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Mark O Brien
Qi Natural Therapies & Yoga
Mark O Brien has been teaching yoga since 1996. Born in England, he moved to Australia and left a successful career in advertising to open Qi Natural Therapies & Yoga in Sydney in 2001 with a vision to inspire others to lead a vital, healthy and happy life. He has since become one of Sydney’s in-demand teachers and leads regular retreats, workshops and trainings locally and internationally. He holds Senior Membership of Yoga Australia and recently finished 5 years on its National Executive. Mark designed this course and is looking forward to leading it for its 9th year and to sharing the profound wisdom of yoga with sincere students.
Mark had a strong meditation practice before graduating from the Heart of Yoga teacher-training with Karen Schaeffer and Mark Breadner and Mark Whitwell, (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 many 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. Flexibility or lack of it, is of little importance in this approach, which is open to anyone who can breathe and sincerely wants to improve their life.