Author: Mark Stephens

Practicing yoga for over 20 years and teaching since 1996, author Mark Stephens conducts classes, yoga teacher trainings, and retreats worldwide. The owner of Santa Cruz Yoga, he lives and teaches in his native town of Santa Cruz, California. Mark Stephens is the author of Teaching Yoga (2010), Yoga Sequencing (2012), Yoga Adjustments (2014), and The Mark Stephens Yoga Sequencing Deck (2016).

Mark Stephens’ Top 10 Yoga Tips

  There is a wide world of yoga arising from many different streams of thought and practice; be wary of the idea that it’s just this or that. Yoga should feel good, especially the next day. It’s not about force but exploration, appreciation, acceptance, and openness to gradual change. This is santosa, or contentment. Breathing …continue

Yogi Mark Stephens Offers 10 Basic Tips for Teaching Warrior Pose

Warrior I Pose (Virabhadrasana I) is a timeless teacher that calls for patience and continuous refinement over years of practice. This asymmetrical standing asana (we’re doing something different with each leg) opens us to establishing a stable yet resilient foundation for opening the hips, extending the spine, and opening the shoulders. It develops strength and …continue

What is Your Yoga Class Theme?

Creating fresh and meaningful yoga classes is one of the most fulfilling aspects of teaching yoga. Whether you teach a set sequence style like Ashtanga Vinyasa or Bikram or fashion your own sequences, every class is an opportunity for you and your students to contribute to the creative evolution of yoga. Yet this creative process …continue