As Our Yoga Adventure to Bali
draws near, we'd love to introduce you to the woman in charge of your asana for 10 days, Jennifer Elliott! Her yoga journey began with a nudge from an English professor who suggested she write her paper on yoga and meditation, which unknowingly sparked a life long pursuit. Continuing with her quest for more knowledge, she has spent the last 15 years learning as much as she can about all dimensions of yoga. Over the last decade she has shared her knowledge through her classes and teacher training's, most recently with Yoga Travel Tree this upcoming May!
Jennifer has her YogaWorks 500hr Certification, E-RYT 500, 300hr Yoga Therapy Certification from LMU, Bhagvadgita and Upanishads courses from LMU, 70hrs in Anatomy and Philosophy from Santa Barbara Yoga Center and 10 hrs Pauly Zink Yin Teacher Training, so she's well qualified to take your yoga practice to the next level.
Tell me your yoga story. How did you discover yoga? When did it become a passion?
I first discovered yoga when I was 17. I was in college and for some reason my English Professor told me I should write my paper on Yoga and Meditation.
I wasn't quite sure what that was, so she sent me to my first yoga class and actually loaned me all the books to write the paper! I was young and didn't understand it at first. But about a year later I saw a flyer for a yoga class and I decided to try a 5 week intro series. It still didn't grab me, until I found my next teacher. Then I finally got it! I felt so great after class I couldn't wait to come back!
How has yoga become more than a hobby? How have you made it part of your career?
I eat, breathe and sleep yoga! I teach yoga full time and many styles of classes from Yin to Vinyasa, Yoga Therapy to Teacher Training. Adding my private clients, and oh yeah, MY OWN practice, yoga is ingrained in all aspects of my life.
At YTT, we believe that travel is an important and crucial part of life. Tell us about your first meaningful travel experience?
My first meaningful travel experience was in Costa Rica in my early 20's. I spent a month traveling around the country. I had such an amazing time meeting new people and I was there long enough to feel like a local.
You're our featured yoga teacher on our first ever Yoga Travel Tree retreat to Bali! Our retreats are a little different. We like to think of them as amazing travel adventures with a side of yoga. What are you most looking forward to about teaching on the retreat?
I'm most looking forward to meeting new people. I love how at the beginning of a retreat everyone feels like strangers, but by the end they become good friends.
What are you most excited about experiencing in Bali?
I'm excited about the hot springs and experiencing a new culture.
If someone is new to yoga, do you think they can still enjoy your sessions during the trip?
Of course. I tend to give variations so everyone feels like they have a place to take their practice. Plus, a retreat can be a great place to deepen your practice and ask questions. You don't always have that time in a regular yoga class.
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