Sunday, January 22, 2017

Shree's Expert Teacher Focus: Terry Cotter

By Jessica Addeo 

Terry Cotter, E-RYT 200 with Anusara Elements 

Next up in our expert teacher focus is Terry Cotter. Although Terry may be new to our class schedule, he is not new to yoga or Shree. Yoga has been a part of Terry’s life for the past eight years. In 2013 Terry decided to pursue teacher training at Shree Yoga and obtained RYT 200 with Anusara Elements. As he joins our team he brings with him his experience teaching to a variety of adult populations in all different stages of wellness. This experience makes Terry an excellent resource to teach the upcoming back care class.

Terry's classes will inform you on how to safely move your body leaving you feeling not only nourished by your practice but empowered with knowledge. You're bound to have a good time and laugh while you're at it! Below Terry clues us in about what he is practicing, reading and doing to keep himself healthy!

What does your personal practice consist of?

Some warm-up and lots of stretching.  Hanumanasana,  Pigeon, Shoulder openers.

What's on your bedside table?

Somatics: Reawakening The Mind's Control of Movement. By Thomas Hanna 

Any special self care you are currently practicing?

I've been focusing on diet and eating more of the foods that are good but I don't particularly care for. I was born and raised eating quite literally meat and potatoes; oh yeah, eggs and bacon too, cream and sugar in my coffee, I'm starting to shake just thinking about it. I've always been athletic and wasn't happy when I realized that no matter how many miles I rode on my bicycle or how many sets of tennis I played, my hour glass figure was fading!! I read a book titled "Eat Right for Your Blood Type" and it said I should be a vegetarian!!! Well believe it or not I avoided meat for almost 2 years. I tried to eat more vegetables and finally came to the compromise that I'm living with. I avoid red meat, pork, lamb, but I eat chicken. My challenge ha been, and I'm all over it, is no caffeine, and more vegetables. 

How do you keep yourself healthy in winter (spring, summer, fall)?

My Yoga practice and cycling. In the winter I take spin classes and ride a stationary bike at home. 

Want to try one of Terry’s classes? He has varying times and types of offerings:

Monday 6:30 to 7:30 am Early Morning Yoga 
Wednesday 6:30 to 7:30 am Early Morning Yoga
Wednesday 4:00 to 5:15 Yoga for Back Health 
Coming up in March, another one of his popular Yoga for Men series.