Interview: Mark & Cristina from YogaCoach

Interview: Mark & Cristina from YogaCoach

Who are Mark and Cristina?

We’re Mark and Cristina. Mark is known as a teacher of teachers and an international Yoga & Meditation Teacher. He founded YogaCoach and has been teaching for over 40 years, transforming thousands of lives with his wisdom and teachings. Cristina has passionately shared the teachings of yoga for over 13 years, she is a teacher trainer and international retreat host, focusing on transformational mentoring programs for yoga teachers and yoga coaching for women.

Together, we’ve been traveling and teaching for 9 years, creating powerful retreat and teacher training experiences. Our combined expertise and passion for yoga education drive us to help others reconnect with their true essence and lead fulfilling lives. We are dedicated to guiding our students to integrate the principles of yoga into every aspect of their lives, creating lasting and meaningful transformation.

Your retreat is called “High on Life – Retreat.” Tell us about it. How did it come about? What was the inspiration for it?

The “High on Life” Retreat is not just another yoga and meditation retreat; it’s a soul-recharging experience. This retreat came about from our collaboration with the Yama team and our shared understanding of what most people need: connection, presence, play, and raising the vibration to live a well-balanced and exciting life. We’ve crafted a full embodiment experience that helps people reconnect to their passion for life. Through practices from yoga, meditation, breathwork, ice baths, and sound healing ceremonies, we aim to ground, restore, recharge, and elevate everyone who joins us. The inspiration was our mutual desire to create a space where people can step out of their daily routines and reconnect with themselves on a deeper level.

What is your drive and mission?

Our mission is to help people live the best version of themselves through yoga. We believe that the yogic path and its principles are catalysts for deep and sustainable transformation. It’s not just about asana; it’s about a complete path that touches all aspects of life. We aim to guide our students to integrate these principles into their lives for lasting change and growth. We’re driven by the potential for personal transformation that yoga offers, and our focus is to support our students in developing a holistic practice that nourishes their hearts and connects them to their true essence.

Why did you choose Bali to host your retreat?

We’ve been hosting retreats and trainings in Bali for over 10 years and absolutely love it. Bali has all the elements that are essential to our lives: ceremony, healing, vibrancy, devotion, and nourishment. It’s a place that naturally supports the deep work we do in our retreats. Bali is more than just a beautiful destination; it’s a place of profound spiritual energy and culture. Hosting our retreat here allows us to tap into that energy and create a truly transformative experience for our participants. Bali is our home, and we believe it offers the perfect environment for the “High on Life” Retreat.

What projects are you working on right now?

Our primary focus right now is YogaCoach, where we run an online 300-hour Master training to guide people in becoming yoga life coaches. We also have House of Yoga, a yoga membership portal offering on-demand classes, workshops, masterclasses, and group mentoring sessions. We’re constantly working on new ways to expand our offerings and support our community. Both YogaCoach and House of Yoga are platforms where we can share our knowledge and help others on their personal and professional yoga journeys.

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Payments and cancellations

  • Early Bird Discount will apply if we receive the full amount owing by midnight of the cut-off date. To qualify for the Early Bird Discount, you must pay the FULL amount before, or on the cut-off date. Starting a conversation prior to the cut-off date for the Early Bird Discount does not necessarily qualify you for the Early Bird Discount
  • All Course Fees are to be paid in full.

Refund Policy

  • Yama Balian and YogaCoach reserves the right to cancel the event if necessary. In the unlikely event that this occurs, a full refund of all monies will be returned to the client.
  • If a student withdraws from the course before 2 months (8 WEEKS) of retreat start date, he/she will be refunded the full retreat amount.
  • If a student withdraws between 8 weeks and 4 weeks before the retreat start date, you will get a 50% refund. Due to our need to commit to accommodation and other arrangements in advance, exceptions to our policy cannot be made for any reason.
  • If a student withdraws with less than 4 weeks before the retreat start date, the amount already paid will not be refunded.


  • It is strongly recommended that students purchase Travel Insurance to cover any situation that may arise, such as illness, change of ticket dates, family emergency, etc. Students in the past have needed to use their travel insurance, so it is a very WISE investment.
  • ​85% attendance is required at each Yoga Teacher Training Course. In the event of sickness or other circumstances, YogaCoach will work closely with the student to ensure she/he can attain their certificate and transfer the money paid for the Yoga Teacher Training Course to another Yoga Teacher Training Course if necessary. This is where Travel Insurance comes in handy.
  • ​It is your responsibility to organize suitable travel and health insurance. Although we strongly encourage you to do so, you acknowledge that YogaCoach is not in the business of providing insurance products and cannot be held liable if your failure to arrange suitable insurance coverage leaves you exposed, medically, financially or otherwise. 
  • ​If you postpone your training fee to other courses due to personal issues. You will not be eligible for a refund.
  • Your course fees are not transferable to other students or other courses.
  • It is your responsibility to communicate with us in regards the progress of your course.

Force Majeur

  • Yama Balian & YogaCoach will not be liable for failure to perform any of its obligations under this Agreement during any period in which such party cannot perform due to fire, earthquake, flood, or another natural disaster, pandemic, epidemic, explosion, casualty, war, terrorism, embargo, riot, civil disturbance, the act of a public enemy, an act of God, or the intervention of any government authority, or similar cause beyond either party’s control, YogaCoach would not be liable for refunds, loss of income or investment

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  • We do not guarantee, represent or warrant that your use of our service will be uninterrupted, timely, secure or error-free. We do not warrant that the results that may be obtained from the use of the service will be accurate or reliable. You agree that from time to time we may remove the service for indefinite periods of time or cancel the service at any time, without notice to you. You expressly agree that your use of, or inability to use, the service is at your sole risk. The service and all products and services delivered to you through the service are (except as expressly stated by us) provided ‘as is’ and ‘as available for your use, without any representation, warranties or conditions of any kind, either express or implied, including all implied warranties or conditions of merchantability, merchantable quality, fitness for a particular purpose, durability, title, and non-infringement. In no case shall YogaCoach Ltd. our directors, officers, employees, affiliates, agents, contractors, interns, suppliers, service providers or licensors be liable for any injury, loss, claim, or any direct, indirect, incidental, punitive, special, or consequential damages of any kind, including, without limitation lost profits, lost revenue, lost savings, loss of data, replacement costs, or any similar damages, whether based in contract, tort (including negligence), strict liability or otherwise, arising from your use of any of the service or any products procured using the service, or for any other claim related in any way to your use of the service or any product, including, but not limited to, any errors or omissions in any content, or any loss or damage of any kind incurred as a result of the use of the service or any content (or product) posted, transmitted, or otherwise made available via the service, even if advised of their possibility. Because some states or jurisdictions do not allow the exclusion or the limitation of liability for consequential or incidental damages, in such states or jurisdictions, our liability shall be limited to the maximum extent permitted by law.