GETTING TO KNOW COSETTE DEZA

Welcome Cosette – Yoga Sol’s newest teacher to our staff!  If you haven’t had a chance to enjoy one of her graceful, energetic flow class, do try it out!  I think you’ll love her.  We met Cosette through Alice Mioc, one of her teacher mentors, who shares a dance-like sensibility in teaching style.  I share our conversation below.

Rozanne: I just love how you combine grace with strength. Do you find that your background in dance has any influence in your style of teaching yoga? Can you share a little of your passion for this style of yoga.

Cosette DezaCosette: Dance has definitely influenced my teaching style.  I’ve always felt an inner rhythm that is satisfied through movement, and vinyasa yoga creates a healing environment to use that kinetic energy. I admire how dance and yoga are both channels of expressing with the body, they seek proper alignment for efficient movement, and encourage steadiness of mind. I enjoy the choreographic element of creating sequences, as well as the discipline of focus and technique. The practices go hand in hand, bringing me closer to my true nature.

Rozanne:  Can you tell us what traditions and teachers have had the most significant influence on your practice and your teaching?

Cosette: I’m drawn to the vinyasa style of linking movement with breath, ultimately coming into a meditation in motion. This has guided me to simplifying my mind and so many aspects of life.

I am endlessly thankful for my instructors and teacher training at Purple Yoga. Those who have especially influenced my teaching are Asako Inoue for her emphasis on the importance of alignment, Alice Mioc for the meditative and creative qualities she brings to her class, Sean Johnstone for his expansive energy and words, and Joe Vogt for providing concise knowledge behind each posture.

Rozanne: What are a few of the most important lessons you hope to teach your students, and what are a few examples of lessons you have learned from your students?

Cosette: I hope to teach my students that it is possible to acknowledge your potential while embracing yourself at this very moment. How else could it be? Each one of us has something to contribute to the bigger picture. Slow down. Stay humble. Act gracefully.

Nothing has been more humbling than teaching. I’m reminded everyday that I’m just as much of a student as those I’m guiding, with a lifetime of practice ahead. One of my instructors always reminds me that there’s a reason it’s called “practice,” not “perfect.”

Rozanne Englehart