Mark began yoga at 12 and was initiated with mantra by Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi when 24. He studied bharata natyam (South Indian classical dance) from 1994-2005 in Scotland and Kerala with his guru Priya Srikumar and her master Paramasiva Menon, who took Mark to Mookambika Devi Temple in the north of Kerala to dedicate his dance to the Goddess. Mark has practiced astanga vinyasa yoga and trained in kalaripayattu (martial art) in Kerala. His doctorate explored the synthesis of yoga, dance and martial arts. Mark is experienced in Thai massage and holds foundation certificates in anatomy, counselling and te reo.