Teacher Spotlight: Molly Cofman
November 3, 2016
I had a wonderful time hearing about Molly Cofman beautiful relationship to yoga and life. She is very grounded and graceful in her appoach to nature and self care. Read more to learn about her sources of inspiration!
What excites you about your upcoming retreat?
The location is so unique and amazing! La Selva is literally hanging off of a cliff above the Amalfi Coast, and a breath-taking setting for practice and adventure. It is a place that can’t help but inspire community and exploration, a place that will take us completely out of our normal setting and habits, and allow us to dive into wonder and freedom. I am certain that the students this unique retreat center will attract will be extraordinary…which will make for an extraordinary week!
What does your practice look like? What is your favorite pose?
My practice is a mood ring, sometimes powerful and physical, sometimes soft and contemplative …always with an undercurrent of fluidity and integration. The practice shifts as life shifts. My favorite pose is tadasana. Mountain. It speaks to me of beginnings, returns, home, strength…and standing tall and comfortable in the journey of life. I like all the crazy, fun, baby-monkey contortionist things too, but tadasana is the quiet, comfortable, strength that we strive to carry with us on the mat and off.
Who are your teachers? Who/what inspires your teachings?
My teachers are numerous now, but in this moment, Saji P.K. in Kerala, India is a very influential teacher for me. Life inspires my teachings more than anything. I believe that it is important to find the balance of being a dedicated student and understanding the fullness of yoga, but at the same time being completely engaged in ‘real’ life.
What are your favorite self care rituals or habits?
Travel that doesn’t involve working, spending time with family and close friends, spending a day at the thermal baths/spa near my home, getting a massage, every day self yoga practice…even if it means just staying in child’s pose for 10 minutes
What do you like to do in your spare time?
Walk, hike, read, be outside, spend time with friends and family, be with animals (I live on a farm), ride horses, dance, watch films, watch life, travel
How do you balance spiritual practice with life’s daily challenges?
I do a self practice every day, even if it is just 10 minutes, to set the intentions that I would like to take with me into the day, and to remind me of the way that I would like to engage in daily life. My spiritual practice is my guide when I face life’s daily challenges, and the ritual of practice keeps the intentions close by in the face of challenge.
What are your favorite yoga books to read for inspiration?
I hate to sound cliche’ but any yoga book is an inspiration, because even if it doesn’t speak to me, it gives me insight into someone else’s perspective on yoga…and this inspires me to keep learning yoga and humanity.
What’s your mantra?
Curiosity and Grace