Mark is a breathwork and holistic wellness coach with over 25 years experience in the health and lifestyle space helping people to breathe and move better. His breathwork sessions are an embodied experience, helping people gain access to inner guidance and mental clarity to clear emotions that may be causing anxiety, depression, and conflicts in life.
Mark’s fitness and yoga classes are grounded in alignment and functional movement, designed for people of all demographics, ages and fitness levels to feel better, move easier, and improve their overall sense of wellbeing.
Mark has qualifications in NLP and developmental coaching, combined with over 750 hrs of Yoga teacher training which complements his ongoing studies in the field of Therapeutic Breathwork.
People often refer to being broken as if it's a bad thing. I started my journey into the healing of therapy, meditation and breathwork looking to fix myself and to find relief from my depression. Eventually I realised that the so-called brokenness is actually the beauty of who we are. It’s what gives us our unique gift and personal power. It’s a motivator and a driving force behind fully getting to know who we are.
If I was to be totally honest, I have never been satisfied when I look in the mirror. I guess that’s why I started the gym at 17 years old and eventually made a career in fitness. I thought that looking good would give me a sense of worth and maybe even a sense of liking what I saw in the mirror. This quickly became an unhealthy process because the value I placed on myself was externally driven. Is it any surprise that 15 years later I find myself in a deep depression, feeling completely lost in life and struggling to be comfortable with my sexuality.
Up until my early 30’s I was achieving life goals, but at the same time I could feel myself being pulled into a void of sadness and depression.
The start of my downward spiral was triggered by the suicide of someone close. This left me questioning who I was and what my life was about. It left me with an overwhelming sense of guilt that made me feel like I was unworthy of success, happiness and love. I went to therapy and eventually spent 30 days in a rehabilitation centre for severe depression. This sparked a journey into self discovery and practices like meditation, yoga and eventually Breathwork.
At first I found Yoga painful for me as my body was so tight and rigid. Sitting in meditation was absolute torture. On the advice of my therapist I went to the local Buddhist temple and attended meditation and philosophy sessions. I did three a week for about 6 months.
One day a life coach suggested I try yoga. It seemed like a natural progression with my fitness background, but the problem was I hated it. I went off and did my first Yoga training with a program that was designed for the fitness industry because I didn't want any of that spiritual stuff. Next minute I’m at an Ashram in the Himalayas taking a deep dive into the world of Yoga and Advaita Vedanta. This taught me that if we focus purely on the physical body, we never discover what's beneath the surface.
It’s OK to take pride in our appearance and be strong, fit and healthy. We can have a banging body, just know that it doesn't define our value or make us a better person.
What I love most about my learnings and what I can share from my Yoga, Philosophy and Breathwork training is introducing people to a pathway or bridge that can guide them on their own journey. To live a life of unlimited potential, which I believe we all have access to. This is the process of self-actualisation. To live connected to all layers of your being. This is where we have the power to share our gift with others. Some may call this living your life purpose. I call it the purpose of living life.
Mark has helped thousands transform their bodies and their minds to reach their fitness and lifestyle goals. He coaches his clients to embody the three key principles to optimal health: Movement - Nutrition - Recovery - as when holistically balanced, there’s no limit to the personal, professional and wider life goals you can achieve.
Mark has written for and featured in publications including Australian Men’s Living, Women’s Health, Ultra Fitness, Fitness RX Women, Fitness RX Men, Austin Fit Magazine, Women’s Health & Fitness, Body&Soul and Woman’s Day Australia. Mark’s content is also shared on numerous virtual fitness platforms such as Jillian Michaels’ FITFUSION, BodyMindLive Online and MOVE123.
Resolve and release unprocessed emotions and experiences that are holding trauma and developmental behaviour patterns in your body and nervous system with Therapeutic Breathwork and other healing spirituality practices.
90 minute breathwork sessions are suitable for most people who want to reduce stress by progressively moving you into deeper states of relaxation that calm your mind and prime your body for optimal wellness and regeneration.