Mark is a Brooklyn-based movement artist and educator. He designs classes to make you sweat…but more importantly, to make you feel good. His love of the body began at a young age through the local dance studio, and he went on to graduate with a BFA in Dance (Cum Laude) from Marymount Manhattan College in NYC. It was there, at the age of 18, that he was first introduced to Pilates and Yoga and he has spent the last decade teaching around the world, including a guest spot at New York University. He also holds a certification in Personal Training and Nutrition from the International Sports Sciences Association.
Mark is the founder of The Movement Culture Collective, an initiative to unite through movement, offering classes, healing, and education—all centered on creating a culture of self-worth. Through this, Mark teaches Pilates, dance, and cardio classes, as well as his signature moving mediation, which helps practitioners process heavy emotions, connect with their body, and feel alive in a safe space where they are seen and heard.
As a performer, Mark has toured professionally on four continents; danced with The Metropolitan Opera, Chase Brock, Todrick Hall; and performed in over 200 performances Off-Broadway with Company XIV. He is the recipient of a 2018 Dora Mavor Moore Award for his dance work in the Toronto production of Orphée.
Mark has been featured in publications like Well & Good, OUT Magazine, Men's Health, Rey, and Inked Magazine. To learn more about Mark visit markosmundsen.com and follow @markozzie and @movementcultureco.
This recovery class takes you through a quick core warm-up and slow stretch series using the foam roller. Learn how to release fascia with a foam roller. Fascia is the thin casing of connective tissue surrounding every organ, blood vessel, bone, nerve fiber and muscle, but over time and with overuse, this connective tissue can become tight and create tension and pain. This process can help restore range of motion, mobility, and flexibility throughout the body. This class was previously recorded on June 22, 2021. Props Required: a foam roller.
A low-impact burn that uses Barre and strength exercises to sculpt your entire body. Plus, learn how to easily incorporate an encouraging mantra into your practice for total-body self care and mindful movement. This class begins with core engagement, Chest Curls and Criss-Cross abs while lying on the mat, then traditional Barre Plies and Attitudes with pulses. Finish with a challenging plank series. This class was previously recorded on July 7, 2021. Props Required: a barre or surface.
This sweaty series builds strength, balance, and cardiovascular stamina using Pilates-inspired high-intensity intervals. Begin with a standing warm-up including Lunges, Rows, and Plank holds. Then work your biceps, triceps, and entire core with a variety of curls, raises, and Hollow Holds with optional hand weights. This class was previously streamed on July 6, 2021. Props Suggested: 1 set of light to medium hand weights.