Mark Spring

Mark primarily practices Flow and Deep Rest Yoga–along with “Hill” and “Car” Yoga.  In the winter of 2011, a friend and fellow yoga teacher shared with Mark the idea that “Yoga can go anywhere.”  Mark took this statement as a prompt and has since evolved new forms of practice to use during exercise, driving, sports, and work.  He enjoys trying new yoga routines, learning with many different teachers, inventing poses, and finding new ways to include yoga in everyday life. 

Mark experienced his first encounters with Deep Rest Yoga (which the instructor called “Yoga Nidra”) in a year-long series of weekly classes spanning the spring of 2013 to the winter of 2014.  He found this form of yoga to be the most healing, restorative kind of yoga he has practiced in more than twenty years of yoga exploration.  Deep Rest Yoga enabled him to heal from lingering injuries and, despite a months-long bout of chronic fatigue, to recover freshness and teach five consecutive hour-long yoga classes per day to five groups of teens for six weeks in the summer of 2013.  Deep Rest Yoga made this strenuous effort sustainable and enjoyable.  At the conclusion of that summer in 2013, Mark decided to pursue the 230-Hour Yoga Teacher Training Program at the Heart of Yoga School in order to deepen his knowledge and prepare to offer a wider range of courses to students of all kinds.

Mark has worked as a teacher of high school English, philosophy, and psychology since 2000.  He is now a doctoral candidate at North Carolina State University and a private teacher of reading, language arts, and yoga in the Triangle area. 

A confession: Mark slept in many of his first yoga sessions as a college student (24 years ago–well past the statute of limitations).  He will now offer a Deep Rest class at Heart of Yoga, guiding students to (but not over) the edge of sleep in extended shivasana meditations.   

Mark took his first yoga class as a university course three mornings per week during the winter of 1993 in northern Ohio.  After coming into the warm, cavernous Toledo Field House after walking a mile in single-degree temperatures, and after practicing slow flow routines for an hour after early-morning weight workouts for a college football team, Mark made his first accidental discoveries of “deep rest” yoga by–predictably–falling asleep for the final half of class.  (Note: he was still a teen.)  However, he eventually learned to stay awake in each class, to notice the subtleties of each pose, and to see how a consistent yoga practice reliably improves posture, breathing, sleep, work, study, and play–and most anything in life. He feels especially grateful to his first teacher, who began each class with a meditation on peace, and whose opening remarks in those meditations carry into this moment.

Email Mark at poetry.writers.ncsu@gmail.com