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NewLife Expo Founder Pioneered Natural Wellness

Entrepreneur Mark Becker—nicknamed “Yogiman” by Robin Williams—created NewLife Expo in 1990, bringing it to New York City, Florida, Seattle and Chicago. Since then, he says, it’s become America’s longest-running expo and a staple in NYC and Florida, not only as a conference but also as a community of like-minded people. 

And now, by popular demand, Becker is bringing NewLife Expo to Long Island. The event is set for June 4-5, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. both days, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Hauppauge. It will feature more than 60 lecturers, exhibitors and panels on holistic health, metaphysics and alternative medicine.

“At NewLife Expo, people gather to meet and hear from renowned experts in conscious living, such as Deepak Chopra, Dr. Oz and James Van Praagh,” Becker says. “The expo also showcases exhibitors from around the globe, creating a venue where New Yorkers and Floridians can sample cutting-edge products and services. NewLife Expo’s goal is to communicate how we should take responsibility for our own health. We need this more than ever now."

Even before Becker launched NewLife Expo, he was known locally as the owner of Serenity, NYC’s first yoga center and herb shop. A master yogi who has trained tens of thousands of yoga students and more than a thousand yoga teachers, Becker has taught at Hunter College, Boricua College, and even Juilliard. He is also a master herbalist. Serenity, which opened in 1975, carried more than 400 herbs in bulk, giving New Yorkers their first place to buy herbs in capsules or tinctures. 

“When I first wrote about people doing yoga, taking herbs, drinking wheatgrass juice, having air and water purifiers, taking vitamins, drinking bottled water, or using crystals and magnets, people thought I was crazy,” Becker says with a laugh. “Maybe I was, but I wasn’t stupid. Sometimes I feel like a have 20/20 vision and the rest of the world is wearing bifocals.”

Admission: $10 per day. For more information, visit

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