Mark Lilly is the founder and Board President of Street Yoga, an internationally recognized non-profit which provides yoga and mindfulness classes to at-risk populations in Portland and Seattle.
Mark is a mindfulness and communication trainer who has taught workshops all over North America to widely diverse audiences including physicians, nurses, social workers, police officers, therapists, and countless others. Mark has developed many specialized mindfulness curricula in addition to the core and advanced Street Yoga trainings, including specialized work for young people recovering from sexual abuse, and workshops for adults moving through entrenched traumas or grappling with high-intensity communication situations.
For Mark, yoga is an everyday survival skill, a practice he has shared with thousands of youth through Street Yoga. He still lives with the tremors of traumas past and realizes the delicate line between suffering and awakening. His teaching emphasizes cultivation of the best within each of us by using the authentic stories and experiences that illuminate our being and drive our teaching to places of deep truthfulness.
Mark has developed the core and advanced Street Yoga trainings as well a yoga curricula used for specialized work with young patients recovering from illness or injury in the hospital, for young people recovering from sexual abuse, and workshops for adults moving through entrenched traumas or grappling with high-intensity communication situations.
Through it all, he brings a lightness and love to his teaching that is rooted in humility, grace and joy.
We were giving, that’s how we kept what we gave away.
Comes a Time
What Led to the Specialization of Trauma?
Mark shares an incredible story about his own traumatic experience, how that eventually led to yoga, and then not only to his work with other traumatized individuals, but to his own healing as well.
When I am able to be as authentic and honest as possible I am able to see love everywhere and to see that that’s the source of everything on the planet… I can’t imagine doing anything else or living any other way.
- Trauma is important… but focusing on trauma exclusively is like focusing only on the dark side of the moon.
- Always look for the resilience and the strengths first.
- Really understand the power and completeness of each amazing breath.
Mark’s go-to books
- I Am That, Nisargadatta Maharaj
- The Second Coming of Christ: The Resurrection of the Christ Within You (Self-Realization Fellowship) 2 Volume Set, Paramahansa Yogananda
- The Body Remembers: The Psychophysiology of Trauma and Trauma Treatment (Norton Professional Book), Babette Rothschild