desikachar . Mark continues to study elements of Tantra and Hatha yoga. His current teacher over several years is the inspiring Donna Farhi .

With a diploma in Remedial Massage and a background in meditation and somatic therapy, he remains in awe of the joyful way that skillful physical movement and attention to the breath can dramatically improve our moods, energy, health and outlook on the physical world.

Whilst he deeply respects the ancient tradition of Yoga, Mark teaches a lively and often irreverent class, with the focus on developing practical skills that will transform the quality of your daily life. (There's no point in learning the perfect head-stand if it doesn't make your life better in some way!)

Generally his classes are "gentle but intense" constantly stressing compassion and non-aggression towards yourself whilst exploring the spiritual dimensions of asana practice (and all the “8 limbs of yoga”) to transform your life and your outlook. You will focus on how your body really feels and on moving intelligently, rather than dry, dogmatic “yoga technique”.

The most common feeling after a class with Mark is one of joyful energy and aliveness mixed with clarity and calmness, (a combination rarely achieved in daily life!)

Mark leads yoga retreats, teacher trainings, partner yoga “workshops for 2” and regular classes in Sydney and overseas.