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Mark "Yogi Satnaam" Maldonado

500 E-RYT; 200 E-RYT; CMA; PTA;

Director of Intuitive Yoga School

Owner/Teacher of Sports Yoga M2 Studio

Mark Maldonado is the owner of Sports Yoga M2 studio since 2005. His yogic journey started in 1999 with a yoga class at a local gym, and after two years of daily practice, the inner journey influenced his intuition and the ability to inspire and connect with yoga. Mark makes a lasting impression with strong intuitive skills to correct and describe postures so that adjustments and alignments are felt and remembered. When he demonstrates postures it becomes an inspiration to have fun achieving your goal and be comfortable doing it. Intuitive Yoga is Mark’s blend of many styles but the ability to make you feel connected brings comfort to many students and teachers. He encourages you to look in and discover the true path. Intuition becomes your yoga.

Mark honored the natural instinct to do what he loves and was certified in 2003. In 2005 started his studio, the name Sports Yoga was chosen because he felt it would relate more to the general public especially if you were athletic in any way. Mark became a 200 hour level teacher in 2008 and a 500 hour level teacher registered with Yoga Alliance in 2013. Then he began his teacher training program at a 200 hour level. Mark’s history with anatomy training as a medical and physical therapy assistant provided a healthy knowledge of the body to connect your practice through alignment and modifications.

July 13, 2013 -  I went through a blessing of a spiritual name, Satnaam. This  was given to me from a trusted and honored, Gurunam Khalsa, her spiritual guidance and dedication is what inspired a request for a spiritual name. Both of us had a conversation and meditation with God and the name appeared in Gurunam's mind and has resonated with me greatly.

I seek freedom, opportunities to enjoy life: to make love, to go places and to do things. I am very adventurous and willing to take risk to achieve objectives. I enjoy looking for new ways and new experiences and often not satisfy with the normal, my restless nature opens me up to intuition. I honor how one adventure leads me to another, but it doesn't mean I am irresponsible. I enjoy honest and fair, because this is the only way to receive justice and honesty from other people. My personal growth is vital, and it is difficult to be tied down by rules and obligations. My restless spirit is enjoying the challenge of working with the community to help and inspire students, making this the field of work that meets my demand for action and adventure.

Melanie Brown

E-RYT 500

Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist

I took my first yoga class around 2003 in a small gym with an amazing teacher (Who I was to learn later was actually Mark Maldonado). Discovering the benefits of yoga quickly, I spent a couple of months attending those classes with Mark. Circumstances led me away from yoga until 2008 when I was once again attending classes, hoping to deal with the stress of being self-employed. Here once again,on the mat, I found what I had been seeking. Yoga is a complete practice:

My body needed healing & my asana(pose) practice eased many of my physical ailments.

My spirit needed healing & the tradition spoke to my soul.

My brain needed comfort & my meditation brought me peace, clarity, & confidence.

I am grateful that I was led to yoga, and my way of paying it forward is to share my practice with you. I am a E-RYT 500 registered with Yoga Alliance and most recently completed training as an Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist. Ayurveda is the sister science of yoga & I am honored to have been trained under an amazing teacher from the Himalayan Institute. Ask me about how to balance your health using ancient, natural healing techniques. Thank you for allowing me to share this tradition with you.