"Educari means to draw from within. The teacher creates a safe space for his students to look to him and to learn. The teachings are sound and the intention is authentic. The student evolves within his or her own guided, personal experience." - Sifu Matthew Cohen
Matthew has been fully immersed in the study and application of Martial, Yogic and Healing Arts for over 30 years. His teachings are at once ancient, progressive, secular and sacred. His integrated approach to healing is potent and accessible. He was the founder and master teacher at his Sacred Energy Arts Center in Santa Monica for over a decade. During this time he also taught at Exhale (Center for Sacred Movement) in Venice, California. Matthew has led teacher trainings and workshops nationally and internationally including New York, Boston, San Francisco, China, Europe, Scandinavia, Singapore, Mexico & Canada.
At a young age Matthew instinctively gravitated toward yoga. He found that finding breath, balance, strength and focus in poses helped him calm his mind. At 12, he started martial arts training and eventually earned a rank of 5th degree black belt in Shaolin Kung Fu. He has attained Guru of Kun Tao Silat under the masterful Willem de Thouars. Matthew is also a highly sought after master teacher of Qigong and Tai Chi Chuan. Tai Chi Chuan is the most practiced martial arts in the world today. For over 20 years he has studied body-mind healing including Thai massage, Chinese styles of bodywork, Swedish, Sports, Deep Tissue, & CranioSacral therapy.
Sacred Energy Arts is the culmination and evolution of Matthew's extensive training in all of his practices and teachings.
Sacred Energy Arts Flow Classes are the culmination and evolution of over 30 years of Matthew’s extensive training in all of his practices and teachings. With similarities to a more traditional yoga flow class, you will discover the grace and power of the ancient martial arts practices; the balance, flexibility, and peace of Hatha yoga and the increased energy and awareness of the beautiful qigong (energy cultivation) exercises. Seamlessly moving from one discipline and expression to the next, these classes are the hallmark of Sacred Energy Arts.
This is an ancient Japanese meditation promulgated by Master Jiro Murai founded in the Jin Shin Jyutsu healing practice.
This a very simple yet profound healing practice to work through worry, fear, anger, sadness, and pretentiousness.
When we live in our truth, our bodies respond accordingly. We begin to expand. We begin to enter into the flow of life. When we live in non-truth, our bodies begin to close and contract. By understanding this very direct and real correlation, we start to reinforce the positive and physical freedom of the truth within us all.
This is an awareness meditation on the physical and energetic effects of telling a truth or a lie.
This is an ancient Toltec exercise to bring awareness to our judgements, to track them, discern their origin, and then use that clarity to bring healing and forgiveness. Components include meditation, breathing, visualization and embodying forgiveness and love.
These are three essential exercises of Qigong, the Chinese practice of energy cultivation. Each exercise helps in calming the nervous system, decreasing hypertension, and promoting clarity and presence of mind. Other benefits include improvement of circulation, lymphatic drainage, detoxification, and increase of energy.
This is a practice in transforming any tension, blockages or stagnation.
Like ice to water to steam, as we begin to bring the warmth of awareness, acceptance and support, we create the opportunity to allow transformation and ultimately the release of those places that have been otherwise trapped.
This practice is of a breath offering – A way to give our breath as a gift and a gesture of kindness. It is a way of remembering a larger community of people and other beings on the planet, such as animals and nature. This is an opportunity in a small way to give back to those people and things who have given so much to us, both alive and passed on. The beauty of this practice is the practice itself. It's in the doing. "Let the beauty you love, be what you do" ~Rumi