The Heart of Yoga
Mark Whitwell is interested in developing an authentic yoga practice for the individual, based on the teachings of Tirumalai Krishnamacharya, “the teacher of the teachers,” and his son T.K.V. Desikachar. Mark’s teachings clarify the profound passion and relevance of ancient wisdom to contemporary life.
Mark has taught yoga for many years throughout the world, adapting the principles of the Great Tradition to the needs of people from many cultures and many countries. He was the editor of and contributor to T.K.V. Desikachar’s book, The Heart of Yoga: Developing a Personal Practice, and is the author of Yoga of Heart and The Promise. His US charity, the Heart of Yoga Peace Project, helps deliver yoga education in conflict zones. His teachings clarify the profound relevance of ancient wisdom to modern times.
Mark teaches Ha-Tha Yoga, which against common understanding means all physical forms of Yoga practice, not a specific "style". Hatha means the merging of the sun and moon, the male and female, prana and apana (two energies), and is a purificating and re-balancing practice where breath and body movement are one. The practice includes Asana (postures), Pranayama (breathing exercises which move, activate and increase Prana, vital energy), Bandha (energy locks), Meditation, Relaxation and Chanting.