Inhale to expand, exhale to bend. Salute the sun this morning through Surya Namaskar B with Mark Robberds and Deepika Mehta.
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In 1997, Deepika’s life was forever changed by a near-death rock climbing accident. Doctors told her she would never walk again. Not one to allow obstacles to deter her spirit and enthusiasm for life, Deepika sought alternative approaches and methods of physical and emotional healing including meditation, pranayama, and yoga. She began her yoga journey with Sivananda Yoga, which eventually led her to Ashtanga Yoga and her future guru, K. Pattabhi Jois in 2002.
Since that time, Deepika has traveled around the world studying with various masters such as Richard Freeman, Dena Kingsberg, Prem Carlisi, Lino Miele, and Rolf Naujokat. She is currently learning Ashtanga’s Advanced A Series with Sharath Jois, who is the Director of the Ashtanga Yoga Institute and grandson to late K. Pattabhi Jois.
Deepika lives in Mumbai, India where she teaches regularly. She also travels the world with her husband, Mark Robberds, spreading the magic of Ashtanga to the world.
Mark began studying yoga in 1997. He is a Certified Ashtanga Yoga teacher, trained and certified by Ashtanga master, the late K. Pattabhi Jois. Since 1999, Mark has made regular visits to India to practice with his guru and Pattabhi Jois' grandson, R. Sharath. Mark has also studied intensively with Eileen Hall, Richard Freeman, and Dena Kingsberg. Always looking to deepen his practice, Mark continues to learn from masters in various disciplines.
Since 2005, Mark has been teaching workshops, retreats, and classes all over the world. He threads his love of yoga, surfing, teaching, and music into his practice and teaching style. He hopes to inspire others to develop and live their deepest passions. His classes are uniquely focused on helping each student reach their full potential in life.