Recently described by Yoga Journal as "the teacher's teacher," Mark Stephens is the author of the international bestsellers Teaching Yoga (2010), Yoga Sequencing (2012), and Yoga Adjustments (2014). Mark has practiced yoga for nearly 25 years, and has been teaching since 1996.  He founded the L.A. Yoga Center (now YogaWorks L.A.), Santa Cruz Yoga, and the Yoga Inside Foundation (1997-2005), a non-profit that established yoga programs in over 300 schools and in treatment centers and prisons across North America.

Mark received Yoga Journal's 1st Annual Karma Award in 2000 for his leadership with Yoga Inside. With a rich background in Ashtanga Vinyasa, Iyengar, tantra, and yoga therapy, Mark brings an eclectic perspective to the practice that's all about making yoga more accessible, sustainable, and deeply transformational. He lives and teaches yoga in Santa Cruz, California.