Copper is an American Yogi, committed to sharing yoga and transforming lives. He is Yoga Alliance E-RYT 500 & YACEP, RYTT course leader, and founder of Crow Yoga RYS-200.
Copper has been practicing yoga since 1982, leading professional development courses since 2000, teaching yoga asana since 2003, and has personally led over 20 yoga teacher training courses since 2009. He was one of the first to bring Bikram Yoga to Asia in 2004 and helped open studios in Bangkok, Seoul, and Hong Kong. Prior to yoga, he worked as Senior Training Specialist for Charles Schwab, leading professional development courses. After Bikram, he joined the Pure Yoga leadership team, where he served from 2006-2018; managing Causeway Bay Hong Kong, Country Managing Teacher Singapore, and leading a variety of workshops & courses across the region. During his tenure at Pure, he created ‘The 5 Pillars’ class curriculum that’s still used today as their core teaching/ training curriculum.
Copper was first introduced to yoga at age four by his father and martial arts. Yoga and Eastern studies was present throughout his youth and served as a catalyst to a variety of alternative studies, including Kung-Fu & Muy-Thai kickboxing with Kathy Long, the teachings of Paramahansa Yogananda & Self Realization Fellowship, coaching kids gymnastics, Shaolin Bodhidharma & Chan Buddhism, Melchizedek priesthood, Bhakti devotional practices & Vedic rituals, which often mirrored his personal relationship with American Indian spirituality (Cherokee-Choktaw ancestry and the Lakota teachings of Wallace Black Elk and Leonard Crow Dog).
It was in early 2000, in his mid-twenties, that he discovered the Hot Yoga practice that would change his life. He was initially drawn to the hot practice because the physical intensity and strict discipline reminded him of early martial arts background. Consistent practice, over time, he lost over 10kg, improved sleep, increased energy, healed old sports injuries, and felt overall physically/mentally amazing! It was all these benefits, and the countless others he’d hear about from other practitioners in the studio, that inspired him to want to learn more about how yoga works. In fall 2003, he resigned from his corporate training role to go to California and attend Bikram’s Yoga College of India, nine-week residential teacher training course. The rest is history…
Copper continues to study and refine his practice and understanding of yoga. “Yoga is one, but the paths to practice are many.” His unique approach to teaching incorporates a curriculum for development, where practitioners can progress in their practice and teachers are equipped with the necessary tools to help their students grow on a safe consistent path. Over the years, this approach to learning and practicing has made him a well-known, popular teacher throughout Asia.
His mainstream popularity is matched by an authentic foundation in the ancient practice of yoga and a long path of development as a yogi (a practitioner of yoga). His core teaching influences are: Bikram, Anusara, Universal, Akhanda, Classical Hatha-Vinyasa, and Himalayan Kundalini Yoga, as well as Tibetan Heart Yoga and various schools of Buddhism. He is forever grateful to all his teachers, who shared their knowledge, passed their wisdom, and gave their blessings for him to pass on the teachings to future generations.
Copper holds the highest qualification possible with Yoga Alliance, E-RYT 500, YACEP, and founder of Crow Yoga RYS200. He also holds professional training certifications with Achieve Global, Development Dimensions International (DDI), and Mager Consortium. Beyond hot yoga, Copper also teaches and leads workshops, trainings, retreats, and corporate classes in Hatha, Vinyasa, Universal Yoga, and Raja Yoga meditation. His playfulness and joy are present in every class, workshop, or course he leads. He encourages students “take your practice seriously, but don’t take yourself so serious. Laugh, fall, try again. Every passing moment is an opportunity to start anew and transform your life.”