The yogic path is the journey of our union with the heartbeat of the Universe, the essence which resides in all of us. We are all One. Aum. We are Limitless. Ananta. We are all made of energy and our nature, just like the universe, is movement and change. Spanda
— Dawn DeLeonardis
 
 

Coco Teodoro

To move myself. 

To move others. 

To move the practice of yoga ahead. 

When I first started, yoga was something I needed to do for my own well-being, both health-wise and spiritually. 

But along my journey, I discovered a passion for teaching and—hopefully—inspiring. 

By observing the movement of real people in the real world I was inspired by a collective of yoga philosophy like Iyengar, Ashtanga, and Dharma yoga, and the world and waves around me.   I developed a standard sequence that begins with an awakening series leading into a beautifully bold vinyasa flow.  Partnered with the movement, the environment is created for the mover to push themselves through challenge with breath. True meditation exists within the motion.  The flow presents challenges to the student as opportunities to experience the truth of the body and its connection to the mind and spirit. There are no walls, boundaries or pinnacle point, the practice transforms as the connection to the soul expands.  Deep connection exists between the diverse members of our sangha, community. It is a real practice for real people. It is more than asana. It extends far beyond the mat.  It is an exhilarating flow for a free life.

 I look forward to taking my unique style, and perspective on yoga and movement to the next level with you.

Jane Irvine

So they say when you discover your personal legend that the first steps come with so much ease and peace.  Then the challenges seek you out in all forms of lessons and trials. From there, you recognize the waves, the ebbs and flows, and eventually the challenges make you smile because you recognize them as symbols of growth.  This is my yoga.  I live yoga and through it I came to know who I am.  Before the practice, anxiety ruled my thoughts and interfered with so much of my creative expression.  Now, I understand that I can make decisions and live so freely because I trust myself.  I trust my practice, my breath, my health, and my thinking mind.     

  I love to go upside down because in that moment, there is only consciousness and my world pauses.  Only my breath and the intensity in my own hands exist.  In those moments I learn stillness.  “The lake is still, When I’m quiet I heal, Only Love is real.”  -MC Yogi

So finding yourself is hard, serving others is finding yourself. Through love and passion we have the power to inspire others to live their best life.   I want to show you that Love is a state of existence.  Yoga will guide you to the thoughts that disturb the inherent health and well being that already exist at your core. Discovering your breath will allow you to trust that your happiness already lies within your soul. Soul seeking starts from within. First we build a relationship with the universe through deep breathing, then the layers. Strength first, then control, then sensitivity.  Every class is an opportunity to draw in like minds and create energy through flow that we can all experience. Once we practice together, you're in my heart.

Rachel Liciaga

By day I work in the IT field maintaining computer networks, never thought I’d be teaching yoga. A little over a year ago I embarked on this journey of self-discovery and fell in love with powerlifting and yoga. Through Yoga and movement, I've discovered parts of myself I never thought possible. My True Self, my strengths, opportunity, etc. but most importantly my CONFIDENCE, My voice. Every day is a new journey. I love to share my experiences with others who begin their relationship with yoga, opening their hearts and minds. When you enter the studio, regardless of what you’re going through, the asana allows you to challenge yourself, shed the monkey mind, to be vulnerable, free of labels, to be YOU!

Laura Deutsch

Happiest when surrounded by the five men in my life... 4 sons- and my husband. Eternally grateful for the simplicity of movement, and breathing in...and out.  Inspired by the incredible mentors, friends,

teachers and students that surround me each and every day to share my love of yoga with.   Beyond excited to continue on the path of sharing, learning, love, light, grounding and pure joy.  

Namaste 

 

Dominique Popescu

When you think about it, movement and sweat are two of the most important things we do as humans. We were never the biggest, most nimble or fastest in the jungle, but man did we adaptto sweat. We survived by banding together, running down and exhausting other animals and we could do that because we became really good at pairing our movement with an ability to sweat. I’ve been big into movement since I was a kid, I’m told I was fearlessly running around by 7 months old. When I think back on all the sports I played and the variety of hobbies I’ve picked up, it seems the only common thread linking it all is a love of movement. I’ve spent years teaching and motivating others to move their bodies because, after all, we survived through sweat and movement, we exist to move. I joined this tribe of dancing warriors and sun fish not too long ago, first, through the asana, then diving deeper into a Teacher Training. What I’ve learned? Some people feel their practice has changed their entire lives, they live their yoga with every breath they take, encapsulating the eight limbs, shining bright, carrying on with hearts full of grace and souls generated by love to serve the universe. I’ve also learned that sometimes, it doesn’t have to be that serious. As for me, yoga has helped unite the different aspects of my life I once thought were too eclectic to gel. The strong and the soft. The grounded and the flight. The science and the spirit. But look, this all begins with the work. Whatever you want your yoga to be, it begins with the work. Show up, move around, sweat it out, exhaust the body and wrangle the monkey mind because in the end, we don’t stop moving when we get old, we get old when we stop moving.

