Inspiring Yogi | Mark Burt

posted by Nancy Nelson

Mark has been a part of the #IYtribe for a long time. His story is one of growth and of personal introspection. We are honored to have him at Inspire as we witness his story lived out on and off the mat.

IMG_1603My practice has really been most focused in the last couple of years, before that it was on and off primarily driven by running injuries.

What changed?

About two years ago I took a meditation challenge at Inspire and a transformation took place. I was no longer practicing to solely recover from a physical injury. I started to explore and experience the growth within my yoga practice. 

Why do I practice yoga?

My answer is simple; it’s fun! Yoga is my place where I go and release all of the burdens life lays down on me. I treat myself to 75 minutes and play. Yoga for me is a place where you learn new aspects about yourself; where you are encouraged to explore the edge of your abilities and when you “fall out” it’s okay. In fact, at Inspire, it’s something that’s even encouraged.

My wife Kimela, likes to remind me that it took her 10 years to get me to try yoga. I would say something like yoga is not a “real workout” – and I was completely wrong. The physical benefits of my yoga practice have me at 54 in the shape I was in in my twenties, but that is not the important benefit. Yoga has released that inner child who is excited to try new challenges even knowing that at first, I will fail. That child who is not worried about what happened yesterday or what will come, but is focused on the play at hand and enjoying every twist, every balance, and even every wobble and tumble. 

I feel so fortunate to have connected with this community at Inspire Yoga. A place where everyone is supportive and encouraging. It’s not uncommon to hear a kind word of encouragement from one yogi to another which just makes your day. Inspire is also a place where the instructors are there to do more than guide you though a flow. They also teach and adjust you to improve your practice, enabling you to realize more out of your experience on the mat.


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Life has not been the same since finding Inspire Yoga in 2012. After the loss of a close friend, I found my mat to be a soft place to land in a difficult season of life. After attending classes consistently, I pursued the Inspire Yoga 200 and 300 hour teacher trainings and now hold my IYS500 certification as well as E-RYT200 and RYT500 with Yoga Alliance. I love sharing yoga with people and getting to offer a space for them to be just as they are - whether broken, joyful, happy, uncertain ...there is a space for you here at Inspire Yoga. My blog posts are a reflection of my passion for yoga and how it has impacted my life in such a healing way. I am the studio director at Inspire Yoga Denton and love doing life with such an amazing community! Outside of yoga, I am wife to Colin and mama to our sweet dog Ama. My faith makes me who I am.

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