Shira Cohen is a devoted Yoga and meditation practitioner since 28 years, an international Yoga and meditation teacher since 10 years, and Ayurvedic Yoga Therapist. She passionately educates and encourages people to engage in rediscovering their inner beauty and power.
She is the founder of Yoga and Ayurveda for All, combining Ayurveda, Yoga and meditation to actively address specific issues and challenges. Using challenges to lead to personal growth and transformation.
Shira loves to draw on her vast knowledge of anatomy, meditation, philosophy and mythology and weave it into a well-rounded Yoga practice to create an empowering experience. Emphasising self-inquiry to activate perception of unconscious patterns within the body-mind complex, Yoga becomes transformational. Shira has the ability to guide awareness so consciousness can pierce and pass through. Finding our pure potential, we become The Change We Want To See.
Shira is known as a humble, knowledgable, dedicated, passionate teacher, a wise, and sometimes boldly direct friend, and a great support and inspirator in times of difficulties.
A class, workshop or session always integrates mind-body-soul. Her past experiences, the good, the bad and the ugly, informs her teaching. Her intention is to serve and motivate others through their past and distill the wisdom from their wounds.
Yoga and meditation have been a journey of devoted daily practice since 28 years. Together these helped me navigate through many life currents.
Just before my tenth birthday, the suicide of a very loved family member asked me to passionately understand, “What is the purpose of our life?”. Trying to reconcile the split between material and spiritual worlds, my search in my teen and early adult years led through depression, anxiety, anorexia and drug use, as I tried to connect the two. I discovered Yoga at age 15 and it helped me self regulate and move beyond these struggles.
The search to understand the meaning of life led me to study relation, living in diverse cultures, countries and kinds of company. Whether in the fields and valleys of Europe, Central and South American jungles, cities and villages of north Africa, or in the Himalayas, we all seek that deep sense of connection and identity through our relationships. This sense of belonging gives us a sense of safety, our lives’ joy can flow from this feeling of belonging and the meaning of ourlives can manifest.
Yet later in life when burn out, post natal depression and allergies, manifested, I realised Yoga and meditation alone were not enough to heal all levels of being. Being a single mother of a delightful daughter asked me to seek further still. Combined with Ayurveda, Yoga became the tool that empowered me to become a more conscious and connected, rather than a comfortably detached, human being. Over the past years, with in-depth study of Mantra, meditation, philosophy, psychology, neuroscience, and again that vital ingredient- relation, the practice has evolved to actually helped me move through physical, emotional and psychological traumas.
Yoga did lead me to an awareness where All Is Peace, Bliss and Truth, though it only lasted a few minutes at most, it is this very experience which I seek to integrate into the everyday exchanges and relationships with those whose path I cross. It is this same Essence, I know is awaiting and able to be reawakened in all beings through the practice.
Through a consistent practice I can come back to this Dynamic Beauty and Stillness, again and again. The more I walk the path of practice, the easier it is to find the way back. And sure, I still stumble, or take wrong turns. But no matter how often, the Path is always here waiting for our return.
Yet only we can walk that Path for ourselves. No one can make those steps for us!
This is my deepest desire, to guide and encourage You to begin the journey back to your inner power, through Ayurveda, Yoga & meditation. Embody your power. That is your birth right!
From the depths of my Heart I am grateful to Manuela Heider de Jahnsen, as teacher for 12yrs in the world of Asana, Yoga therapy and Ayurveda, Ganesh Mohan and Montserrat Gomez for their wonderful Yoga Therapy and humour, Pankaj Sharma, Judith Lasater, Julie Gudmestad and Usha Devi for enchanting and enhancing the study of Asana and anatomy, Rose Baudin for guiding me deeper into consciousness.
David Frawley, Dr Vasant Lad, Dr Robert Svaboda and Dr John Doulliard, for passionately and devotedly sharing their wsidom of Ayurveda, Mantra and Marma, and S. N. Goenka for the path of Vipassana. Uma Tuli-Dinsmore for enriching the Yoga Nidra experience.
I’m just as deeply grateful to All the students who have dared to travel into being with me, and taught me so much about myself, Life and the connection we all seek, and the light of Love and Being that lives between those moments of connection, and relation.
To me every creation in existence is a teacher, and the study of Yoga is as long as this journey called Life, eternal.