Faculty - Matthew Cohen

Sifu Matthew Cohen is the founder and creator of Sacred Energy Arts: a unique, integrated system of health and self development drawing from the teachings of yoga, qigong, and martial arts. Matthew developed this method after discovering that even though yoga, qigong, and the internal martial arts each stand alone as great health systems, that something powerful and transformative emerges as the practices join. Together they compliment each other to create a complete practice.

Matthew has been fully immersed in the study and application of Martial, Yogic and Healing Arts for over 30 years.

At a young age Matthew instinctively gravitated towards yoga, discovering the hidden secrets within the breath, balance, and strength of the poses. Matthew’s practice continued to grow, obtaining certifications in Ashtanga under Tim Miller and Hatha Yoga under Max Strom, Sarah Powers, and Saul David Raye. Matthew has the highest Yoga Alliance certification as an E-RYT® 500 certified teacher.

At 12-years-old, Matthew began martial arts training at Kam Yuen’s School of Tai Mantis Kung Fu, eventually earning the rank of 5th degree black belt. He went on to attain the title of Guru in Kun Tao Silat under the masterful Willem de Thouars. Inspired by these teachers and their ability to draw great inner strength from these practices, Matthew went on to study the three great internal martial arts of China: Tai Chi, Xing Yi, and Ba Gua. Matthew had the good fortune to train many hours privately in China with the renown grandmaster Duan Zhi Laing. There he received the masters blessing to share his style of Primordial Chaos Qigong. He then studied under Liu Xuyang in Neija, Ba Gua, and Xing Yi. Matthew earned a position as a 6th generation teacher in the lineage and only person recognized to teach his style in the United States. Today Matthew is a highly sought after master teacher of Tai Chi as well as Qigong: The art of energy cultivation.

Matthew is great believer in the life long journey of the continual growth in the Sacred Energy Arts. He currently is learning and training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu with Master Jean Jacques Machado.

Matthew is based in Malibu, California and travels internationally teaching workshops, intensives, and teacher trainings.

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Young Bamboo - Strength and Flexibility

Matthew Cohen - FR2COH

This class emphasizes developing strength and flexibility, physically and mentally through Tapas (acts of will that create heat). By extending ourselves energetically and physically, we immediately become connected and supported. Our practice deepens and is nourished. This practice will explore your choice of themes, whether the focus is on hips & hamstrings, back bends & inversions, or balances & twists.


6:00 PM - 8:00 PM (2 HRS)


Yoga - Tai Chi Fusion - Roots and Sky

Matthew Cohen - SA3COH

Matthew teaches his blend of Yoga and Tai Chi, using breath and intention; stillness and motion. Yoga emphasizes the linear, Tai Chi the circular; Yoga reaches to the sky, while Tai Chi sends roots deep into the Earth. This workshop offers gifts from these great traditions as well as strength, flexibility, grace and power. Tai Chi is the most practiced Martial Art in the world. It’s benefits include: grace, balance, stress reduction, increased range of motion, functional strength, body intelligence, bone density, & more. The added element of Tai Chi brings a profound intelligence and energy awareness to one’s yoga practice.


1:00 PM - 3:00 PM (2 HRS)


Befriending the Dragon - Balancing Destructive Emotions

Matthew Cohen - SA4COH

Trauma is the birthplace of destructive emotions. Without proper recognition of these behavioral patterns, we can often regress in our emotional development. That regression becomes the inhibitor of living the lives that we were intended for. Emotions are not meant to be feared but rather to be understood, like markers of a wound that needs to be healed. Fear is a mile wide, but paper thin. By first coming to place of greater emotional awareness, we can move through the fear, into acceptance, and lastly begin to utilize the practices that can act as the salve to our emotional wounds. By using techniques from both Qigong and Yoga we will explore meditations, mudras, & other means by which to befriend the dragon that means us no harm.


3:15 PM - 5:15 PM (2 HRS)


Carrying the Medicine - The Touchstones of Sacred Energy Arts

Matthew Cohen - SA5COH

We will learn some of the core S.E.A hallmarks: strength & flexibility, conscious transitions, rooted Asanas, releasing tension, balancing and harmonizing the Pranic field and encouraging beauty, authenticity and healing in one's practice. This workshop is a beautiful way to learn some of the touchstones of Sacred Energy Arts, and carrying them into the world.


5:30 PM - 7:30 PM (2 HRS)


Five Element Qigong

Matthew Cohen - SU7COH

The ancient Chinese scholars believe that the universe consists of five basic elements, which are Metal, Water, Wood, Fire and Earth. The Five Element Qigong works with these basic elements. Specific movements relate to a particular element, which in turn relates to various organs in the body. Each element also refers to a particular season. For example, Metal, the element of the fall season, is related to the lungs and large intestine. In the Five Element Qigong, the Metal element movement of “Great Hawk Spreads Its Wings” is practiced to heal and strengthen the organs related to the element. The Five Element Qigong practice is done in alternating intervals of standing poses and walking meditation. Each sacred gesture is followed by a few minutes of walking, the purpose of which is to learn to transition smoothly from the sacred to secular everyday activities so that over time, there’s no difference between a meditative practice and the daily life.


9:00 AM - 4:00 PM (6 HRS)