Mark Fingerman

I teach Mindfulness Yoga + Meditation. It is breath based Hatha yoga and guided meditation combined to provide an oasis of vibrant, centered well-being. It is a mixed level class. Options are given throughout the class so that you can have a vigorous practice or a more gentle practice depending on your level of experience and how you are feeling that day.

Mindfulness Yoga refers to being fully present in each breath of each pose. This calms and stabilizes the nervous system, deepening the access to and effect of meditation. My movement style is based on the Inner Axis system by Max Strom, my foundational teacher, and includes elements of Ashtanga, Iyengar and Chi Gong.

Meditation enables mindfulness. It is strength training for the mind. Mindfulness meditation was taught by the Buddha over 2,500 years ago, practiced the world over since. It is not an inherently religious practice. It does not require that you quiet your mind. It is simply a way of paying attention.

Breath centric yoga and meditation are recognized by Western science as direct paths to: reduced anxiety, stress and depression; increased happiness; improved sleep, social relations, creativity and productivity.

Practicing mindfulness increases ability to both focus attention and consciously act (rather than react). It provides relief from constant mental chatter. This naturally leads to abiding equanimity, joyful well-being and an easier time getting better results at whatever you do.

I have been practicing Hatha yoga and meditation since 2000, and teaching since 2010, to the general public, military veterans, professional services providers (e.g., lawyers, accountants, investment managers, bankers, and their firms) and business people.

I am a Yoga Alliance certified yoga teacher (RYT 200) through Max Strom with whom I continue to practice, and Veterans Yoga Project. I studied teaching meditation with Dr. Lorin Roche.

My day job is as a lawyer/mediator, practicing mindfulness-based mediation at ADR Services in Los Angeles and teaching Functional Mindfulness in companies and professional service firms.  Prior to that, I was a civil trial lawyer for over 25 years. I live in Santa Monica, surf the local point breaks, bike and hike the local mountains.

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