Jen Jivani considers Yoga a path for life, and believes in its transformational powers on and off the mat. Her teaching arises from her deep compassion for all living beings. She delights in continually growing and evolving as a teacher with the influences of her wonderful teachers and also from her own life experiences.
Jen discovered the joy of Iyengar style Hatha Yoga in 1990 in her first year of college at UC Santa Cruz where she received her BA in Environmental Studies. She continued attending weekly classes for years, which she loved & always looked forward to. In 1994, Jen was introduced to Bhakti Yoga and the art of Kirtan, call & response devotional singing, and fell in love with the meditative power of chanting mantras & sitting with spiritual community for satsang with Baba Hari Dass (Babaji). 3 years after the birth of her daughter, when parenting had become her main yoga practice, she decided to do a yoga teacher training to dive deep back into Hatha Yoga and reclaim herself. She completed her 200-hour Yoga teacher training led by the students of Baba Hari Dass in 2003 at Mt. Madonna Center in Classical Ashtanga Yoga, the 8-limbed path. Babaji, a silent monk foretold that she would teach all over in a variety of locations to all kinds of people. Babaji’s foretelling couldn’t have been more true! She has been teaching steadily for a decade, kids & teens, family yoga, Vinyasa, Bhakti (devotional) Flow, & Gentle Therapeutics.
Jen embraces Krishnamacarya’s philosophy that Yoga is appropriate for everybody, just not every type of Yoga, and so it is Jen’s honor to help people find “their practice.” Jen creates sequences that are fun and challenging while being accessible for everyone, and she can’t wait to share her love of Yoga with YOU!
Certifications & Training:
Mt. Madonna Center 200-hour Classical Ashtanga Yoga Teacher Training 2003
Indigo Children’s Yoga 8-hour training 2004
Mark Whitwell’s Yoga 50-hour training 2006
Matthew Sweeney’s Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga 50-hour training 2006
Michael Fukumura’s Anusara Yoga 108-hour Immersion training 2008
Michael Fukumura’s Anusara Yoga 108-hour Teacher Training 2010