Testimonials

  • Mark TaphouseMark Taphouse

    ” I had read about the benefits of Yoga and decided to give it a try, I am so pleased I did !! Mark has made me feel very welcome and his classes are brilliant, structured and challenging. I especially like the flexibility of being able to attend any class that works for me, and Marks guidance to perfect each Yoga pose.”

    Thank you


  • Sue CollinsSue Collins

    On joining Mark’s class after years away from any pilates/yoga classes I was thinking the worst. I have been pleasently suprised that there have been no aches (as Mark is quite clear when he tells us to breathe) and I am really enjoying the classes. I love the format Mark follows, and going regularly gives me the overall confidence that I need to keep going back.One thing that is great is although I may not be as flexible as I could be, it doesn’t matter you are still an active and valued member of the class – which is a great feeling.Nearly completed my first 12 classes, and i’ll certainly be booking up for more. A real work out, but relaxing at the same time. Perfect at the either the start or end of my day.See you soon. Sue


  • Fiona MillerFiona Miller

    “Yoga was something I had thought about but never quite put that thought into motion…being in to more high energy sweaty breathless activities, I was a bit sceptical about the spiritual aspect and slowness!! Oh how wrong I was…I love it. Mark leads an easy to follow class giving options for beginners and more established yogis alike. I find it challenging, tiring and …yes…spiritual..but not in a weird way..in a calming and relaxing way…just enough!! The classes are plenty and you can always find one to fit ones ever moving goal posts. I am totally converted, love Marks energy and enthusiasm in the classes, I feel better in myself and my body seems to be liking it too!!!!! Give it a go….”


  • Jerome GoodluckJerome Goodluck

    I was completely new to yoga, had no previous experience, yet thought about giving it a go.  Various options came up on a web search and the presentation of Mark’s website was appealing.  He was very responsive and helpful with my initial enquiries and I attended my first class soon after.  Mark and the rest of the group, of varying experience, were most welcoming.  A second class helped me to realise that “I love yoga”, quite a revelation.  Mark is an excellent instructor, supportive, encouraging and inspirational.  The whole vibe and routine is fantastic.  Only 6 weeks in and I can already start to feel the benefits, in both body and mind.  Can’t wait for my next class, thank you Mark!


  • Vicky GoodluckVicky Goodluck

    Yoga is something I had toyed with taking up for some time, and always thought it would require physical strength and encourage relaxation.  I did not envisage it touching on my emotion quite so deeply as it does.  Maybe that’s because I’m so shattered at the end of his class, or possibly because of his calming voice alongside the beautiful music.  Whatever it is, I sleep like a baby that evening!

     

    I’ve attended Mark’s yoga classes for a month or so, they have already helped me to be a little more flexible and I’ve met some lovely, likeminded people.

     

    Mark teaches yoga to complete beginners, those with years of experience and those coming back to yoga after a break in the same consistent, well thought-out and encouraging way.  He gives everybody confidence by explaining and demonstrating the steps for each routine and his voice is confident, calm and professional.

    The venues are terrific, and Mark gives thought to the atmosphere from the moment you walk in the room.   Having the flexibility to turn up to any session that week also works well for me, but do remember to arrive 10 minutes before the start of class – it’s well worth the relaxation time prior to the yoga session.

     

    I would thoroughly recommend Mark’s classes to anybody thinking of trying yoga.


  • Ginny HefernanGinny Hefernan

    Mark’s yoga classes are expertly run and led, with a calmness and sense of peace that belies the energy and strength demanded by his routines.

    He uses candles, music and meditative-style words of preparation that mean I always start relaxed but mentally focused.

    During a term the routine remains largely the same, which means you get to work at the positions and push yourself further towards the full pose, and Mark often goes walkabout to help individuals adjust and improve what they’re doing.

    That may sound boring but it’s not – this is much better than some teachers who utilise a whole raft of new postures each week which you only get a moment to try before moving on to something else.

    I really commend Mark’s encouraging attitude that means beginners shouldn’t feel left behind but improvers like me always feel challenged, tired yet energised by end of class.

    I so look forward to each class!


  • Nikki ButlerNikki Butler

    Firstly – I can’t recommend Mark highly enough! I contacted Mark, as I was keen to return to yoga after 7 years away. I’ve had extensive knee surgery and had really given up hope of practising yoga again, I had certainly lost all confidence. I spoke to Mark on the telephone and I was delighted when he said he was happy to help me return to practice. I booked a 2hr one-to-one session initially, as I wanted to see how my knee would hold up and understand my limitations. Mark was absolutely brilliant and really helped me get my confidence back.
    I now regularly attend Mark’s classes and love each and every one. Since returning to yoga, I’ve noticed how much stronger I’ve become – and I’m definitely calmer and sleeping better! Mark is an excellent yoga instructor and his classes are so welcoming. I love that there are always options for progression, so the classes are perfect for everyone. Thank you Mark for helping me get my yoga confidence back and bringing some precious calm into my life again!


  • Dipak J PatelDipak J Patel

    I have been doing yoga on and off now for around 15 years. In that time I have had many different teachers – of varying levels, but Mark has to be one of the all time best teachers that I have ever experienced. He combines challenging moves and sequences, with segments of calm and relaxation – he has managed to master this balance so expertly. By the end of the class, I feel as though I have had a workout of my mind as well as my body, and that is down to his unique style and his energy. I hope that he continues with his classes – forever.


  • Charlie AndrewsCharlie Andrews

    “You’re always made to feel welcome in marks classes. His enthusiasm shines through in his teaching style. I love the classes I attend; they are the perfect mix of a workout, building that inner fire and strength, and relaxation which clears your mind.

    I have also had a number of one to one sessions with mark, which are a great way of deepening your own practice. Having major hip surgery these sessions also helped me focus on alignment and the importance of engaging the correct muscles, which was key for my recovery.

    I have been practicing yoga for years and I’m a big believer of the benefits it has on both the body and mind. Whether you’ve been practicing yoga for years or never tried it before, I recommend you give marks classes a go. “


  • Annie TurnerAnnie Turner

    Returning to Yoga after 30 years with no practice at all, has been very difficult. However, suddenly after 2 years in classes I am beginning to improve and my body is responding. As a young woman I loved Yoga and I could do everything easily but this time, after a severe illness, it is a very different task.

    During the summer I decided to try one to one yoga sessions with Mark, in order to correct my postures and to gain confidence. Mark is very calm, understanding and he listens attentively to the quirks of physical ability, wear and tear and maturity. He has patience but also is very challenging to me. Due to this changing approach, I am now, quite quickly, able to embrace positions I have not been able to do for 2 years.


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