One Love: Yoga and Jiu-Jitsu Workshop

One Love: Yoga and Jiu-Jitsu Workshop

  • Posted by Marcus MacDonald
  • On March 21, 2018
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March 31st, 1:30pm - 3:30pm
$20 for members $25 for Guests
$30 day of event
sign up at the front desk or
call us at 801.393.7625



The guy behind those purple and tortoise rimmed glasses. Spend just a little time with him and you’ll soon want to make friendship bracelets and hang out forever. He’s one of the coolest and most multi-dimensional dudes on this planet. Not to mention he’s kind, wicked smart and funny. Really funny. The kind of funny where you’re snorting juice out your nose laughing and he’s just there dropping comedy––cool as a cucumber.
We mentioned “smart.” Brody studied English and Human Communications and he has some mad talent with words. A little over a decade ago he started writing and performing stand-up comedy at Wiseguys in West Valley. He opened shows for Jeff Dye and Marcus Hardy (no big deal); more of his wordsmithing feats include writing for Backcountry and he’s a bona fide, published children’s book author. We said he was cool. And we meant it.
Brody is one clean eating sonofagun. Can we bold and underline and turn the sound up on that? Seriously… this guy hasn’t had so much as a Skittle’s worth of high fructose corn syrup in over 5 years. You wouldn’t think that eating sugar-free/vegan/paleo/keto could taste so dang delish until you try what comes out of Brody’s wok. Cooking with him is a real treat. This is one of the reasons it’s important to be his friend. Maybe he’ll invite you over for a chat and a snack. Accept that invitation EVERY time.
We are proud to have Brody as a part of our Front YogaLoft family. He completed his 200-hour YogaLife Teacher Training in 2017 and has been training Jiu-Jitsu for 2 years.


Brought to us all the way from the San Francisco Bay Area, Mark first landed here in Utah on a football scholarship to Utah State University. He graduated with a degree in secondary education and spent the next 21 years teaching English at Ogden High School.
With waist long dreads wrapped up in an off-center topknot, his disarming, super friendly, “hellooo!”, teddy bear hug and great big smile––once you meet Mark, you won’t forget him.
When we think of Mark, we think of a community builder. He is always out and doing and bringing people together all over this town. “One Love” and “Hug Life” are Mark’s peace cry. He inspires every dang one of us to get our act together and start treating ourselves and everyone around us with mad respect and kindness. AND to get involved. He’s a longboarding, bike riding, trail running fool and is down to try something new if the vibe is right and the people are kind.
Mark has been training Jiu-Jitsu since 1998 and earned his black belt under Pedro Sauer––who earned his black belt under Helio Gracie who is one of the boss men and founders of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Whoa… needless to say, Mark knows what he’s doing. He opened his gym here in Ogden in 2002 and we’re really glad he did.
On first blush, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is an intimidating sport and for good reason. Historically, this practice is known for joint-locks, chokeholds, sparring, grappling and ground fighting enough to leave anyone in a puddle of body parts on the floor. However, Mark’s approach to teaching Jiu-Jitsu has a greater emphasis on getting good and acquainted with yourself rather than trying to dislocate arms and pop heads off. Though, he can teach you that, too. Your first day on the mat in Mark’s Jiu-Jitsu class, you may as well leave your concept of yourself at home because it’s going to get wrecked––but in a really nice, snuggly teddy bear kind of way… if that’s a thing? Jiu-Jitsu gives you the opportunity to look at who you think you are, analyze it, sort through what isn’t working and build something better and stronger.
Doesn’t it just make sense that these two amazing human beings should get together to bring us a workshop? Yoga and Jiu-Jitsu. Two different flavours of awareness. Two great teachers. Right here at the Front YogaLoft. You can expect to flow a little, roll around a little, play a lot, have the most fun and learn some things about yourself and these two great practices.
Mark describes Jiu-Jitsu as “the friendliest ass-whoopin’ you’ll ever get.” So, get on over here and hug it out!


March 31st, 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
$20 for members, $25 for non members
$30 for everyone day of event
Sign up at the front desk
or call us at 801.393.7625