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My biggest desire is to help teachers deepen their practice beyond the physical and to connect yogis to their Center, to realize that they already ARE all that they need to be.
I was introduced to yoga while studying at the American Conservatory Theatre, (ACT) in San Francisco, intent on becoming a respected actress. It was 1985. After a few major turns in life, from acting to getting an M.A. degree to working in the arts management world, I quit everything and took a yoga teacher training. It was 1996, and my plan was to teach once a week while working for Time Warner.
Life had other plans. In a few months, I was teaching yoga full time and studying with all of the wonderful senior teachers who lived in or visited Los Angeles.
I met Yogarupa Rod Stryker in 1999 and began a dedicated 20 years studying under him, becoming a Certified ParaYoga Level II instructor and one of his senior teachers. During this time, I was invited to join the YogaWorks Teacher Training faculty where I taught their 200 and 300-hour trainings for ten years. A growing desire to put all of the information that I learned into one system finally came to fruition. In 2014 Tantra Flow Yoga™ was born with its 200 and 300-hour teacher training programs to meet the yoga needs of soul-seeking yogis around the globe.
My theatrical training and experience helps me maintain students’ attention, especially in seemingly boring content. Imagine a mix of Carol Burnett and Mary Tyler Moore talking yoga talk. Don’t be fooled by the theatrics; I bring a reverence and deep study to each topic underneath the playful outer layer. My dance background supports the intention to sequence so that things flow from one pose to the other, finding creativity while honoring integrity.
Working with scoliosis and arthritis has created a need for a dedicated asana practice to manage my ongoing pain. For my personal practice, there is no goal in working towards a pose; every day is about reclaiming center. As the pain increased it became clear to me that the athletic asana teacher could not be my path. So, I decided to put more energy towards learning about the steps beyond asana—Pranayama, meditation, yoga philosophy, and how to live as a yogi off the mat. The deeper I studied in these modalities, the happier and calmer I became. It is my mission to share this wisdom with you
I believe …
List of Jeanne’s Sessions
Using Asana To Navigate the Nadis for Balance and Equanimity
[B] Breath and Energy Work
At least 1 year of practice
Ancient yogis “saw” that we are made of 72,000 Nadis, currents for our energy (Prana) to travel, within the whole system.
Of that number, three Nadis are most important for yogis to understand to manage energy and establish balance in their life. Two of the Nadis are polar opposites and naturally alternate in their dominance, leading to a higher or lower energy throughout the day. When both are balanced, then the third can open, which permits one to access Chakras, Kundalini energy, a deep meditative state, even a connection to Supreme Consciousness.
Jeanne will introduce the Nadi system with a brief talk that explains the big picture and how each of the three operate. We will then move into an asana practice that brings the awareness to the three Nadis, in a variety of postures. (Yes, it’s crazy, and quite amazing).
The sequence will lead to a Pranayama practice of Nadi Shodhana, one of the most revered forms of Pranayama. This will take students into a Tantric Kriya, Prana Shuddhi, ultimately leading to the central channel. When we balance the left and right dualities in the body and mind and access the central Nadi, we are unaffected by dualities in any aspect of our life. This equanimity, according to scriptures and a variety of yoga styles, is the goal of yoga – to find one’s center of inner wisdom and love.