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Students Speak for Themselves: Erin Cohen

April 2014


Erin Cohen had been out of high school for two years when reality hit like a ton of bricks. Either find joy in flipping burgers, she thought, or she’d better get more education.

She knew what she had to do. She packed her bags and left her home in Spokane, Washington, to enroll in BYU-Idaho.

Erin is a yoga master. She loves the feel of the body in motion and the muscles as they stretch. To her, the joy of motion is more than exulting; it is a balm for healing.

But to reach her potential she knew she needed more knowledge and understanding than mere exercise routines. She needed a comprehensive and detailed study of physiology. “Our world today has made it okay to be obese, when, in reality, it isn’t,” she said. “That attitude needs to change.”

In her studies, Erin has learned a great deal about the body. “It will play well with my yoga. I feel I have achieved more than what I came for. My toughest decision now is to decide whether to go for more education or go into practice.”

With her education has come a desire to use her newfound skills to bless others. “I want to open my own studio and team up with other professionals to use yoga to treat specific ailments that need regular training sessions to heal.”

As her education draws to a close, and she reflects on the simple joy of walking across campus, she feels a yearning to teach others how to live healthy and vibrant lives. “I would love to spread the awareness and importance of living healthy,” she said.

“I honestly feel that without scholarship help I would never have been able to participate in extracurricular activities like teaching yoga classes and being involved in fitness activities where I learned to apply my classroom learning,” she said.

Because of donors, Erin said she has come to know the joy of a healthy human body and its ability to move with grace and strength, while being spared a life of burger flipping.

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