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mark l chaves

Independent Consultant, Writer, & Photographer

Mark became a consultant, writer, and photographer after working in the software industry for 20 years in Fortune 500 companies. He recently transitioned from his roles as a Wellness Consultant and Activity Coordinator for COMO Hotels and Resorts. Yoga came into Mark’s life in the early 2000s as a way to “cross train” the physical body. His teachings come from the Raja or Royal Yoga lineage from India and Vajrayana Buddhist philosophy from Bhutan.

Mark is a certified RYT 200 with Yoga Alliance, certified Sport Rock Climbing Instructor with the Singapore Mountaineering Federation, and certified PADI Divemaster. He was previously a certified snowboard instructor with the American Association of Snowboard Instructor’s and raced with the United State Cycling Federation and National Off-Road Bicycling Association. Mark was also an avid surfer, sailor, ice hockey player, and competitive tennis player.

While living in Southern California, Mark worked with at-risk youth teaching rock climbing, snowboarding, and surfing. He lives in Bali, Indonesia where he writes, photographs, and provides training workshops.



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Life Lessons from the Inspiration behind Star Wars

A Couple of Life Lessons from a Master Filmmaker

I don’t recall ever thinking of anything so deep as the force until I saw the original Star… Read more

5 Books that Should be on your Yoga Instructor’s Bookshelf

This is a 'top 5' list of books that should probably be on your bookshelf if you are a Yoga Instructor. Just ike my teachers, these texts that I am about… Read more

Deepening Your Child’s Pose

Have you ever thought about the meaning behind "Child's Pose" aka Balasana? The meaning of this pose lies in the our spine's very first Primary Curve. Read more

Does practising Yoga have anything to do with Emotional Intelligence?

Why are corporate "suit" types practising Yoga and Meditation? What is all this hype about Emotional Intelligence (EI or EQ)? And why are Yoga practitioners… Read more

Personality and Attitude: Will the Real YOU Please Stand Up?

"Don't get confused between my personality and my attitude. My personality is who I am; my attitude depends on who you are."
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What’s An Advanced Yoga Practitioner?

“I am not good at Yoga. I am not advanced. Is Yoga hard?”
If I had to do a scientific study (hmmm maybe, I will) on the very… Read more

Personal Growth – A Study in Maturity

Before I became a full-time Wellness Consultant, I worked as an Engineer and Senior Technical Manager for Fortune 500 companies for 20 years. I have a… Read more

Cleansing the mind

Recently, a colleague sat down with me and asked me some questions about Yoga. Yoga, as you already know, can be a very broad topic. We ended up going… Read more

What is Yoga according to Mark Chaves - Bali based Yoga Instructor

One of my main duties is to share knowledge of Yoga.  Read more

Compassion - the key to a whole and happy life

“Way back when I was a young lad in the military” [always wanted to say that]. Anyways, I was in the military once upon a time.  Read more