Mary Cooke

Santa Cruz, CA
United States

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I first found yoga when when my daughter, Elle was about two years old. I was dealing with a lot of stress in my life trying to manage a full time job and a two year old while my husband was out of town traveling frequently. Needless to say, I was struggling. I knew things needed to change so I quit my job and started practicing yoga. It was life changing. It instantly resonated with me and as I began to practice more I noticed that I was having less "frustrated Mama" moments and was able to remain more calm & compassionate during temper tantrums and life in general. Yoga was saving my life by enabling me to connect with the person I knew I was. I reacquainted myself to a calm steady love that was always there. I was having less "why did I do that" moments and it felt like home. I knew that was something that would be a part of my life forever and I've continued my practice ever since. I have now been practicing for about seven years. Two years ago I made a decision to take a leap and deepen my practice my practice by attending a yoga teacher training. This journey has opened so many beautiful doors including being able to be in service to the universe by spreading the teachings of yoga. If it saved my life, then maybe it can save someone else's, and thus change the world.
Yoga tradition says the that suffering is due to the misidentification that we are our external reality. Through yoga practice we realize that we already are this happiness that we seek and true contentment lies within. Once we embark on this journey, compassion automatically flows.
If you want something you've never had, you've got to do something you've never done. This new journey of teaching yoga has been eye opening and breath taking and I am so grateful to be be here now.