Christianne Gentry

Jeanine Donohue

I like to think about how we all have a different rhythm that we move to, a sequence we are trying to figure out. So, I want you to think of something you like to do… Personally, I like dancing and in the picture, you can see I love being near or in the ocean. Those are two of many things I enjoy doing and they make up parts of my tangible world. – whatever the activity is and with whomever we do it with, we all have our own way of finding our rhythm externally, but the true sequence we must figure out, is the one that connects beyond our experiences, beyond the people, and deep within us. I’m learning more and more every day that the rhythm we try to identify outside of ourselves, all truly centers and stems from the rhythm in our heart. Our heartbeat!  Sometimes we will dance in the dark, or dance in the vibrant light – but if we stay open, and trust the source of the beat, we will be alright! When we move with just ourselves, and listen to our heart we start to understand what we really want. It is a balancing act and it is aiming to be mindful as hell to know that every experience we sense around us, brings us closer to our true selves!  Every day, whether dark or light, I aim to be the purest form of me, to guide you to be the purest form of you – whatever that might be for that day. When we are confident within, everything we need is delivered to us in that same confidence. The community and experiences you surround yourself with should make you feel safe and supportive in finding your rhythm.  Find a space built with the most energetic heart beats. That’s what I am discovering here.

Hopefully we will cross paths and dance together in class soon!!  xox Keep it real people. 

Jenny Melton

Almost 2 years ago I walked into cocomotion. I saw beauty, flexibility, strength, and lots of sweat. I was intrigued. But I hadn't even discovered what I was really participating in. When I entered the studio I never imagined the opportunity it has bought to my life and others. Every time I came to the mat I felt a shift. I couldn't put words to it, I just knew things were changing. Then I realized I was feeling. I hadn't truly listened, truly felt, truly saw in a very long time. I was experiencing life through my own senses, not through the lens of others. Simply said, I was becoming aware. With awareness I fell in love. It took me a little while to quit the 3 gyms I belonged to. I kept asking myself is this real? Can I have everything I've been looking for through yoga? It sounded absurd, for I was brand new to the practice. As I continued to practice my perspective shifted more and more. Oh, it was real. But everything I needed wasn't right in front of me, it was all within me. I had the power. I had the ability. I was worthy of everything I had dreamed of. And that is what yoga is about. It is whatever YOU want it to be.The most beautiful part about yoga is knowing it all lies within YOU. There is nothing to strive for. Our purest selves reflect our deepest truths. Once I recognized my perspective shifting, my anxiety and doubts dissipating, and my happiness prospering I realized I was more than intrigued, I was madly in love. I had found passion. As soon as cocomotion said they were holding their first Teacher Training I was instantly all in, for I knew this love and passion had to be spread. I teach yoga for that reason only: to spread the truth of our deepest selves through movement, breath, and inner healing. Teaching is the most beautiful gift I've experienced and I am honored to be a part of such a supportive, inspiring group of human BEings. I will continue to spread the love and teach my soul out, but I promise you I am learning from you. You are the gift to this world.

Dawn DeLeonardis

We are spiritual beings having a human experience. We are a soul housed in human form, enduring the lessons that are intended for our personal evolution. The yogic path is the journey of our union with the heartbeat of the Universe, the essence which resides in all of us. We are all One. Aum. We are Limitless. Ananta. We are all made of energy and our nature, just like the universe, is movement and change. Spanda🌀 The answer to all of our questions reveals itself in the ebb and flow of breath and movement. Cocomotion yoga is a divine dance of becoming one with the present moment and all that there is. The practice is surrendering to all concept of space and time and merging body, mind and soul with the breath to ride the waves of this cosmic journey we’re on. This movement sheds your layers and aligns you with your very truth, if you’re willing to face it. The commUNITY of Cocomotion is a tribe of fearless warriors of light. They have become my soul family; they have given me the unconditional love and understanding to dare to be my authentic self.  The world is my yoga mat; this is my way of life. Yoga forces me to take a good hard look at every aspect of my life and apply its sacred wisdom. Dharma. It tears down my walls, breaks open my heart and illuminates my consciousness. My mission as an instructor is to inspire so much light in you that you have the courage to confront your darkness, liberate yourself from your labels, and walk your unique path. You have the ability to write your own narrative, trust yourself and be a magic magnet. You are a creative spark of the Divine. Who are you not to shine? The time to thrive is now!✨ Can you imagine what the Planet would be  like if we all practiced self-love and shared that beauty with everyone around us? This world needs your light! You have the power; you are the One you’ve been seeking. Yoga is the vehicle to becoming your Higher Self. Sat Nam 🕉

