Using an Elastic Yoga Belt (Doutta Galla)
CREATING THE DOUTTA GALLA BELT
Yoga Belt was developed by Mark Gibson of Melbourne’s Doutta Galla Yoga Studio in collaboration with iYogaprops. Mark is a senior Iyengar yoga teacher who has been practicing for 40 years. He has been responsible for several innovations in the design and use of yoga props and is one of the most creative adaptors of props to suit individual needs.
About Mark Gibson
Iyengar – Intermediate Senior 1 In the late 70’s, Mark’s interest in Yoga was ignited by his need to address a back injury. It was continued by the appeal of a non-judgemental philosophy that considered both body and mind in a practical manner. At this time yoga was definitely not mainstream and yoga mats were hard to come by, let alone all the props and clothing that today seem ‘necessary’. The focus was on practice and self development. Mark was fortunate to find Iyengar Yoga, a style of yoga that suited his practical inclinations.
After several years he was encouraged by his teacher, the late Valda Moore, to begin a teacher training course. Mark obtained his certification as an Iyengar Yoga teacher in the late 80’s. Mark taught at one of Melbourne’s first Iyengar Yoga schools, the Rathdowne Yoga Room, and eventually opened the Doutta Galla Yoga Studio with Sally Russell in the early 90’s. After many visits to India to study with Yogacharya BKS Iyengar, his daughter Geeta and son Prashant, he was granted a Senior Teaching Certificate in the mid 2000’s. Mark continues to teach at various yoga schools and retreats throughout Australia, including teacher training programs in Melbourne.
See this article about Mark’s journey in the Australian Yoga Life magazine – AYL Injury to Insight.