Marcus Veda Biog
Marcus’ took the road less-travelled to yoga. He used his degree in philosophy to go off and spend his 20s as one half of the Loose Cannons DJs, remixing, recording and touring the world, living the high/low-life. But all professional jumping around was put pay to by a dodgy football tackle and compounded by some even more ill-fated onstage “breakdance” choices, that led to finally taking a (guru) 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 on every studio intro-offer in London, he finally landed on dynamic vinyasa and more specifically, the Ashtanga-inspired Rocket system, which satisfied his undying urge to fly. Completing teacher trainings with his first teachers, The Yoga People in Goa, as well as David Swenson and “Mula Bandha King”, David Kyle, he went on to train in Yin Yoga too, balancing out the daily yang of London city-life as well as deepening his appreciation of what yoga can be beyond the asanas that drew him in. In 2015 he co-founded the Dead Yogis Society, a karma yoga movement to wipe the gloss off the lips of #instayoga and return to the breath, sweat and rawness of the practice… Letting (e)go.
Before he came to yoga, Marcus gained his Black Belt in the ancient Japanese martial art of ninjutsu, which still inspires his practice, combining self-discipline with freedom of movement, and lightness with control.
He gives heartfelt gratitude and respect to his many teachers past and present including Stewart Gilchrist, Alaric Newcombe and Eileen Gaulthier in London, The Yoga People- Jamie and Dulce- worldwide, and Larry Schultz up there.
The Rocket is an attitude not a sequence and Marcus’ teaching embraces its joyful rebel spirit; grounding on the mat, flying off it, always experimenting, but above all, it’s a moving meditation focused on the breath. The DJing still plays an integral role, with specially mixed soundtracks laying down the rhythm of every class. He understands what it is like to not feel flexible enough, or strong enough for yoga. He has been there (and still wakes up there most mornings) so hopes to inspire people that that is what gets you onto the mat, not what keeps you off it.
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Marcus’ teaching embraces the joyful rebel spirit of The Rocket, grounding on the mat, flying off it, always experimenting. Breath and bandhas fire the agni in the practice, but above all, it’s a moving meditation. And the DJing still comes heavily into play, with specially mixed playlists driving the tempo and energy of every class.