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Meet John Cottrell: YA Courses Instructor Interview

In every YA Courses Instructor Highlights, we characteristic one among our wonderful instructors and interview them so our members and readers can get to know them. This trainer spotlight is with John Cottrell.

YA Courses, the web yoga and health membership by YouAligned, is host to dozens of unbelievable yoga instructors (and meditation, breathwork, and health academics too!). Our academics are all devoted, passionate, extremely skilled leaders inside their neighborhood and supply a novel fashion and strategy for our college students.

Hailing from Salt Lake Metropolis, Utah, John Cottrell is one such trainer. We admire his depth, we love his improbable educating fashion, and we additionally marvel 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 out there on Amazon), is the founding father of Mbody Yoga, hosts yoga trainer 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 progress.

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

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

Wish to study extra about this unbelievable trainer? Learn on.

Get to Know Your YA Courses Instructor: John Cottrell

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

YA: What’s your favourite self-care follow you possibly can’t dwell with out?

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

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


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

John: After I train yoga, I typically have some gentle ambient music enjoying 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: “Should you keep prepared, then you definately don’t should prepare.” I don’t know who initially mentioned this, however I heard it from RuPaul! I dwell 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 gradual yoga circulate 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 a neighborhood gymnasium 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 the earth you’ve ever been to, and why?

John: I’ve had the chance to journey to Peru a number of instances in my life. This stunning a part of the world helped open my eyes to my function in life. Peru is the place I had the inspiration to start out 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 Prime 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 individuals is to deal with your self. Do issues that make you are feeling good and make you cheerful. Be certain 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 just lately printed a e-book known as Embrace the Optimistic: Letting Go of Unfavorable Pondering. It highlights self-care and making a constructive mindset.

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What’s one thing individuals can be shocked to study you?

John: Folks could also be shocked that I get pleasure from cooking and baking . . . loads. I actually get pleasure from baking and sharing the candy treats with pals.

YA: Apart from your individual, what’s your favourite class or trainer on YA Courses?

John: My favourite YA Courses class is Sluggish Burn with Ty Daye. He brings a taste of enjoyable whilst you follow 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 follow with him at this time on YA Courses!

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

Should you get pleasure from his lessons, join with him! Should you haven’t but had the chance to expertise John’s educating fashion, discover him domestically in Salt Lake Metropolis or take a category with him at this time on YA Courses.

Take an On-line Yoga Class With John Cottrell

Yoga Class

With John Cottrell

We extremely advocate that you simply try his on-line yoga lessons on YA Courses! Not but a YA Courses member? You’ll be able to attempt it free for 14 days.



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