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Meet John Cottrell: YA Lessons Instructor Interview

Meet John Cottrell: YA Lessons Instructor Interview


In every YA Lessons Instructor Highlights, we function considered one of our wonderful instructors and interview them so our members and readers can get to know them. This instructor spotlight is with John Cottrell.

YA Lessons, the net yoga and health membership by YouAligned, is host to dozens of unimaginable yoga instructors (and meditation, breathwork, and health lecturers too!). Our lecturers are all devoted, passionate, extremely skilled leaders inside their group and provide a singular type and method for our college students.

Hailing from Salt Lake Metropolis, Utah, John Cottrell is one such instructor. We admire his depth, we love his incredible educating type, and we additionally surprise how he finds the time to perform all that he has!

Along with educating yoga for the previous 20+ years, he’s a wellness professional, self-proclaimed holistic residing maestro, has authored over a dozen books (all accessible on Amazon), is the founding father of Mbody Yoga, hosts yoga instructor trainings and teaches on-line and weekly in-person lessons.

His background in scientific psychology, with a Ph.D. from Pacific Graduate Faculty of Psychology, elevates his distinctive mix of Western psychology and Japanese knowledge. Licensed as a Yoga Therapist, John bridges psychology and yoga to foster self-improvement and development.

John shares a bit about his clothes line, books and blogs, and baking:

“MBODY isn’t simply my enterprise; it’s a fascinating model reflecting my core values. Mbody Clothes breaks the gender barrier, providing inexpensive, fashionable males’s yoga apparel. My guide, Yoga With Intention, infuses yoga into day by day life, providing insights on obstacles, freedom, and steadiness. Enjoyment of my culinary creations at OneCakeWonder.com and discover my aware weblog posts.”

Wish to study extra about this unimaginable instructor? Learn on.

Get to Know Your YA Lessons Instructor: John Cottrell

We sat down with this beloved yoga instructor for a Q+A session so YA Lessons members and YouAligned readers can study extra about him.

YA: What’s your favourite self-care apply you’ll be able to’t stay with out?

John: My favourite self-care apply goes to the fitness center and lifting. I am going nearly on a regular basis. I begin with a little bit of cardio then select a physique half to give attention to for my lifting session.

Not solely does this really feel good for my physique, however I thought of my fitness center exercises an extension of my yoga apply. It helps me to focus and be extra in tuned with my physique. It additionally helps me construct energy to apply and train dynamic yoga poses in my Energy Yoga Lessons.


YA: What’s your go-to music or music style if you train (or apply)?

John: After I train yoga, I typically have some mild ambient music taking part in within the background. The amount is down fairly low. I don’t need the music to be a distraction to my college students. It’s there as a part of the general surroundings for the yoga session.

YA: What’s your favourite motivational quote?

John: “In case you keep prepared, then you definately don’t need to prepare.” I don’t know who initially stated this, however I heard it from RuPaul! I stay by that motto.

YA: What’s your favourite yoga pose? Least favourite?

John: My favourite yoga pose is Facet Angle Pose. I identical to how the pose feels because it opens the hips and higher physique. Unsure if I’ve a least favourite pose. I simply know there are some poses I want I may do higher.

Press play on Let’s Stability, a sluggish yoga movement with John Cottrell

Yoga Class

With John Cottrell


YA: When had been you first launched to yoga? Was it love at first asana?

I used to be educating a health class in an area fitness center that later launched yoga to their schedule. I took just a few lessons, and sure, it was love at first asana. This was in 1999.

YA: The place’s your favourite place on this planet you’ve ever been to, and why?

John: I’ve had the chance to journey to Peru a number of occasions in my life. This lovely a part of the world helped open my eyes to my function in life. Peru is the place I had the inspiration to begin my very own yoga enterprise. By working with a shaman, touring the land, and indulging in a number of the cultural practices, I used to be enlightened and impressed.

Learn extra about Peru: A Yogi’s Expertise Taking the World’s Highest Altitude Yoga Class On High of the Chachani Volcano

YA: What’s your most embarrassing second, both educating or in life?

John: I don’t assume I can share my most embarrassing second right here. LOL! However I’ll simply say that the expertise taught me to be extra conscious of my environment.



YA: What’s your #1 piece of recommendation for sustaining an empowered mindset?

John: My primary recommendation for folks is to deal with your self. Do issues that make you are feeling good and make you cheerful. Make sure that this stuff are additionally constructive and empowering. They may carry your spirits and open your coronary heart.

While you deal with your self with love and kindness, it then turns into an outward expression of your actions. I lately revealed a guide referred to as Embrace the Constructive: Letting Go of Unfavourable Considering. It highlights self-care and making a constructive mindset.

Create a Reasonable Self-Care Routine From These 17 Easy Practices

What’s one thing folks can be stunned to find out about you?

John: Folks could also be stunned that I get pleasure from cooking and baking . . . lots. I actually get pleasure from baking and sharing the candy treats with mates.

YA: Apart from your individual, what’s your favourite class or instructor on YA Lessons?

John: My favourite YA Lessons class is Gradual Burn with Ty Daye. He brings a taste of enjoyable when you apply with him. Makes you smile and really feel like a child once more!

Yoga Class

With Ty Daye


Wish to Join Extra With John Cottrell?

Join with John on social media and apply with him at the moment on YA Lessons!

John’s lessons are accessible, welcoming, and fascinating. Whereas he masterfully breaks down poses and breathwork in a approach that the latest newbie can perceive and embody, his educating leaves room for each degree practitioner to study, discover, deepen, and revel in. We really can’t get sufficient of John’s heat, ardour, and experience that he brings to the mat!

In case you get pleasure from his lessons, join with him! In case you haven’t but had the chance to expertise John’s educating type, discover him domestically in Salt Lake Metropolis or take a category with him at the moment on YA Lessons.

Take an On-line Yoga Class With John Cottrell

Yoga Class

With John Cottrell

We extremely suggest that you just take a look at his on-line yoga lessons on YA Lessons! Not but a YA Lessons member? You may attempt it free for 14 days.



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