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Meet John Cottrell: YA Lessons Instructor Interview

In every YA Lessons Instructor Highlights, we characteristic one in all 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 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 model and strategy for our college students.

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

Along with instructing yoga for the previous 20+ years, he’s a wellness skilled, self-proclaimed holistic dwelling 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 College 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 inexpensive, trendy males’s yoga apparel. My e-book, Yoga With Intention, infuses yoga into every day life, providing insights on obstacles, freedom, and steadiness. Enjoyment of my culinary creations at and discover my aware weblog posts.”

Wish to be taught extra about this unbelievable 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 be taught extra about him.

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

John: My favourite self-care observe 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 concentrate on for my lifting session.

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


YA: What’s your go-to track or music style if you educate (or observe)?

John: Once I educate 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 setting for the yoga session.

YA: What’s your favourite motivational quote?

John: “In the event you keep prepared, then you definitely don’t must prepare.” I don’t know who initially mentioned 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 Aspect 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 instructing a health class in a neighborhood fitness center that later launched yoga to their schedule. I took a number of 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 occasions 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 among 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 instructing or in life?

John: I don’t suppose 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 content. Be certain these items are additionally constructive and empowering. They are going to elevate 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 revealed a e-book known as Embrace the Constructive: Letting Go of Adverse Considering. It highlights self-care and making a constructive mindset.

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

John: Individuals could also be stunned that I take pleasure in cooking and baking . . . quite a bit. I actually take pleasure in baking and sharing the candy treats with associates.

YA: Other than 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 whilst you observe 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 observe with him in the present day on YA Lessons!

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

In the event you take pleasure in his lessons, join with him! In the event you haven’t but had the chance to expertise John’s instructing model, discover him regionally in Salt Lake Metropolis or take a category with him in the present day on YA Lessons.

Take an On-line Yoga Class With John Cottrell

Yoga Class

With John Cottrell

We extremely advocate that you just try his on-line yoga lessons on YA Lessons! Not but a YA Lessons member? You may strive it free for 14 days.



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