Ashley Schultheis

There's nothing that gives me more anxiety than having to write, especially writing about myself. But I'm sure the anxiety I feel right now is something similar to what everyone feels the first time they roll out their mat, the first time they make the decision to walk into a studio and try something different. But then something funny happens throughout that first yoga class, you start to breathe and with each breath the anxiety slowly starts to flow out of you and as I write this the anxiousness that I was feeling to write these words, slowly starts to lessen. One of the most important things I’ve learned throughout my yoga journey is that laughter is the best medicine. Everytime you step on your mat allow yourself to stop taking yourself so seriously. Let go of the feeling of frustration and let your breath move you freely. Laugh when you fall down, smile at the person next to you and #letthatshitgo. Acknowledge your progress and find acceptance in the struggle but most importantly smile and laugh. That shits contagious and what cocomotion’s all about. So next time you’re doubting yourself, let it go, put on a crown, eat the cupcake and have the drink. Be the badass warrior that you know you are. Hope to catch all you beautiful souls on the mat soon, you can find me in the front falling out of my crow

Kristen Drury

My primary profession is teaching high school students the movement, meaning, and energy that describes everything around us through the study of chemistry. I am passionate about guiding my students while they are learning how the world around them works. But while  chemistry can explain the energy, particles, and reactions within my body to describe my movements and emotions that represent me to some degree, I have to admit, chemistry does not describe ME. We are not only a body of chemicals in a world of chemicals. There’s something else present. Something else that gives us life. Yoga helped me understand the rest of ME that cannot be described by pure science. So when I chose to teach yoga it just made sense. Yoga allows me to teach about the physical and chemical body through movement and help us understand our minds and existence through philosophy. I love to get lost in the asanas of a rigorous vinyasa flow, blood pumping through my veins, sweating out the frustrations of my day, and transcending the physical/chemical world by connecting to my metaphysical mind. Show your chemical body some love by working out each cell of your body; the cells that devote themselves to you each day. Clear your mind through vinyasa, to leave class refreshed and refocused on what is most important... YOU. 

Laura Ruhnke

Katie Brush 

What’s beautiful about a yoga space, is that everything is stripped away here. You park, take your hands off the steering wheel, and hand over the keys (control) to someone else. You walk in the door and leave your ego in the parking lot. You kick off your shoes and shove them in the cubby along with the stress of the day. You sit on your mat, take a deep breath, feel your heart beat, and find your peace.  We’re each here for a reason. I practice and I teach because 7 years ago, at a time when I was feeling heavy with anxiety and pain, I took a class that altered my path in life. The Savasana brought me home to myself and the practice has healed me with every breath thereafter. I teach to facilitate and witness those moments for others. I teach to make the practice accessible for every body despite their pain, fear, experience level, or genetic makeup.  We all have a purpose. I believe this practice has the invaluable ability to amplify our gifts and create a positive impact on every aspect of not only our individual lives but the collective. I believe it allows us to heal ourselves and with continued practice heal the world around us. Together we breathe, we move, and together we rise.

Casey Bozydaj

I recently moved down from New Paltz NY & am grateful to be a part of this incredible Cocomotion community. I started my yoga endeavor in NYC taking Ashtanga & Jivamukti classes 18 years ago, scary I’m dating myself that much. I dove right in to how physically, mentally and meditatively challenging these classes were. I was fully enveloped and passionate about yoga as many of us feel. I trained in Ashtanga-Vinyasa Yoga at Yoga Yama Studio Patchogue in 2001. I continued with a week long Ashtanga Yoga Teacher Training with Manju Jois at the Yoga Shala Studio Winter Park Florida in 2009. With roots going deep in Ashtanga Yoga that influences the design of my classes but I love to bring in the variation of vinyasa yoga as well. I try to crate a space to safely guide you to the edge of your practice with lots of thoughtful hands on assists, keeping it light and simply holding space for your practice. Every time we step on to our mats we’re feeling different in body/mind and I hope to meet you where you are for that practice. 

