Marc believes that the best part about teaching yoga is that it constantly invites him to understand more, "More about the people I teach, the world around me, and how those interactions can support my becoming a more wise, compassionate and overall better human. The success rate seems to have improved....with practice.”
With over 20 years of experience teaching and practicing, Marc says he has had a little time to refine things as a teacher and human and always does his best to serve his students with skill, empathy, and thoughtfulness. And, while it’s not always easily administered, some truth too. He says "this experiment mostly succeeds. Awareness is the key factor. Kindness is the application."
Japan, Australia, Europe, South & Central America, are places where he's been invited to teach. He says he never would he have guessed this, "I’ve taught in these locations as well as lead retreats. Yoga (both practice and the teaching), has been and continues to be a great gift. I don’t know who sent it, but I sure am grateful. Yes, thank you, and more please!"
Marc says that meditating was how he began and that he was “called” to yoga asana when he started levitating one day during his meditation, "A friend had to tie a rock around me so I wouldn’t bang my head in the ceiling. I learned after that this is often why the Shaivites have large crops of hair towering above their skull- the “hairdo” forms a type of “meditation helmet.” Although my predecessors had to worry about the stony cave tops, where I merely have the danger of dry-wall. Yoga has to be potent, fun, and real."
Marc was Certified Anusara ® teacher for many years, known internationally and had the good fortune to establish Anusara ® on the fantastical island of Maui, where he lived for eight years. On this foundation, Marc now develops his personal style of Yoga and loves to share his personal experience and knowledge with his students. He now travels and teaches across the globe and cannot believe this is his “job”! Clearly, and with enormous gratitude for the Yoga community, Marc celebrates teaching yoga as his vocation and service.
20 + years
Playful, Potent, Profound
My Mom & My Dog
Well, truthfully, I needed to make a living in a way that would allow me to manage a health crisis I’d experienced as a young man. Not long hours, not stressful, and healthy. Yoga fit the bill and I had been given a gift. There was no “selflessness” involved. That came. But hat’s that’s the truth. Whatever Yoga Muse or Spirit that may exist, well, that continues to “inspire” me, I can take no credit for conjuring it. I am merely a grateful and humbled recipient of its company.
Gurmayi, Eckhart Tolle, Carolyn Myss, Mark Nelson Anthony Benanati
We have fun. Breathing moving, aligning so that the Shakti can come alive and each student can feel good about being alive.
Well- if the climate is temperate and the food is yummy, people relax. Then you can get them to do things they normally wouldn’t. This is where you have to be respectful and helpful so they feel safe to experience themselves in a new way. We get to bring something out that wants to be lived. People leave with a more expanded sense of self.
I truly don’t have one. I like to teach any pose that helps the student connect and understand what it means to be more fully in their body. To feel more “at home.”
Adho Mukha Vrksasana in Padmasana
Where Nature Abounds. I lived in Hawaii for 8 years. I like that. The less society, cars and buildings, the better.