MAGGIE COHEN, MSW, RYT-500
TRAUMA INFORMED YOGA THERAPIST
I am a social worker, yoga therapist, and healer based in Durham, NC. I am committed to addressing both interpersonal and systemic trauma. I specialize in healing from the effects of trauma through a unique combination of movement, touch, meditation and talk therapy.
I am deeply passionate about partnering with my students to create a safe environment for their healing, and I remain open to consistent feedback. I believe that you come to the practice perfect as you are, and my approach is to make the practice accessible to you. Using an intentional mix of asana (physical posture), pranayama (breath work), and meditation, my classes and sessions offer support, motivation and focus on honoring the self. With over a decade of practice, yoga still offers me this grounding, and it is my passion to extend healing, safety and empowerment to my students with the understanding that trauma is both interpersonal and systemic.
I specialize in integrative forms of healing trauma - ranging from sexual and domestic violence, managing anxiety and depression, to the effects of mass incarceration. I have worked with people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities. My practice, based in the principles of social work and Integrated Movement Therapy, emphasizes partnership, non-judgment and light-heartedness.
500 hour Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training, Three Sisters Yoga, NYC
230 hour Vinyasa Flow Yoga Teacher Training, Asheville Yoga Center, Asheville, NC
40 hour Certificate in Trauma Sensitive Yoga Teaching from The Trauma Center, Brookline, MA
Street Yoga Core Training, New York City
Level 2 Certification in Integrated Movement Therapy with Molly Lannon Kenny
12 hour Training in Diversity and Inclusion, Third Root Education Exchange, Brooklyn, NY
Five years of therapeutic private yoga instruction
LMSW, specifically working with survivors of sex trafficking, child abuse, domestic violence and sexual assault
Guest teacher of "Yoga and Trauma" at Third Root Community Health Center in Brooklyn, NY
Healing Yoga Series for survivors of sexual violence and domestic violence at Safe Horizon in Brooklyn, NY
Guest teacher for Healing Vicarious Trauma at CONNECT NYC
Guest teacher for Mindfulness and Movement: Retreat for Survivors at Wesleyan University
"Maggie brings along many gifts to her yoga classes; a genuine warmth, a desire to continue to grow as a yoga teacher, and an openness to suggestions and feedback. It is apparent that Maggie greatly values the integration of her students' needs into her classes. " - Joyous Bey, student
"I walk away from every class feeling calm and peaceful and confident in a lovely deep-seated way, like things are and will be all right. I’ve started noticing my breathing more in everyday situations and using deep breathing to calm myself down or relax. I now have a good coping mechanism for stressful situations [and I have learned] that in general, things are okay, and that sometimes all it takes to remember this is to reconnect with my own body." - Student, Healing Yoga Series
"Maggie's class empowered all levels and needs. Some teachers throw around Sankskrit without explanation - not Maggie. Her teaching was clear, direct, and ever adaptable. If I needed attention on my shoulder injury, Maggie mixed in appropriate movements. When I needed help finding a difficult pose, she came to me not only with years of training and experience, but with laughter and sensitivity." - Laura Bliss, student
"[After the healing yoga series,] I started making better decisions in other areas of my life. The teacher talks about staying grounded and facing fear and I try to remember that when my anxiety gets the better of me. [I have learned from yoga] to take care of myself, that it’s okay to lose my balance and that I can speak up if something isn’t working for me and adapt." - Student, Healing Yoga Series