Kirtan Coan, Dance
Mindful Yoga Instructor Kirtan Coan
In 1967, after graduating from The Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre under Sandy Meisner, I became a professional actor and simultaneously initiated an intensive practice of hatha yoga in New York City. Nine years later Dr. Rammurti S. Mishra issued my teacher certification. While acting on New York and regional stages, I taught yoga classes to drama students at The American Musical and Dramatic Academy and to meditation students at The International Jain Meditation Center. These parallel paths have sustained me for many decades. I consider myself a dedicated practitioner of mindfulness meditation and yoga.
With a certification as a teacher of Mindful Yoga from Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre, California, I've taught yoga to contemporary dancers at UNCSA, in the Salem College Continuing Education curriculum, and to students of all ages at Body Balance Work-out, Pretzel Logic Yoga Studio, The Golden Flower Tai Chi School and The Arts of Yoga Studio In 2008 I joined the staff of The Yoga Gallery in the Arts District, now on Liberty Street, and also teach on silent mindfulness meditation retreats led by Shinzen Young.
In 1988 I began training in taiqi and qi gung at the Tai Chi Chuan Center of New York under Master C.K. Chu. I continued to pursue taiqi and kung fu instruction with Master Rick Ward at the Blue Ridge Kung Fu and Arnis Academy while earning my MA at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC. Certified to teach under Master Ward and The Cloud Forest World Chinese Martial Arts Association, I began offering classes at ASU.
My practice deepened with studies in Tsingtao, China, with Madame Chu, in Chapel Hill with Master Yap Soon-Yeong, in California with Master Teja Bell, and in Winston-Salem with Master San Gee Tam and senior teacher Annukkha Holland at the Golden Flower Tai Chi School. Subsequently, I taught taiqi in the summer curriculum for Summit School and in the NCSA School of Music and School of Drama, where I complied and co-directed a production of Chinese Zen teaching stories and Taoist tales using taiqi, story theatre, music and percussion.
In 1994, after a full acting career, and earning an MA in Community Counseling at ASU, I completed doctoral work in Expressive Arts Therapy from The International Graduate School in Saas Fe, Switzerland. I've worked as a counselor in the counseling Center at NCSA, at The Bridge at Brookstown Treatment Center, and in my private psychotherapy practice in Boone and now Winston-Salem, supported by certificates in Expressive Arts Counseling (EXA), Eye-Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR), and Somatic Experiencing (SE) for release of trauma and building of resilience and resourcefulness. For the past three years I've been employed half-time as a clinician at The Mood Treatment Center where I teach a ten-week series called Living with Bipolar.
Kirtan Coan, LPC, SEP
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