Marcus Veda’s road to yoga was not a conventional one. Fresh out of Uni, he found a way to use his degree in philosophy to justify spending his 20s touring the world as an international DJ, wholeheartedly committing to the hedonistic life… and loving every minute of it. It wasn’t until an over enthusiastic stage-diving mishap put a stop to all professional jumping around for far too long, that he finally took a therapist friend’s advice in trying yoga to get fixed.
A need to properly heal the body coincided with a sneaking desire for change in the mind that landed Marcus on the mat… Trying every style of class he could get to but finally landing on dynamic vinyasa and more specifically, The Ashtanga-inspired Rocket system, which satisfied his undying urge to fly. Then becoming a teacher with the It’s Yoga affiliated Yoga People in Goa he further deepened his appreciation of what yoga could be beyond the asanas he loved. “It’s about being grounded and taking flight, using the energy of the body to find stillness of the mind. I like to practice what I teach, and I hope to maintain that integrity on and off the mat.”
Marcus also has a Black Belt in the ancient Japanese martial art of ninjutsu, which he feels compliments his yoga practice, combining self-discipline with freedom of movement, and lightness with control. He gives heartfelt gratitude and respect to teachers past and present including HatsumiSoke in Tokyo, Stewart Gilchrist in London, Dharma Mittra in NYC, and Jamie and Dulce The Yoga People worldwide.
Marcus’ classes embrace the joyful rebel spirit of The Rocket, experimenting with advanced balancing postures along with the traditional grounding poses,. He also strongly believes that the heat which fires the practice should be created by you, not the room, so the focus is always on the powerful connection of the breath, movement and the bandhas. The DJing days still show their influence too, as a personal playlist is integral to the energy of his classes. Every practiceis prana-fuelled, music-powered and limit-pushing.