Ari Markman

Student level

Yoga has been at the centre of my life for many years now. An interest in Eastern philosophy and mysticism took me to India 25 years ago and on my return, as a disillusioned uni student, a friend took me along to a yoga class. Yoga has been my everything from then, a light that shines through my life, a pathway toward awakening.

It's from the heart that I teach, a weaving together of body and breath, a connection to energy, a centring and a remembering of who we are and how we are. My classes are nurturing and challenging. They include philosophy, creative sequencing, sweat and laughter.

Teaching & Certification

  • Samadhi Yoga (200 hours)
  • Australian Yoga Academy (350 Hours)
  • Yin & Myofascial release (25 hours)
  • Functional Anatomy (21 hours) with Jen Creszenzo)
  • Teacher's Immersion (20 hours) with Masha Gorordilova
  • Advanced sequencing and philosophy with Duncan Peak (20 hour)

Teaching Style

  • Adjustments/Assists:
    Yes, where appropriate, I love to offer adjustments.

  • Theming:
    Integrating the physical practice with depth and spirituality is what I love to teach. My classes always have a theme which is normally something that has inspired me or resonated that I like to share.

  • Sequencing:
    My classes are a strong vinyasa flow filled with purposeful sequencing, philosophy and connection.

  • Music: An essential past of the class!

On & Off the Mat With: Ari Markman

As a yoga teacher, what inspires and motivates your teaching?


How has your own yoga practice evolved since becoming a teacher?

Listening to my body, allowing, making space for the breath, a deeper connection to what is

Do you have any yoga teachers that you admire and/or look up to? Who are they?

So many! Locally, Nicky Grimsdale, Lisa Ball, Sarah Metzger, Rach Mellican, Nickie Hanley. Internationally, too many to mention!

For those of us that haven't practiced with you before, what can we expect from your classes?

A dynamic, creative flow filled with wisdom and philosophy, laughter and connection.

It's from the heart that I teach - a weaving together of body and breath, a connection to energy, a centring and a remembering of who we are and how we are.

What type of class could you teach all day, everyday and why?

Vinyasa flow

Do you practice any other form of movement or fitness besides yoga? If so, what kind?

Walking, swimming and kayaking

What's your go-to spot in Melbourne to get inspired?

The beach

Finish this sentence. "I feel the most like myself when..."

I'm in the ocean and when I'm in my breath

And lastly because it's fun, what's your spirit animal?

I did a quiz and it said snake because I am "powerfully connected to life force and primal energy." My kids say panda because I am chubby and zen.

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