Sonya Cottle

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Sonya CottleAfter earning a BA in psychology from the University of Arizona, Sonya moved to LA in 1999 to pursue a career in Clinical Psychology. She was dragged reluctantly to her first yoga class with Steve Ross which turned out to be over her head at the time, but knew immediately that she wanted to learn more about Hatha yoga.

Sonya began practicing yoga regularly in 1999 at Yoga Works in Santa Monica with Maryam Askari and shortly after discovered Ashtanga yoga with Chuck Miller in 2000. A couple years later she began studying with Maty Ezraty, the founder of Yoga Works.

Since then she has become a dedicated practitioner of the ancient method linking breath with movement though she credits Iyengar teachers such as Lisa Walford and Gabriella Guibilaro as having tremendous influence on her. After deciding to get a desk position at Yoga Works in Santa Monica, Sonya chose to temporarily put aside her plans to pursue Psychology and graduate school and chose instead to take the Yoga Works teacher training with Maty Ezraty and Lisa Walford.

Through her daily Ashtanga practice Sonya has learned to focus her mind as well as tap into an inner strength and peace that no other type of yoga has given her. She believes the practice is the ultimate tool for observation and feels privileged to be able to share her love of Ashtanga with others.

In October of 2006 Sonya traveled to Mysore, India for 2 months to study Ashtanga with guru, Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, and is very much looking forward to returning.

Sonya currently teaches both Ashtanga/Mysore classes as well as intermediate advanced flow classes that emphasize the importance of breath, alignment, and finding the challenge and freedom in moving slowly and mindfully.

Sonya received her teaching certification through Yoga Works and is currently involved in teaching trainings throughout California.

For more information about Sonya, please visit her website at

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  1. Thomas Kniese says:

    Hello Mrs. Cottle,
    I´ ve see your interpretation of bhujangasana at Youtube. I was very impressed about the constitution of your body, but I also asked myself why you´re doing bhujangasana as you did? This asana is a backbend and in the middle of the concentration is to the upper backbone and the inspiration and not the concentration to the whole back of the body! What is the function of bhujangasana in your tradition, I don´t understand it?


    Thomas Kniese
    (yogateacher in the tradition of Sri T. Krishnamacharya and his son TKV Desikachar)

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