In my 20’s I became a fitness professional to alleviate the back and neck pain of being dental assistant. In my 30’s, I became a yoga instructor during my psychology studies at SJSU utilizing yoga philosophy and meditation in my counseling techniques. In between my undergrad and doctoral education in clinical psychology, I continued my fitness and yoga classes. I developed a private business offering private yoga, energy therapies and coaching. Instead of completing my Doctorate, I instead focused on developing my energy skills and became a medical qigong teacher and Certified Energy Health Practitioner (CEHP) through the Association of Comprehensive Energy Psychology (ACEP). I recently achieved my certification as a nutrition coach to complete my expertise in transformational coaching. I just LOVE assisting others developing a healthy relationship with their bodies
I have many yoga and fitness certifications. My yoga studies have led me to India three times. I am currently AFFA certified in group fitness. Over the years I have worked with all ages, fitness levels, physical limitations such as injuries, strokes, illnesses, and cancer. I have had the honor to watch my students and clients achieve their goals.
Private sessions can be either one person or a small group who prefer a particular time of day to meet their needs. With private sessions I answer questions and provide feedback as the sessions proceed. Private sessions is great for time-crunched busy professionals who wish to cultivate better balance in life.
I help clients interested in gaining mobility, tools to cope with stress and anxiety, chronic pain relief, weight management, injury rehabilitation and preventive measures, improving overall physical and mental health, meditation, pranayama (breathing exercises), stroke, prenatal, post-natal, recovering from injuries, cancer, diet, working with the chakra/energy system, working with the acupressure system, and navigating life challenges.
Sessions can include Energy Medicine exercises, qigong for detoxifying the body and learning how to cleanse rooms, and overall fitness and health.
After 10 years of teaching group fitness, a yoga teacher trained me to take over her yoga class. The style of yoga she taught me is called TriYoga. I fell in love with yoga immediately because Yoga philosophy incorporated mental self-empowerment techniques towards wellness. Plus, my body was tired from teaching so many group exercises classes. I continued to train in yoga achieving Iyengar yoga training, vinyasa, restorative and yin, yoga therapy, yoga for breast cancer, and more. Most of my training is from Master-Teachers from the school of Krishnamacharya. I went to India to study with Krishnamacharya’s son Desikachar. I am most grounded in Desikachar’s yoga lineage. Other schools of yoga I have studied are Kundalini yoga, Sivananda yoga, Paramahansa Yogananda, Iyengar, Pattabhi Joice, Yoga tune-up and others. I have learned every school has a particular approach to working with the mind and body. Each school has their merits. I enjoy having an eclectic approach versus following one school. Learning many styles of yoga works well with my education in fitness to assist me in modifying yoga as needed for each student.
Debora Cohen is extraordinary. She has a well developed set of skills with yoga, kundalini and healing. I am very grateful for my time with Debora.
I thought you were a wonderful teacher. It was so nice hearing your familiar voice sharing all those positive affirmations with us. Everyone in the class seemed to enjoy it too. I was also thrilled that I was able to do as much as I did. I still have my flexibility, so I am NOT old!!!!
It has been amazing to work with Debora. She has excellent yoga techniques to help you calm@ relax your whole body. She is also very patient to teach every yoga position. I feel very relaxed after taking her classes.
Debora is gentle, knowledgeable practitioner instructor whose yoga classes are an absolute joy.
My approach to group yoga classes is incorporating the mix of my training for a whole-body approach. I incorporate details of the postures with my Iyangar training but use the time to incorporate the entire body. The entire body gets attention and awareness to health and wellbeing. This is because students time is limited and I feel it’s important to bring openness to the heart, hips and lower back.
To see if we are the right fit to work together, Send an email to email@example.com or text me at 408-219-7036. After we connect, I will send out paperwork giving you the opportunity to learn more about me and the work I do and for you to let me know about your goals. Private classes are on zoom or inperson.