My Yoga Journey


How can yoga help you through trauma and healing as you journey towards awareness, acceptance, and finally surrender? Yoga teacher Annette Cohen looks at what yoga has brought to her life and how it has helped her on multiple levels.

I came to yoga in 1999 as part of my recovery from a life-changing trauma. I had been left emotionally, spiritually and physically bankrupt. I no longer knew who I was and where I was going but I knew that I needed to recover myself and for that, I needed to know who I was.

The child who loved to stand on her head

When I was a toddler, I used to stand on my head constantly. I liked the view of the world from this angle. I had got involved in gymnastics as I got a bit older, but I was not built for the pressure of the gruelling training, or well equipped for dealing with its competitive nature.

Yoga gave me the capacity to reconnect with that child who loved to stand on her head and nurture her in ways that would be of benefit to her for the rest of her life.

In 2005 I trained to become a Yoga teacher at the Sivananda Ashram in Grass Valley California. That teaching, passed from teacher to student in traditional Ashram setting, has rounded me into a person who can integrate yoga into every aspect of my day. Classical Yoga covers all aspects of yoga, relaxation, pranayama, kriyas, meditation, asanas and diet.

Yoga – a design for living

Yoga means union and today that word has a place in every aspect of my life. The human need for connection/union is so important to health in all areas. Yoga is a design for living, a way to stay connected with my intuitive self while staying in my body and respecting the connection between body and spirit.

Annette Cohen yoga teacher
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My Yoga Journey

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