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.


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 started teaching shortly after. In 2014 I moved to San Francisco for a job in Public Relations with hopes of beginning anew and pursuing my teaching. It was only a matter of time that I quit the corporate life and dedicated myself to my practice. I have since completed more than 500 hours with my primary teachers, Jason Crandell and Janet Stone and have been greatly influenced by Elena Brower. Currently, I am part of the teacher training team at The Pad Studios in San Francisco and am a writing contributor for Elephant Journal and Teach.Yoga.  

I teach a soulful, fluid, dynamic vinyasa class rooted in creative and intelligent sequencing with an emphasis on maintaining a balanced, even rhythm of breath. My years of dance and skating have inspired the fluidity and grace within my practice, but it is the power of breath and the path to stillness that continues to be my primary anchor. Through my classes I hope students find new ways to intimately connect with themselves— in body, mind and spirit— and to be inspired to live their yoga on and off the mat, discovering sparks of insight and magic along the way. 


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