When I was introduced to Classical Yoga in 1989, the practice of Yoga provided a tangible way to calm my anxious mind, and appreciate the potential of the present moment, even in the most difficult times. Over the decades, my understanding and experience of the practice has evolved so that yoga isn’t something that happens on the mat. It takes place in every moment of every day. Integrating time tested universal ethics, movement, breath and a means of turning our attention inward to our true nature through meditation, yoga has the potential to transform every life from the inside out.
Since 1999, I’ve been dedicated to sharing my understanding of the practice through teaching. I’m dedicated to supporting students to utilize the practice to exercise their own potential for exploration, creativity, service and real love, for living a meaningful life.
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Wednesdays: 12 – 1:15pm Foundations of Yoga
Saturdays: 9 – 10:15am Mandala Vinyasa
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PRACTICE WITH ME ON ZOOM
Tuesdays & Thursdays: 8:15am – 8:45am Free Meditation
Thursdays: 9am – 10:15am Mandala Vinyasa
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Jennifer’s Mandala Yoga progressively guides us through a series of adventurous and engaging practices that support strength in your body, and a clear, calm mind. Begin practicing today at Yoga Anytime.
In 2018, Jennifer created a series of 84 postures that are present in modern postural yoga in response: Asana in an urban environment, practiced largely by women, many of which are standing postures as a form of exercise and to counter the sitting in chairs that comprises modern living. This project was also a commentary on yoga on social media. On one hand, we want to be seen, and on the other hand, we struggle to see who we truly are. The practice of uniting body, mind and breath “polishes our own mirrors.” It makes it possible to see that we aren’t who often we think we are at all.
In Jennifer’s practice and in teaching, she draw from these 84 postures often. They are also taught in Season 2 in Mandala Yoga below.
In winter of 2015, while in India, Jennifer visited the Mahamandir temple inside what is now a schoolyard in Jodphur to see a mural of 84 yoga postures painted in the early 1800’s. As her understanding of the practice of yoga has evolved, she became curious about the paintings. She had come to understand that the yoga that we were practicing was almost entirely modern in it’s form, and very western.
The Jodhpur images, which weren’t the first set of images to visually document 84 postures, are currently not cared for by the government, so they are in latter stages of decay, but even so, they tell the story: The practice of yoga was at that time geared towards, cleansing, and keeping the body healthy. Most of the postures are seated.
Jennifer seems to take you on a little journey each time she answers a question and, like any great guide, she stays right with you every step of the way. She is the owner of the Breathe Together Yoga studio and author of the magnificent River of Offerings book which vividly tells the story, in words and pictures, of her 12 trips following the path of the Ganges River. There’s a realness about her that will draw you right in in the simplest and most loving way.
She shares with us a compass for making business decisions that are conscious and kind, as well as prudent and profitable. She shares her history from pushing against social constructs to finding yoga, teaching yoga, and inevitably building a business seen as a sanctuary for all who call Breathe Together Yoga their healing space. We’ll discuss the pivots that were needed in the midst of COVID-19 uncertainty and understand guiding principles, like meditation, that keep kindness and compassion at the forefront of how we show up in this world.
Listen on Real Eyes.
May we be steady, present and joyful.
May our words improve upon the silence.
May we be the change we wish to see.
THROUGH BREATHE TOGETHER YOGA’S NEWSLETTER
“Jennifer creates a safe place for students to grow and change.”
“A masterful teacher who creates safe space and strong bonds between the students. She has an amazing ability to see in everyone our greatest potential, and skillfully guide us to fulfill what’s beyond we consider possible.”
“Jennifer has a gift where she can see you, to make a connection. As she says, we are all unique flowers, and she will help your flower grow and begin to blossom.”
“Jennifer is the rare teacher who always knows exactly what her students need: whether it’s to slow down and take things more mindfully or it’s time to explore one’s edge.”
“Jennifer Prugh is a masterful teacher, with a compassionate heart, who sees greatness in others.”
“Jennifer is very attentive and constantly helps you push yourself to your limit. I also appreciate the focus on meditation at the end of the class. Even if it’s just a few minutes of quiet and calmness, it’s still a few minutes more than I would normally have a day.”
“I’m an avid student of Jennifer Prugh’s and never thought I’d find a teacher I like as much, but I have thoroughly enjoyed each and every class I’ve taken.”
“Her style of teaching was very supportive, encouraging, warm and inviting.”
“Jennifer, since she is such a passionate, hands-on instructor who teaches with my style of sense of humor and firmness of instruction.”