Yogapilots is a website dedicated to clear and science-based information about yoga. “Mark Anthony” Dellecave is the Founder and writes the blog articles and performs the podcast interviews with top yoga professionals.
A Note from Mark
Our goal is to bring yoga to people in a simple and direct way. At Yogapilots, we strive to be a clear and reliable source of information about yoga.
The history of yoga is somewhat clouded in mystery, which has led to some inaccurate (and pretty crazy) doctrine out there on the internet. The new age movement promoted homespun teachings about yoga, some of which run far from the origins and real meanings.
To get to the bottom of what yoga is really all about, I have read extensively, attended seminars at some of the best Yoga learning institutions, and studied with a wide variety of great teachers. If you develop a robust yoga practice, you will find your teachers are invaluable. I thank the many dedicated yoga teachers who have graciously taught and guided me.
The Yogapilots approach is to rely on the writings and teachings of yoga teachers with a proven history and lineage as our source of information. Two of the preeminent teachers we study are the late B.K.S. Iyengar and T. Krishnamachayara. Both of these men taught yoga for more than 50 years, studied and wrote extensively, and were highly regarded by their students and peers.
Richard Miller and iRest is another example. Richard and his team are some of the best people in yogic meditation in the United States. Richard Miller is the Founder, Executive Director and President of the Board of Directors Integrative Restoration Institute Richard Miller; Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist, author, researcher, yogic scholar and spiritual teacher. For over 40 years, Richard Miller has devoted his life and work to integrating the nondual wisdom teachings of Yoga, Tantra, Advaita, Taoism and Buddhism with Western psychology.
Yogapilots also looks to the growing body of scientific and clinical evidence supporting the mental and physical benefits of yoga. Whenever possible, Yogapilots brings scientific evidence into what we do. See articles in our “Proof That Yoga Works Section.”
Yoga comes in many styles — so many that the choice of what to practice can be confusing. We create yoga practices for busy people in clear language.
How I got into Yoga
I began practicing asana (the physical exercise side of yoga) fifteen years ago. I’d been exercising four times a week for most of my adult life – mostly traditional gym machine workouts with a little skiing, tennis, and basketball for fun. I ran a couple marathons, and maintained my fitness with five-mile runs. Then, I injured my Achilles heel. I had never tried yoga, let alone hot yoga, but a friend introduced me to it and I started practicing. After six months, my body felt great. When I returned to running I was in better shape than I had been before my injury… even though I hadn’t been doing any cardio.
Like many people who start practicing yoga, I found quickly that yoga worked for me — it made things better in many ways. I was stronger at 50 than I was at 25. My aches and pains mostly disappeared. My physical and mental energy ramped.
My home life is busy. I have two great teenage kids. I live on Long Island in Greenlawn, NY, where I coach teen basketball. I love to ski. If, like me, you are balancing activities and family and work — and all the surprises they bring — you too know that life can be hectic! We all need a little help to keep our bodies and minds at their best state of health and wellness.
Mark is a Level-1 iRest instructor who received his training from the iRest team, while at Kripalu. Mark did a Yogapilots podcast interview with, Richard Miller, Ph.D. who developed and created iRest, and became an enthusiastic advocate of the iRest meditation practice.
iRest builds resilience, cultivates deep peace, ease and well-being. Practiced resting while listening to an instructor. Common results are better sleep, reduced stress & anxiety and the reduction of the negative effects of chronic pain. iRest is backed by clinical research evidence, and endorsed by the U.S. Army Surgeon General as complementary and alternative medicine for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and the management of chronic pain, Read more and receive a free introductory iRest Meditation audio.
And About Yogapilots
I am lucky to have some great people working with me:
Darcy Miller, our Creative Consultant and Writer, is a certified vinyasa yoga instructor. She trained at Sonic Yoga in NYC, and has taught studio classes, corporate classes, and private lessons on both coasts. She is also a copywriter and screenwriter/filmmaker with her company, See in the Dark Productions and a graduate of Yale University.
We have great assistance with our web infrastructure and design from David Alexander Jones and his company Pixelloop. http://pixelloop.org