Jennifer Conatser Engelman
I began my yoga journey as a college student at the Asthanga Yoga Studio on White Street in January of 2001. A friend of mine directed me there after I inquired about her study-break-headstand habit. I vividly remember my first class, a Sunday afternoon Level 1 taught by Ray Eppler. Not only did I stand on my head, I felt clearer, brighter and abuzz with energy. I knew I had found a lifelong practice.
After a year of practicing, Andrew entrusted me with a key to the studio and a couple of classes to lead while he was in India. I was excited…and terrified! Thus my teaching journey began. In 2004, I attended my first teacher training with Tim Miller at the Ashtanga Yoga Center in Encinitas, CA. The deep dive into studying asana, pranayama and yoga philosophy transfixed me and I began seeking out more opportunities to study yoga.
I have completed trainings in the Ashtanga Yoga Second Series with Tim Miller, Samatva and Prenatal Yoga with Karen Prior, and I have traveled to Mysore to practice at the Ashtanga Yoga Research Institute. I have been fortunate to practice in workshops senior teachers such as David Williams, Danny Paradise, David and Doug Swenson, Richard Freeman, Robert Boustany, Doug Keller, Desiree Rumbaugh and many others. I am currently working toward my 500 hour certification with Tias and Surya Little of Prajna Yoga in Santa Fe. In addition to yoga, my interests include natural and functional movement practices, women’s health, meditation, and Zen buddhism.
After all these years, I’m still practicing and teaching yoga at the Ashtanga Yoga Studio! I believe the yoga mat is a place where we plant the seeds of a practice to support us in every day life. On my own mat and in my classes, practicing yoga is a process of peeling back the layers of our multi-faceted experience to arrive at deeper awareness of our true selves. It’s a practice that can be adapted for everyone - from beginner to experienced practitioner, in any phase of life. Because I believe so deeply in the transformative powers of yoga, it is my greatest honor to share the practice.