Deidre McCormick

My yoga journey started almost 9 years ago. I went through a very tragic time. Losing my first son at 7 months pregnant (to an unknown cause.) I searched desperately for pain (heartache) relief in a holistic way. Yoga was suggested many times and I felt I was at the point of trying anything. I decided to take a yoga class and try something new, something for myself. One class was all it took for me to be hooked to the practice. I remember leaving and thinking “wow, for the first time in months my mind feels clear” I actually let go of the “monkey mind” the “chatter brain” that never seemed to stop. The thoughts of “what ifs” and “how” and “why”.  They all started to disappear during that class and more and more as I continued  to practice. I began to see my life in a different light in a more positive light..  I went on and now have 2 more beautiful healthy sons and an amazing daughter  (7, 4, and 2).  As my life continued to change over the years I’ve felt the struggle of falling in and out of my practice. I decided to dive in deeper to yoga after the birth of my daughter. Finding cocomotion (the studio and the practice) it spoke to me in a different way. It changed my views it changed my perspectives in life and decided to go through my teacher training. I left my career of 10+ years and let go of all the baggage I’ve been carrying around my whole life. I took a chance and I let go. Which brings me to my Teachings and practice today. I live a very full busy life running around after my 3 kids and pregnant with my 5th. (I know crazy).   Life gets crazy and some days I can’t keep up with it. But every time I come to my mat the awareness and present is brought back to me. Yoga is a practice. Some days it’s there exactly the way we want and some days it’s a struggle. Whatever the day is I try to bring the reminder that it is a practice and it’s always our own. We own our own practice and make it how we want. It’s a moment of clarity. It’s a time of realization and reflection.   An inhale of love and an exhale of gratitude. 

Nicole Dornicik

We are always striving for balance in life and although life is never perfect I'm content with where my balance is at this moment in time. I'm an audiologist, a mom, a wife and I get to teach a little yoga too. I've always wanted to be where I am today but you never know where life is going to take you. Our practice allows us to meet so many in our community and allow each individual the chance to find their own bliss. The beautiful part of yoga is that while I am guiding others using my voice for their benefit, it is also bringing me into a more meditative state.  When you roll out your mat that is your little rectangle of real estate that's all for you, no matter what brought you into the studio that particular day.  Carving out that hour or so for you, no matter how busy life gets is so crucial to keeping that balance. I don't know know where I would be with out yoga, without our studios. If you haven't given us a try or it's been awhile come back and see why we all love it so very much. See you on the mat soon!

Erica Powers

Lost and found. Quiet and loud. Here and now. Who am I?  What is my purpose? Am I Iiving my most authentic life?  I actually find myself asking these questions frequently and although I've not yet discovered all of the answers, I know that through my yoga practice, both on and off the mat, I will figure it all out in time. Just like that asana you've been working towards suddenly reveals itself to you, I believe I too will be revealed with patience, practice and passion. This is why I love yoga... it is the why, the how, the what - the answer. I teach yoga to learn and to serve, to help guide you on your own journey of self-discovery and realization, and to share my love of this magical, healing movement with every beautiful soul that walks into our studio. I feel so fortunate to be a part of this loving, accepting, supportive and strong commUNITY - you all remind me to appreciate this amazing gift of life. So here it is: a piece of my purist thoughts. Perfectly imperfect, happily in the grey, finding peace in the chaos, freeing up space within to simply dig deeper.  Who am I?  I'm a wife, a yoga teacher, a PICU nurse, a dog mom and most of all a human, whose riding the waves of my life and allowing yoga to help guide me through it all.   Let's leave it all on the mat... I'll see you there :)

Kate Carrara

Growing up there was always an underlying sense of being lost. I didn’t know who I was, who I was meant to be or even who I wanted to be. One thing I knew was that I always loved being active but could never find that niche. Around 2 years ago I walked into Cocomotion and found that niche. A space that I went to for a workout turned into a second home. Aside from the asana, I learned a sense of community, I learned to take time to breathe, and I learned how to let go and just live.  Another thing I always knew was that I wanted to help others. When we come to the mat, everything else in the world disappears. This practice taught me how to not only do some really cool things like stand on my head, but it taught me how to live my best life and to truly be happy. To think that I could be a part of changing someones life, day, or even just an hour for the better sets my soul on fire. See you on the mat loves, namaste.

Catherine Coffey

I started practicing yoga when I was in high school. I can still remember sitting in my first class thinking what did I get myself into, there was so many poses, I could not balance and I was working muscles I didn’t even know I had. But I kept going back, my practice continued to grow, and after each practice I felt I was standing a little taller and it felt like a weight was being lifted off of my shoulders. Yoga for me, like it does for many, started out as a physical practice, I thought it was a great workout, but it has turned into so much more. Yoga is a practice of movement, but it’s through this movement that I can find stillness, that I can find peace. Day to day life is crazy and stressful, but through this movement of yoga, through this practice of linking the breath with movement I find my stillness. When I come to my mat everything melts away, I shift my awareness to my breath and I don’t have time to worry about anything else. Yoga helps me to stay present in the now and to forget about what happened the day before and let go of what might happen tomorrow.