Peter Cohen is a direct senior-assistant to Heart of Yoga founder and world-renowned teacher Mark Whitwell. Loved for his weaving of inspirational and accessible yoga philosophy into flowing classes, Peter encourages intimate breathing and deep poetic movement as an embrace of life. Senior accredited in 3 yoga lineages over two decades, Peter is also a Reiki Master and certified Feldenkrais movement specialist.
Peter teaches the ancient breath-guided practices of yoga he calls “Hatha Flow Yoga”. The practice has it’s roots in Tibetan Yoga; in the Yoga of T. Krishnamacharya (the forefather of both Ashtanga and Iyengar Yoga); and in the work of U.G. Krishnamurti. Integrating principles of emotional giving and receiving to create a nourishing journey into passion and authenticity, the practice culminates in a deeply surrendered vibrant feeling, suitable for meditation and surrendering into stillness.
Peter imbibed yoga, meditation and astral projection from a young age, beginning his yoga journey in India and then becoming inspired with Kundalini Yoga. He then lived at Odiyana Buddhist centre in Melbourne for many years where he was taught traditional Tibetan Yoga by Lama Urgyen Yeshe Ozer after demonstrating a strong commitment to the traditional Tantra. He subsequently studied for 7 years with Nicky Knoff (Australia’s senior-most Iyengar teacher) and became the first male senior-certified Knoff Yoga Teacher — incorporating both advanced Ashtanga Vinyasa and Iyengar styles of Yoga.
Peter founded ATYOGA in 2002 as a hub to communicate with my yogic friends exploring the personal development practices and teachings emanating from the Himalayan plateau over 3000 years ago. These practices come through our history as Yoga, Hinduism, Buddhism, Vedanta, Reiki, Tai Chi, and many more spiritual, healing, and exercise traditions, all stemming from the same roots. Yoga starts with the yogis — those people who live these traditions, guided by genuine teachers and their own hearts towards the personal art of living well — in natural conditions."
Peter has mentored and trained yoga teachers for over a decade in the traditional ways of Hatha Yoga breathing and meditation. Peter has assisted international teacher training retreats since 2010 with Mark Whitwell and previously assisted trainings with Duncan Wong, Nicky Knoff, Twee Merrigan, and Sam Weinstein in Australia, Bali and Fiji.