Ko Hermon tōku maunga
Ko Hasbani tōku awa
Ko Ngāti Hūrai tōku iwi
Nō Jerusalem ahau
Kei Ngāmotu ahau e noho ana
Ko Ruth Cohen tōku ingoa

Kia ora, I am Ruth, I started Thrive as a business back in 2008 soon after I emigrated to Aotearoa from Canada. I now live in Ngāmotu, Taranaki with my partner and two children. I’ve been teaching Yoga since 2001, my Yoga practice and teaching has evolved and changed as I have over the years. I love making Yoga accessible to everybody.

My love for food and cooking started at an early age, watching my mother and grandmother create in the kitchen. When I started learning more about fermented foods, it felt a little bit like making magic, working with those little micro organisms that keep our ecosystems going, inside and out. I enjoy sharing these passions in a fun way with others.

Education & Training
  • BSc Human Biology, University of Toronto 1997
  • Nutrition courses, Ryerson Polytechnique University 1998
  • Yoga Siromani (Teacher of Yoga) The International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre (Neyyar Dam, India) 2001
  • Certified Curvy Yoga teacher 2014
  • Certified Yoga for Round Bodies teacher 2015
  • Certificate in Tikanga Rongoā (level 4), Te Wānanga o Aotearoa, 2020
  • Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga Facilitator (TCTSY-F) 2023
  • member Yoga New Zealand, Yoga teacher Level 3