Freedom Cole

Freedom has taught yoga since 1996. His mother runs the Yoga Healing Arts Center in Vineland, New Jersey and he was raised with Hatha Yoga. He has studied Laya Yoga, Iyengar Yoga, Kriya Yoga with Hariharinanda, Ashtanga Yoga with Baba Hari Dass, Vini Yoga of Gary Kraftstow, Vinyasa with Peter Sterios, trained with Rodney Yee and Richard Rosen and practices the Chaya Samyukta of Shandor Remete.

Freedom’s Yoga classes are a blend of these many styles as well as an integration of subtle body anatomy and Ayurvedic insight. He works closely with yoga scriptures like Hatha Yoga Pradipika, Patanjali Yoga Sutras, Shiva Samhita, Gherunda Samhita, Yoga Rahasya, and the Yoga Yajnavalka. Freedom incorporates these yoga scriptures into his teaching in a way that brings them alive.

Style of teaching

Classes are part static Iyengar style which has a focus on alignment and internal dynamics and part Vinyasa flow integrating movement from the Chaya Samyukta school of Yoga . This makes classes both aerobically and body-intellectually fulfilling. When working with alignment the focus is more on understanding the WHY of internal dynamics. When doing flows the focus is on pushing one to their fullest capacities. Yoga philosophy classes go deep into learning about yoga shastra (scriptures) and interpreting these ancient yoga books.

Freedom lives half the year in India and abroad studying Vedic sciences. He does various workshops and classes during the summer and fall in the United States , as well as the Yoga Healing Arts Camp every summer. See the class schedule for more information.

“By practice of the eight limbs of Yoga, impurities are destroyed: then spiritual illumination arises,
culminating in discriminative knowledge.” 2:28
“Yama, niyama, asana, pranayama,
pratyahara, dharana, dhyana, and samadhi
are the eight limbs of Yoga discipline.” 2:29
-Patanjali Yoga Sutras