Like so many others before him, Michael began to practice yoga as an alternative to other types of exercise. But unlike running or biking, yoga is unique in that concomitant with physical conditioning is a philosophical component that encompasses a moral code based on individual responsibility rather than adherence under threat. This combination of the physical and the philosophical, adds, Michael believes, dynamics to the practice of yoga, the most prominent of which is the expansion of the mind and the body. It also allows for individual preference, since a practitioner can tone it down in one area and be vigorous in another: e.g., step away from crow and read a Sutra. We tend not to do that with a gym membership. After several years of practice, and unwilling to make a commitment at the time, it became increasingly obvious to Michael that a next step was in order, that step being teacher training and the eventual leading of a class of his own.
Michael Cohen, RYT 200