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.
When I turned 50, I read about 5 antiaging books authored by MD's regarding research on effective usually expensive antiaging treatments. I was floored to discover Meditation was researched to be just as effective as every every treatment, hormone, and pill towards reversing the signs of aging!!
• Yoga may improve blood circulation by increasing red blood cells.
• Yoga has been shown to lower cholesterol and triglycerides levels.
• The combination of controlled breathing and relaxation techniques associated with practicing Yoga may decrease the respiratory rate.
• For some, lung capacity improves due to the deep, mindful breathing used in yoga.
• Several yoga postures are known to massage internal organs.
• Yoga has been shown to improve gastrointestinal functions.
• The immune system may be strengthened due to the specific movements involved in yoga that are particularly well-suited for getting the lymphatic system flowing. The lymphatic system boosts immunity and reduces toxins in the body.
• Yoga may increase vitamin C levels in the body, which also helps boost immunity, and is a powerful antioxidant.
• Certain yoga poses are believed to improve metabolism while regulating and controlling hormone secretion.
• Yoga improves overall balance by strengthening the core muscles.
• Yoga has been shown to improve depth perception by helping practitioners become aware of their body and how it moves.
• Yoga may maintain and/or improve eye-hand coordination, which has been shown to decrease without practice.
• Greater dexterity may be achieved with a strong mind-body connection and increased flexibility gained through yoga.
• Yoga improves coordination by challenging different parts of the body to move together, which results in more graceful and efficient body movements overall.
• With increased strength, flexibility, and body awareness, posture is improved.
• Reaction time may be improved thanks to the faster rate of processing and improved concentration gained from yoga.
• In yoga, if a muscle group is worked in one direction, it will also be worked in the opposite direction, resulting in better overall balanced strength.
• Joint range of motion is improved and/or maintained through dynamic and static flexibility work. Yoga may also increase lubrication in the joints.
• Yoga not only improves flexibility, but may also release lactic acid build-up which can cause stiffness, tension, and fatigue.
• Yoga has been shown to improve sleep in part by learning to fully relax mind and body. • Yoga stimulates the body’s detoxification process, which has been shown to delay aging.
• Yoga not only strengthens the body, but also improves endurance. This may be why yoga is frequently used by endurance athletes as a supplement to sport-specific training.
• Heart disease. For many, yoga reduces stress, may lower blood pressure, may help control weight, and improve cardiovascular health. All of which lead to reducing the risk of heart disease.
• Osteoporosis. Yoga has been shown to lower levels of cortisol, which may help keep calcium in the bones. Also, due to the physical nature of yoga and its weightbearing exercises, it has been shown to strengthen bones and help prevent osteoporosis.
• Alzheimer’s disease. Yoga may help elevate brain gamma-aminobutyric (GABA) levels. Low GABA levels are associated with the onset of Alzheimer’s disease.
• Type II diabetes. In addition to its glucose reducing capabilities and the encouragement of insulin production, yoga is also an excellent source of physical exercise and stress reduction, which can serve as an excellent preventative for type II diabetes.
• Asthma. Some evidence reveals that there is a reduction in asthma symptoms with regular participation in yoga.
• Arthritis. The slow, deliberate movement of yoga poses coupled with the gentle pressure exerted on the joints provides an excellent exercise routine that may relieve arthritis symptoms. In addition, the stress relief associated with yoga loosens muscles that tighten joints.
• Multiple sclerosis. The MS Society now recognizes yoga as an excellent means of MS management. Through yoga, there may be an improvement of balance and posture which can improve the quality of life for those diagnosed with MS.
• Cancer. Cancer patients fighting or recovering from cancer who practice yoga have shown an improvement in strength, a rise in red blood cells, as well as experience less nausea during chemotherapy. All this has shown to improve overall well-being.
• Migraines. Regular yoga practice has been shown to reduce the number of migraines in chronic migraine sufferers.
• Chronic bronchitis. Exercise that does not elevate respiration, yet increases oxygen levels in the body is ideal for treating chronic bronchitis. Luckily, gentle yoga can do this. Please note that it is beyond our scope of practice to guide those diagnosed with COPD in breathing exercises.
• Constipation. Thanks to certain yoga postures and overall better posture, the digestive and elimination systems may work more efficiently.
• Menopause. Yoga practice may help control some of the side effects associated with menopause and pre-menopause.
• Back pain. Yoga reduces spinal compression, and helps overall body alignment to reduce back pain.
• Chronic pain. Pain tolerance is shown to be much higher among those who practice yoga regularly.
• Parkinson’s disease. A study out of Cornell University showed those diagnosed with PD who practiced yoga showed less trunk stiffness, enjoyed better sleep, and experienced a general feeling of well-being.
• Diabetes. Yoga was found to reduce complications from infections, which could be problematic for those with diabetes.
In addition to the physiological benefits of yoga, we also find many psychological or emotional benefits related to the practice of yoga. Some are due to the strong mind-body connection; others to the role breathing plays in the practice of yoga; while others are directly related to certain sequences of postures.
• Well-being. Overall well-being may improve. Yoga is thought to dominate the subcortex region of the brain rather than the cortex (where other forms of exercise dominate). Subcortical regions are associated with well-being.
• Stress Reduction. First there is a decrease in catecholamines, the hormones produced by the adrenal glands in response to stress. Second, by improving concentration, one may learn to focus their attention on the matter at hand, thereby reducing the emphasis on the daily stresses that can occur. Lastly, due to the controlled breathing used in yoga, there can be a reduction in anxiety.
• Self-acceptance. Self-acceptance can be realized with the understanding that perfection is not the goal of yoga. Also, the introspective and self-building nature of yoga may remove any need for negative self-talk.
• Self-control. Awareness in self-control may improve as the controlled movements of yoga teach us how to translate that self-control to all aspects of life.
• Concentration. Attention sharpens, as it is required in yoga to maintain structured breathing in conjunction with movement. This may improve the ability to maintain a sharp focus on specific tasks in daily living.
• Memory. Memory may be improved through enhanced blood circulation to the brain, as well as a reduction in stress.
• Calmness. Calmness is achieved by stimulating the parasympathetic nervous system. Unlike other forms of exercise, which stimulate the sympathetic nervous system providing a fight-or-flight sensation. Yoga has also been shown to lower the levels of hormone neurotransmitters—dopamine, norepinephrine, and epinephrine—which create a feeling of calm.
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McGonigal, Kelly, Ph.D. Yoga for Pain Relief: Simple Practices to Calm Your Mind & Heal Your Chronic Pain (Whole Body Healing). Raincoat Books, 2009
www.mymsyoga.com—National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s My MS Yoga with Baron Baptiste and Dr. Elliot Frohman www.arthritis.org/yoga—The Arthritis Foundation www.diabeteswellbeing.com/diabetes-yoga—Information on Diabetes and Yoga www.webmd.com—Many articles on the health benefits of Yoga www.mayoclinic.com—Many articles on the health benefits of Yoga yogaalliance.org—International professional organization provides support services and yoga teacher certification
Summery of Research and Resources are provided by AFAA . Debora Cohen is AFAA certified and AFAA Sunrise Yoga Certified. Sunrise Yoga is a gentle approach to yoga accommodating all fitness levels without the use of props.