Stephen Cope

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Stephen Cope is a psychotherapist, Kripalu Yoga teacher, and author of several books on yoga and meditation. He is the founder of the Kripalu Institute for Extraordinary Living.

Early life[edit]

Stephen Cope was educated at Amherst College, where he converted from Protestantism to being a Presbyterian and subsequently a Quaker.[1] His working life began as a professional dancer.[1] He then became a pianist at the Boston Conservatory of Music.[1] He trained as a priest at Episcopal Divinity School in 1974, but was not ordained as he was openly homosexual.[1] He took a master's degree in social work. He had a career as a psychotherapist in Boston and began practising yoga and Buddhist meditation.[1]


He then became a Kripalu Yoga teacher, and author of several books on yoga and meditation including the bestselling[2] Yoga and the Quest for the True Self. He is the founder of the Kripalu Institute for Extraordinary Living and is a scholar-in-residence at Kripalu and has given numerous training courses there.[3][4] He was identified by Yoga Journal as one of the people who had "each, independently, discovered the benefits of merging mindfulness with asana", leading to "something we might call 'mindful yoga'."[5]


Yog Sundari were "touched and impressed" by The Wisdom of Yoga, calling it a useful guide and an alternative to the "often impenetrable" translations and commentaries on the Yoga Sutras.[6]


  • Yoga and the Quest for the True Self, Bantam, 2000. ISBN 978-0553386073[7]
  • Will Yoga & Meditation Really Change My Life?, Storey, 2003. ISBN 978-1580175098
  • The Wisdom of Yoga, Bantam, 2007. ISBN 978-0553380545
  • The Great Work of Your Life, Bantam Dell, 2015. ISBN 978-0553386073
  • Deep Human Connection, Hay House, 2019. ISBN 978-1401946531


  1. ^ a b c d e Anderson, Diane. "YJ Interview: A Life Less Ordinary with Stephen Cope". Yoga Journal. Retrieved 7 May 2019.
  2. ^ "Yoga and the Quest for the True Self". Google Books. Retrieved 7 May 2019.
  3. ^ "Meet Stephen Cope". Stephen Cope. Retrieved 7 May 2019.
  4. ^ "Stephen Cope | Scholar-In-Residence and Kripalu Ambassado". Kripalu. Retrieved 7 May 2019.
  5. ^ Isaacs, Nora (21 October 2008). "Bring More Mindfulness Onto the Mat". Yoga Journal. Retrieved 11 April 2019.
  6. ^ "The Wisdom of Yoga by Stephen Cope". Yog Sundari. Retrieved 7 May 2019.
  7. ^ Weisenberg, Bob (25 September 2012). "Stephen Cope Changed My Life. He Might Change Yours, Too". Elephant Journal.

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