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Jyoti Shines A Light: Sean Cohen

It’s been a little while since we have shared a teacher spotlight. Now that summer is over, Jyoti – like many of you, is turning our attention to the practices that move us closer to our goals.  In this case, our goal is getting you better acquainted with our teaching family. 

The next person we’d like to introduce you to is Sean Cohen, a yoga instructor and martial artist.  Sean returns after a 3-month hiatus working at a yoga retreat in Hawaii.  We are so glad to have him back at the studio currently teaching our 7:00 p.m. class on Wednesday’s and our 5:30 p.m. class on Friday evenings.  When you learn a little more about him (below!), we’re pretty sure you’ll be excited to end your days with him. Register here!



What inspires your yoga practice?

What led me to yoga was a desire to deepen my spiritual practice and find some inner peace.  Through my practice I overcame a lifetime struggle of chronic depression and crippling anxiety.  I feel I am very fortunate because I’ve had the most amazing role models.  From my karate teacher getting me back on my feet and kicking my way back to life, to my first yoga teacher becoming like a big sister and “teaching me how to fish” instead of feeding me for a day.  By staying committed to my yoga practice I am able to maintain my goal of doing for others as my teachers have and continue to do for me.   

What made you fall in love with taking care of your body?

Through yoga, I discovered that you can’t take care of others without taking care of yourself.  It’s just like the old saying trying to pour from an empty cup.  I make sure to take care of myself first, so that I am able to give the best version of myself to others.

What does self-care mean to you?

Self-care is taking whatever steps are necessary to help you recharge so you can be fully ready for what life has in store for you.  We all experience times when we need to recharge in order to take on our day in the most positive and effective way.  Self-care makes that possible.

What inspires you most?

What inspires me most is the idea of being the bright light needed in someone’s dark tunnel.  You never know what others have or continue to go through on a daily basis and, a little brush of positivity could turn their whole day around.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?

If you want something, go get it!  Period!  … Will Smith

How do you ignite your inner light?

Doing things for others because I can – not because I should.  If I could brighten someone’s day, then my own day tends to shine a little brighter as well.