How did you get into yoga? I was attending college and my English professor suggested that I write my paper on Yoga and Meditation. I didn’t really know what that was, so she gave me about 15 books on the subject and sent me to my first yoga class. I was only 17 and had no idea what was going on! It sparked my interest though and I began taking classes. Thinking back, I love to sequence, I was always making up dance routines for my friends since I was 5.
What is your favorite style of yoga? I love Vinyasa
What do your students say about your classes? Students tell me that I am a master at sequencing, and have the right balance of alignment and philosophy.
What is your favorite pose to practice and why? Handstand (Adho Mukha Vrksasana) is my favorite pose. I love being upside down and when I can hold it without much effort I feel elated!
Why did you want to be a YogaWorks instructor? Because as a yoga instructor you have many opportunities within the company to grow.
What do you love about teaching yoga? I love everything about teaching yoga: sequencing around a theme, watching students get excited about their practice and the philosophical contemplation.
If you could give your students one piece of advice, what would it be? Be humble. Don’t get too attached to your ability to do a pose. Our practice isn’t always linear. The body has a way of letting you know when it needs rest. Whether you have an aliment, or just “don’t have it” that day, you are exactly where you should be. Learn to put your energy into the breath or the intention of the class and when it’s ready the body will go deeper.
Where is your favorite place to practice? My all-time favorite place is a retreat center in Costa Rica. The open air yoga deck is on the side of a cliff and has stunning views of the ocean. It’s very centering.
Complete this sentence: “Yoga Works Because…” You don’t need much equipment, maybe just a mat. And it doesn’t matter if you come to yoga for physical, mental or emotional fitness. You will benefit from whatever you are ready to integrate into your life.
If you are in need of some deep relaxation, check out Jennifer’s top 5 poses for holiday stress relief – they can be practiced anytime you need to decompress!
Jennifer Elliott is an ERYT-500 and Yoga Therapist who has been teaching for more than 15 years. Jennifer blends her skills to create a seamless and challenging class for her students. For students who are ready for the next step, she shares her knowledge through her workshops and teacher training’s. For more info on Jennifer, visit JenniferElliottYoga.com or follow her on Facebook.