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Marcus is a registered and certified yoga teacher based in Chicago.

After graduating from Harvard University, Marcus found his passion for life and freedom through the expression of yoga. A lifelong traveler he quickly found himself teaching yoga classes. Everywhere from the skyline of Chicago to the beaches of the Canary Islands.

Marcus’ unique style brings a refreshing authenticity to yoga. As well as fostering closer contact and growth with his students through the transformative power of yoga.

Marcus Andre Dodd (also known as MAD) was born in New York, resides in Chicago, but is a citizen of the World.  “Happy is the man who knows how to distinguish the real from the unreal, the eternal from the transient and the good from the pleasant by his discrimination and wisdom.  Twice blessed is he who knows true love and can love all God’s creatures.  He who works selflessly for the welfare of others with love in his heart is thrice blessed.  But the man who combines within his mortal frame knowledge, love, and selfless service is holy and becomes a place of pilgrimage, like the confluence of the rivers Ganga, Saraswati, and Jamuna.  Those who meet him become calm and purified.”

This is my story

registered yoga teacher - yoga allianceMarcus is both a Student as well as a Teacher, deriving and constructing his knowledge from a variety of sources.  These sources include:

  • Academic Learning – Marcus is a graduate of Harvard University and the University of Chicago, both with Honors degrees. He is also a CPA / Chartered Accountant in the United States.
  • Athletic Experience – Marcus has won multiple awards in Track and Field, he is a former NCAA Division I athlete in Volleyball, and has completed the Chicago marathon.
  • The Study of Yoga – Marcus has practiced yoga consistently for more than 4 years in a variety of studios and completed his 200-hour yoga teacher training at Corepower Yoga in Chicago.
  • World Travel – Marcus has traveled to 5 different continents and 15 different countries on more than 30 separate international trips.

Marcus’s background and experience represent the union of multiple limbs that is essence and definition of yoga.  Namaste!


Marcus has traveled to 5 continents and 15 countries, Practicing Yoga along the Journey

South Africa






North Ireland

United Kingdom



The Netherlands





United States