Ready, Set, Yoga: Meet Jennifer, Your Very Own Yoga and Meditation Teacher

May 3, 2016
by Jennifer Partridge for Thrive Market
Ready, Set, Yoga: Meet Jennifer, Your Very Own Yoga and Meditation Teacher

Mahatma Gandhi once said, "Be the change you wish to see in the world." To me, this is why yoga is so important—because the basic practice puts you in charge of your own healing and empowerment, which will then transform the world for the better.

As a yoga teacher, my goal is to support people in remembering their true selves—to release, heal, and awaken their potential. That’s what I’m offering in my new series for Thrive Market, Ready, Set, Yoga. Join me each week for guided yoga and meditation sessions to help with everything from silencing negativity to aiding digestion to activating quick energy. Even a 10-minute yoga practice can change your day, lift you into a more positive state of being, and help you navigate the challenges and opportunities of life. When we do yoga we shift our state of consciousness, and that’s how we incite real change.

I discovered yoga in my early 20s when I was experiencing intense anxiety attacks. My life had been out of balance for a number of years—I had been experimenting with drugs and alcohol and I didn’t realize at the time I was using them to escape from my problems. When yoga came into my life, things began to change. For the first time in a long time, I started to find peace and clarity. I could cleanse my physical body of a lot of toxicity, stemming from substances and negative patterns. Yoga became my new addiction, so to speak—but a healthy one.

Off I went to Nepal, where I studied yoga and meditation practices passed down by the guru, Osho, at a place called OM Family Ashram. Then I spent more than a year exploring various yoga traditions with many teachers in India. At the Himalaya Yoga Valley in Goa, I completed a 300-hour training with Lalit Kumar. Our studies were based on the eight limbs (or steps) of yoga as taught by the sage Patanjali. The focus was not just the physical act of asana (postures)—my intention was to learn to awaken the whole life of a human being through breath work (pranayama) and meditation, while practicing positive moral and ethical conduct and self-discipline. When I returned to the US, I continued my studies with a 200-hour teacher training for Kundalini yoga at Golden Bridge Yoga in Los Angeles.

Now I’m certified with the International Yoga Alliance and believe that there is no end in the study of yoga. My life is devoted to it. It’s made me a much better and kinder human being. I’ve learned to have subtle awareness of my physical, emotional, and mental states. My eyes are opened to how I interact with the world. As a result, my own peace and sense of self love, as well as my compassion for other people, animals, and the planet, have flourished. When I start the day with yoga and meditation, it creates a ripple of joy and ease in my days. And I want you to experience this, too.

Wherever you are and no matter your situation, whether you’re just starting out on your healing path or are simply looking to find deeper connection and meaning in your life, yoga can help. It connects you to your innermost truth—this is the place where all your answers live. I find that we’ve become so dependent and concerned about the opinions of others—family, doctors, boyfriends, girlfriends—that we get overwhelmed and confused. When you dive into yoga, you find the right answers for you, no matter what the question may be.

As Yogi Bhagan (the guru that passed down Kundalini yoga) said: “If you want to really learn something, then teach it.” Teaching is my greatest honor. So if there’s anything in particular you’d like to explore, ask away in the comments below. I’m so looking forward to sharing my yoga and meditation practice with with you!


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4 thoughts on “Ready, Set, Yoga: Meet Jennifer, Your Very Own Yoga and Meditation Teacher”

  • Toddre Monier
    Toddre Monier May 5, 2016 at 4:12 am

    Awesome! I love this. Thank you for being here and offering this great gift.

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  • RM Tavora

    Hi Jennifer, thank you for sharing your path and expertise with us. I look forward to your series! I have wanted to start a yoga routine since *forever*, but I haven't been able to invest (time, money) in a class; I have always been lean, used to jog and lift weights, but have fallen out of the workout habit for the past 3 years. I have dabbled with yoga on YouTube, but am not sure how to approach the poses from where I am physically/mentally. I want the enlightenment and compassion you experienced, and also the flexibility, confidence (both in body and mind). Do you recommend a live class to start? Or can a beginner find a video routine that will start them off; one that will help them start where they are at and also nurture the spiritual aspect of Yoga? Thank you for inspiring us! :-)

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    • Jennifer Partridge
      Jennifer Partridge May 16, 2016 at 7:41 am

      Hi RM Tavora, thank you so much for reaching out and i am so pleased you are excited to dive into a yoga practice that suits you. To me there are no rules in yoga, only to do what feels best for your body, mind and spirit. There are so many different types of yoga you can choose from and finding the type that makes your soul smile is the first step... You could do a restorative class- that is gentle which will help you ease in to the practice. You could try a Hatha Style class, which is a basic system of yoga that is good for all types. You could do a kundalini class, which has chanting, more breath work and meditative qualities. And there are many others to choose from. They may not all be designed for you. Because yoga is so varied. So my suggestion is to start trying them out. Experiment until you find the right one just for you! I am going to prepare some videos with you in mind, that tailor for someone just starting out and whom want to know the basics. Thank you for writing to me and inspiring these yoga videos.

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      • RM Tavora

        Thank you for the suggestions and encouragement, Jennifer! Can't wait to see more from you. Namaste :-)

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