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Kathy Cook

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Short presentation :

I am a certified Iyengar yoga teacher practicing since 1991 and teaching since 2000. I practice each day and continue to keep updated with training, certification and safety for the benefit of my students. In the recent 6 years I have focused my research, training and teaching to add yoga benefits at a therapeutic level encompassing the structural body, organs and mental aspects.

My style :

Iyengar

I attempt to create an environment for students to learn about themselves through the body, mind and breath while walking the path of yoga – self discovery.  As a teacher I call students to take disciplined action while inspiring them to see deeper than the surface of life. I hope to plant the seeds that will help them to grow beyond the limitations of their body and mind, embracing their strengths, weaknesses and vulnerabilities. The depth of yoga then leads us to discover the teacher within, guiding us physically, mentally, intellectually, emotionally and spiritually.

My gurus :

BKS Iyengar www.bksiyengar.com

Thic Na Han and Pema Chodron

My best Yoga memory:

My best yoga memory is linked to my first class and my recent time in India for the month of August 2014.

Back in 1991 I walked into my first yoga class. At the first of the class I realized these “exercises ” affected me at a profoundly deep level. I had just returned from moving house and family  from the US to Japan,  delivering my 2nd child, Alexis, and then moving back, all within the space of 9 months. At the end of the class an assist to the teacher, placed an eyebag on my ayes and asked me to “let go”. This permission was all I needed to allow the tears to come. These words along with the movement of body, attention to the breath and reflection all assisted me in going deeper to heal myself of my very busy life. I realized this would be my path from then on ….

In August, I visited Pune, India as I do every other year for a month to study with BKS Iyengar, Geeta Iyengar and Prashant Iyengar. Upon arriving I could see my teacher was not well and would not be with us much longer. Three weeks later at 95 he passed away, leaving behind all the students that he had inspired along this yogic path for so many years.

It was fast once it was final, the high caste Indian ceremony, prayers and preparation for the final

Time his physical body would be seen. We all walked to the cremeation site and with the rituals of the pyree being built with the sandlewood, ghee etc the pyr was lit. This man and teacher that lit the way for so many was now buring brighter than ever before. He was abaze in all of our hearts and minds. I felt so deeply touched and appreciative to have once so many years stumbled into one of his teachers classes. That changed my life.

My Yoga Searcher look:

Natural fabrics, fabrics that breath and allow the body to breath. Lovely colors, colors that smile, that are designed to be comfortable allowing for natural movement.

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