Spotlight on … Mark Cupit
by Mark Cupit
Why did you become a yoga/pilates instructor?
I became a yoga seeker by accident when accompanying a friend to a class 10 years ago. Yoga took me over. My teacher told me I should teach, (it’s an Ashtanga tradition of parampara) so now I do.
What is your favourite pose/exercise?
Ashtanga is a 24/7 practice 7 days a week for 99% of the time. The other 1% is theory. I love all of it.
Which classes do you teach at RHY?
Ashtanga, that’s me. Simple.
How long have you been an instructor?
I’ve been teaching Ashtanga for about 4 years.
What is your go to snack after your practise?
I don’t snack but if I’m low on energy it’s a banana fix.
I crave idli and sambar see answer to no:10 below.
How do you motivate yourself to get on your mat?
It’s the most amazing feeling in the world ever, the practice rewards the effort. I get up, I am rewarded.
Top tip for Downward Dog?
Practice it a lot, it’s the foundation of every sound practice.
What would your advice be to beginners?
Practice, there is nothing else. Good students turn up and they practice. Enjoy every moment.
What else do you do in your spare time?
Self development (the 1%) is a lot of reading and chanting.
Music, walking and gardens/nature.
Where is your favourite travel destination?
Mysore, India, is always just around the corner. In between there is Paris or London. Beaches anywhere or country walks. I’m easily pleased.