- Austin, Texas
Libby Cox is an artist, a dancer, an educator, a longtime yoga teacher, and a dedicated student of the body whose love for the human form and movement brought her to a Hatha Yoga practice in 2000.
She began her pedagogical career as a certified Waldorf high school arts teacher, and continued training in Education through Master’s degree work at The University of Texas at Austin and The University of Massachusetts Amherst. Libby began teaching yoga in 2004 after completing Yoga Yoga’s 200-hour teacher training. She has served on faculty in yoga teacher training programs in the US and abroad since 2011. Most notably, Libby is the Director of Curriculum for Global Yoga Shala, and travels with One Yoga Collective. Libby draws upon her studies from numerous styles of yoga and teaching approaches in order to meet the needs of yoga students and aspiring teachers alike.
Libby recognizes that to be a knowledgeable instructor one has to understand the world of yoga as a whole and not be closed off to any yoga experience, knowledge or practice. It is through this knowledge, Libby discovered, that one is grounded in one’s own personal practice. It is this knowledge that also enhances and deepens the learning experience as it is transmitted from teacher to student.
Libby lived and studied in Western Massachusetts from 2007-09, where she met three of her most influential teachers; Patty Townsend, Sara Rose and Douglas Brooks. She studied Embodyoga®, a system of yoga developed by Townsend . Embodyoga® combines vinyasa-based asana practice with a life-affirming tantric philosophy and an approach to movement steeped in the detail-oriented, anatomy-driven developmental movement principles of Body Mind Centering (BMC).
As a studio manager for Yoga Sanctuary in Northampton, MA, Libby worked closely with director and certified Anusara yoga instructor Sara Rose Page. During her time there, Libby trained intensively with several Anusara® Certified instructors, including Desiree Rumbaugh, Sianna Sherman and Amy Reed. Dr. Douglas Brooks introduced her to Rajanaka Tantra, a body of ideas and practices that teach radical philosophical notions affirming the invaluable education and empowerment we receive from our everyday corporeal experience. She has been studying Tantra and Yoga Philosophy with Brooks ever since.
This combination of studies has sustained Libby's long time love of connecting the exploration of body-mind and breath to invigorating, well-informed creative movement. She also loves the support and inspiration that grows out of being part of a yoga community, and seeks to share her love of yoga as a philosophy that nourishes the capacity for creativity and resilience on life’s paths.