MARK KNOWLES – 800 hr. CERTIFIED JIVAMUKTI YOGA® TEACHER
Mark began studying Zen Buddhism and Aikido in 1990 with Master Robert Balker. This planted the seed of Self-Study-svadhyaya and Discipline-tapas. Mark earned his Class IV 3000 Ton Master’s Licence from the UK Department of Transport after years of training and practical experience. Born and raised in the Bahamas he felt most at home on the water, and would pursue a long and happy career at sea.
It was this love that brought him to his first yoga class in Charleston. On what would be his final journey he found his first Jivamukti® Yoga class and had his whole view of Yoga change. Far from sleepy and flowery he found a great practicality in the practice that demanded use in everyday life, finding challenge not only in the postures, but also in the spiritual activation and social awareness that Jivamukti® embodies.
As a Type I diabetic Mark has experienced firsthand the physical and spiritual life-enhancing qualities of a vegan diet and a daily yoga practice.
From teaching business moguls on the beaches of the Bahamas to the dedicated students of South Carolina, he’s never looked back on his former life as a Dive Instructor, Bungee Operator, or Ship’s Captain.
After a nearly two year apprenticeship with Jeffrey Cohen acting Facilitator and formerly Lead Mentor for the residential Jivamukti Yoga® Teacher Training Program, he completed his 800 Hour Certification.Mark teaches yoga as a practical method, a challenging practice and supreme devotional gratitude.
He bows down at the lotus feet of the Lord and His many forms:
Sharon Gannon and David Life for allowing him to be of service to others- teaching that liberation is possible in this lifetime and how to realize it. Manoramaji for touching his heart with the power of Sanskrit and the wisdom of the Vedas. Andrea and Jeffrey who constantly inspire him to be the change he wishes to see in the world and the courage to do it. His parents for their never ending love and support. His true love, Jennifer for encouragement and listening. All the devoted students of Yoga. Finally, his dear friend Bill who continues to be an endless source of inspiration.
tapah svadhyayeshvara pranidhanani kriya yogah
With intensity of spiritual practice, sacred study, and devotion: here lies the work to get back to a state of equilibrium, purity, and brightness.