Kore

I help people connect to their inner wisdom, giving them the tools to become their own best healer and teacher.  Through the medicine of yoga, I continue to tap into my own strength and empowerment.  It has been a gift that has safely allowed me to connect to intuition so that I can recover from injuries and get deep into the heart of both physical and emotional pain.  In my Hatha flow classes, I help others access their own strength through breath work, core work (hello Forrest Yoga abdominals!), and longer held asana while providing students the time and space to discover their own innate abilities. In the more passive practice of yin, I bring a nurturing element with softer pranayama, supportive postures, and quiet pauses to allow for self-discovery.

I consider myself a forever student of the practice of yoga.  The deeper I go into the study, the more I realize that the well of information is infinite.  I am constantly challenged by both teaching and practicing, which is probably what has kept me on this path for so long!  I first discovered yoga in 2006 while studying abroad in the Gambia, where I had brought one health magazine containing a sun salutation flow.  I remember feeling both calmed and strengthened through the practice when times abroad were anxiety-producing. Upon returning stateside, I continued to practice in both Seattle and Vancouver, BC, taking countless classes and workshops and eventually signing up for teacher training in 2012.  I completed my 200-hour teacher training at the Salt Spring Center of Yoga in British Columbia, which I was drawn to for its traditional approach to classical Ashtanga and Hatha yoga systems.  It wasn’t until I took my first Forrest yoga class in 2012 that I knew I’d found the style I resonated most strongly with.  The first Forrest class I took kicked my ass!  During that class I was angry at having to hold the strengthening postures and do ridiculous amounts of abdominals and do handstands at the wall.  I butt-up against strong feelings like fear and learned to breathe intelligently into those sensations.  I left that class feeling integrated into my center, brightened up, and fantastic.  I was hooked!  In 2018, I completed the 70-hour Forrest Yoga Advanced Teacher Training in Seattle with master instructor Ana Forrest.  I am also drawn to the softer practices of restorative and yin yoga, where I weave together poetry and readings, sweet sounds, gentle asana, and space for reflection.  I trained in yin yoga with Janell Hartman at Twist in 2014.  I am also a certified Street Yoga teacher and have taken additional trainings and immersions in myofascial release, teaching yoga to 50+, iRest Yoga Nidra, vinyasa sequencing, and more.  Important teachers who have inspired me in my yoga practice include Liz Doyle, Gianna Carotenuto, Ryan Leier, Rocky Heron, and Ana Forrest.

Beyond yoga, I am a mom to two amazing twin girls who constantly challenge me and are truly the most influential of my teachers.  I am also a dog-mom to a playful toy poodle mix named Summer and a chicken-mom to a whole coop-full of hens!  I am passionate about food & cooking, love music (listening and playing.  In a former life I was a classically trained violist), spending time outdoors with my family, and traveling.  Fun fact: In Greek mythology, Kore is another name for the goddess Persephone, who was the daughter of Zeus and Demeter.  She was the goddess of springtime, grain, vegetation, and was the Queen of the underworld (after Hades kidnapped her).  In Greek, Kore means “maiden” or “daughter.”  My name is pronounced “Cory,” but once we get close, you can call me “Kor” if you really want to.

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What’s your favorite yoga pose at the moment?
It’s a tie between figure-four back release pose (also called thread- the-needle) and Pincha Mayurasana (Forearm Balance). The lower back and hip release in figure-four cannot be beat! In Pincha Mayurasana, I love playing with balance and different leg variations, and going upside-down can be exhilarating!


Describe a moment during a yoga practice that rocked your world.

About 5 years ago, I was in a workshop with Ryan Leier in Vancouver, BC. We were going through a challenging backbend sequence at the end of class and everyone was popping up into wheel after wheel. I couldn’t do wheel, so I was popping up into bridge after bridge. After about 10 of those, I looked up and saw Ryan standing over me and he told me to grab his ankles. He said, “Girl, you’re strong!” and helped me press up into a powerful (and strong!) wheel pose.

 

What’s your favorite place?
My family’s off-the-grid cabin in Quilcene, WA. I love to do yoga on the deck, make music by the campfire, and get away from the busy-ness of the world.

 

What is your favorite color?
Green. It reminds me of the beautiful landscape we are surrounded by in the Pacific Northwest.

 

Whom do you admire?
I admire great teachers (there are too many to name), those who listen, and those who are brave.

What traits in others are you attracted to?
I am attracted to honesty, quirkiness, humor, and humility.

What is the kindest thing anyone has done for you?

My parents hosted a pretty kickass wedding for my (now) husband and I on Lake Crescent on the Olympic Peninsula. It’s the gift that keeps on giving!

 

Favorite book:
Radical Acceptance by Tara Brach.

 

Besides yoga, loves….
My beautiful daughters (Olive & Fiona), my family, music (making it and listening to it), cooking, traveling, teaching, collaging, eating a good meal with friends, trying new things.

 

Favorite thing about Twist Yoga?
Its authenticity—the teachers are themselves, the yoga is grounded, the people are real.

 

Anything else you’d like to add?
I’m thrilled to be a part of the community at Twist!