Lauren Cohen

Day in and day out, yoga is the practice that brings me home — 
home to my body, home to my breath and home to my heart.

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My Journey

My journey into yoga began as a search; a search rooted in a deep longing to connect with myself.  As a former dancer and competitive figure skater for nearly 15 years, I have always been fascinated by the mind/body connection. At an early age I discovered movement as a form of artistry and self-expression, yet over time my love for performing and competing turned into a quest for perfection  and external recognition.

When I stopped skating, I was looking to fill a deeply rooted void within myself. In what felt like a time of great desperation, I walked into a local yoga  studio in Cleveland, Ohio. Needless to say, I felt a spark of magic manifest on the mat. I felt connected to my body after years of what seemed like physical and emotional numbness. I was paying attention to my breath in a way I never knew I could. I was feeling and flowing right into the very depth of my being, and for the first time in a long time, I felt vibrant, inspired, awake and alive.

Very quickly, yoga became a very different form of artistry for me. I began going to classes everyday. I started volunteering at the studio and working at the front desk in exchange for classes. I found myself surrounded by like-minded individuals who shared many of the same interests and passions. I started to look beyond perfection and towards a life of contentment, curiosity and compassion.

 
 
 

“Yoga is the journey of the self, through the self, to the self.”
- The Bhagavad Gita

 
 
 
 
 
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My Practice

I completed my first 200-hour teacher training in 2011 with Marni Task in Cleveland, Ohio and moved to San Francisco in 2014. Since then I have completed more than 500 hours with Jason Crandell and Janet Stone and am continuing to study with Tias Little. I am currently part of the teacher training team at The Pad Studios in San Francisco and lead daily public classes along with retreats all over the world.

I teach a soulful, fluid and intentional class, weaving dharma and yoga philosophy in with creative and intelligent sequencing. I aim to share the teachings of yoga in an accessible and authentic way to inspire students to further explore and embody the essence of the practice — to feel more intimately connected to themselves and to all of life and to be inspired to live their yoga, on and off the mat.

 

What Students Are Saying:

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