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Coptic Yogi
Coptic Yogi founded by Eboni Pearson 
The first time I took a yoga class was while attending acting school at the Oxford School of Drama with George Peck in England the summer of '93. My teacher's name was Jarka, a small, grey haired woman with a thick East European accent. I remember the class as if it were yesterday; and over twenty years later, I continue to practice, following my life long passion. 

Over the years I have studied under Kwesi Karamoko, (Kemetic yoga) Cathy Farren (Power yoga)  and Stephanie Dickson (Vinyasa flow).
I became a certified instructor with Beloved Studios (Reston, Va.)  which allowed me the opportunity to participate in a summer immersion program in Nice, France, studying under internationally acclaimed yoga instructors Maryam Ovissi and Jafar Alexander.

I earned a Master degree in History and Culture which became the groundwork for my ebook Yoga In Ancient Egypt, available on Kindle and Amazon.

In 2016, I became a DoTerra Wellness advocate studying aromatherapy through the company's essential oils online training. Working with DoTerra inspires me to create my own blends for our Coptic Yogi line of whipped Shea Butter available on our Products page.  

But most importantly: I am a Christian who practices yoga and it's my intention through Coptic Yogi to have a postive impact on people's lives, to share through a biblical lens the spiritual benefits of Yoga and therapeutic elements of aromatherapy. 

In addition to being a Yogi, I am a gospel singer/songwriter.

Here's a clip of me singing a song I wrote called "Rhthym and Blues," sung with gospel choir, The Voices of Hope at First Baptist Church of Manassas, Va.

I am grateful every time I touch the mat that I am able to practice and share. Find me on Instagram Coptic_Yogi and on Facebook as Eboni Pearson_Coptic Yogi. 


Eboni Pearson

A quote that best summarizes my intentions for Coptic  Yogi is fromJean Dechanet, a French Priest. He states, “I am not trying to Christianize a given practice of Yoga but rather to offer the incontestable advantages of Yogic discipline to Christianism, to the Christian life and especially to those who are contemplatives.”  
Like Dechanet, I also feel that Yoga is of a tremendous value and can be used as a way to involve God in our daily living, including in the way we exercise, maintaining our overall health. The quality of life for the Christian is believed to be that of abundance and is enriched by Yoga, taking from it the essence of its health and care. Scriptures teach that we are to pray without ceasing. Coptic Yogi, founded on this truth, offers a way to involve our communication with divinity within our efforts to nurture the body as our temple, with gratefulness in every breath. 
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'Coptic' means....

Coptic Yogi examines the life of Friar Bede Griffiths, for example, founder of Shantivanam (Forest of Peace). In addition, we'll analyze Patanjali’s Sutras, the back bone of Yoga ideology and propose biblical concepts and scriptures of similar message and meaning.  To offer suggestions as to how to implement these similarities of teachings a series of “asanas”, or poses will be featured as well as tools for meditation also known as, “mantras,” a contemplative phrase repeated silently.  
The term “Coptic” has been historically attached to Christian beliefs and is associated with Eastern traditions of the faith, as it identifies Egyptian and Ethiopian early believers. Delving into the histories of both Yoga and Christianity’s Coptic traditions an intersection of eastern roots emerge and in this blog explored. The concept of monasticism, a product of Coptic ideology, established by St. Anthony of Egypt, provides the path of devoted clergy who would one day venture to India and nurture a kindred spirit amongst its people.