Denise Cook has been teaching yoga in the tradition of Vinyasa Yoga since 2000 in the Denver, Colorado area. Her first teaching and physical practices were in the Ashtanga tradition, and she was influenced early by Johnny Kest and Beryl Bender-Birch and their guidance of teaching Pattabhi Jois' Ashtanga tradition. Her first introduction to yoga asana and pranayama was introduced to her by a physical therapist in 1993 during a healing treatment to deal with an on-going recurrence of childhood depression.
During her first Yoga Conference she was introduced to a totally new practice called "Power Yoga" taught by Baron Baptiste. The idea of using the deeper focus of alignment within the body and human experiences on the mat to heal our mind was transformative. After becoming the first certified Baptiste Power Yoga Teacher in Colorado, she has continued to study with many great masters of both asana, meditation, sanskrit, and sprituality. Denise believes that so many answers to questions that arise in our daily lives can be found by simply showing up on our yoga mat and meeting what arises head on.
"Face your fears and they will disappear" ~Baron Baptiste
Her students describe her as loving and compassionate with a truthful voice that uses the ancient teachings to draw her students into real life situations...after all as a mother of two amazing children she is s true householder. She always look for the light in all students.
She playfully began calling her "style", FLOWGA YOGA, a nickname she earned from her son's lacrosse team that stuck. The Tao speaks of being in the flow as "the river course way". It is not that as long as we are human there won't be challenges, but when we can be in the surrender and the flow of life it can feel to glide with ease around us.
"There are a lot of theories out there, but until you show up to practice your breath, discover your buttons and find your peace day in and day out...theories are out the window"~Denise