Mark O'Brien

Classical, Hatha, Ashtanga, General, Partners Yoga, Chanting, Gentle, Pregnancy, Corporate, Japanese, Viniyoga, Dynamic, Kundalini, Seniors

Registered Senior Teacher


Registered Senior Teacher

Member No: 560


Mark O'Brien has been teaching yoga since 1996. Born in England, he moved to Australia and left a successful career in advertising to open Qi Health & Yoga in Sydney in 2001 with a vision to inspire others to lead a vital, healthy and happy life. 

He has since become one of Sydney's in-demand teachers and leads regular retreats, workshops and trainings locally and internationally. He holds Senior Membership of Yoga Australia and recently finished 5 years on its National Executive.

He designed the Qi Hatha Yoga Teacher training diploma course and is looking forward to leading it for its 10th year and to sharing the profound wisdom of yoga with sincere students.

Mark had a strong meditation practice before graduating from the Heart of Yoga teacher-training with Karen Schaefer and Mark Breadner and Mark Whitwell, (based on the approach of TKV Desikachar). He has since trained with many respected yoga teachers including further in-depth study with both TKV Desikachar and his son Kausthub Desikachar.

Mark continues to study elements of Tantra and Hatha yoga. His current teacher over many years is the inspiring Donna Farhi.

With a diploma in Remedial Massage and a background in meditation and somatic therapy, he remains in awe of the joyful way that skillful physical movement and attention to the breath can dramatically improve our moods, energy, health and outlook on the physical world. Flexibility – or lack of it – is of little importance in this approach, which is open to anyone who can breathe and sincerely wants to improve their life.

Qi Health & Yoga

02 9976 6880
Level 1, 9 The Corso, Manly, NSW, 2095

Qi Health & Yoga

+61 02 9976 6880
2 Moore Road (Corner Albert St), Freshwater, NSW, 2095

what people are saying about Mark O'Brien

Donna Farhi

Lead trainer Mark OBrien is a remarkable teacher and truly caring human being who has been a long time student of my approach. He fully embraces a model for teaching that fosters self-inquiry, the students own inner reference system, and an anatomically safe approach to body movement. Mark is a devoted practitioner not only of the physical aspects of Yoga, but of the deeper teachings of Yoga which can best be learned from one who is living this path.

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