Elizabeth Cooper Seay is a registered 500 hour yoga instructor with the Yoga Alliance and member of the International Yoga Association of Yoga Therapists. She received her Structural Yoga Therapy certification from Mukunda Stiles. She has studied with great teachers such as Darren Rhodes, Donna Farhi, Ana Forrest, Amy Ippolitti, Christina Sell, Doug Swenson, Ed Marks, Mary Obendorfer, George Purvis, Bikram Chodury, Kofi Busia, and Amy DeFilippi, and Mukunda began practicing yoga in 1997, blessed by two Integral yoga teachers who were both doctors of chiropractic; her first instruction was both spiritual and profoundly informed by the instructors’ knowledge of the body. A lifelong athlete, Cooper became diverted by more physically challenging forms of hatha, going on to become a Bikram instructor. After four years of teaching an average of fourteen classes a week, running studios and eventually opening her own studio, she came full circle.
Following her integral lineage she traveled to kerala India to obtain her Sivananda teaching certificate. It was in the Sivananda ashram that she was able to connect her earlier career as a musician with yoga through chant and kirtan.
After completing a teacher training in Bhava yoga with Peter Rizzo, Cooper began her current path and passion, teaching vinyasa in the Krishnamacharya lineage. Cooper currently ownes and operates the Antahsara Yoga Shala located in Clarkesville GA. Antahsara Yoga Shala is a part of A Garden For Wellness, a wellness center offering clinical hypnosis, acupuncture, massage, yoga, and chiropractic care.
Cooper’s personal yoga practice is defined by her love of vinyasa and her devotion to the eight limbed path.
As counterpoint to her hatha yoga, Cooper practices vippasana meditation as taught by SN Goenka. As a teacher, Cooper strives to integrate the tapas of a strong practice with the santosha of a quiet mind. She is sensitive to the perils of strong physical work in a culture that is body obsessed, and believes that only through the eight-limbed path can we become free from internal friction.
“The yoga shala is a laboratory, it is where we begin to observe our patterning. It is an amazing journey to become aware enough to observe, and in control enough to create more options for our behavior.”
“…Each of us is here to discover our true Self, to find out on our own that our true Self is spiritual, that essentially we are spiritual beings that have taken manifestation in physical form. We’re not human beings that have occasional spiritual experiences – it’s the other way around: we’re spiritual beings that have occasional human experiences.”
~ Deepak Chopra