Jennifer Winther Yoga
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About Jennifer

Yogi. Teacher. PhD. Writer. Adventurer. Camper. Meditator. Breast cancer survivor. Motherless mother. Karateka. Libra. Badass Yogi Ninja Girl Monk Mom.

I'm one of those misfits who has rarely felt at home anywhere, but as a yoga teacher, I finally feel like I'm doing what I was meant to do with this life. It's been a very long and winding road to get here. I've got more degrees than I would ever need, I've traveled a fair bit. I have a musical, athletic, gypsy, troubled, sad, adventurous, bookish, multi-cultural, and spiritual past. All of that has led me here. Here to Los Angeles, where I teach yoga, raise my kids, march in protests, and try to connect with people who think it's ok for me to be who I am. 

We all have struggles. We all have stress. We all have pain from our past that we carry with us in some way. We all have bodies and minds and hearts that need tending. That's where the yoga comes in.

I come to my mat every day to replenish my cup – to tap in to the strength, grace, and clarity that lies within, because at some point during the day, I disconnect from it, I get caught up in the busyness and stress of daily life and I forget how beautiful life is, how beautiful and strong I am. A few minutes on my mat, and I remember. It's like magic.

Whatever you've been struggling with, however far away you may seem from believing how perfectly marvelous you are, just as you are now, a regular yoga practice will help you clear through the nonsense and find that strong center.  

Start where you are. Whatever you think you want from your yoga practice, be it clarity, focus, release, strength, grace, community, flexibility, balance, inversions, physical challenge, peace, spiritual growth, play, flow, sweat, endurance, quiet, self-acceptance, confidence, or all of the above, come practice with me. You've got this. And I've got you.

 

 

Partnerships & Certifications

I'm grateful to the teachers that have been there for me at just the right time, in just the right way, to guide me forward as a yogi and as a teacher. When you step in to my class, you can expect to be safe, taken care of, challenged, and appreciated. My teachers have created that space for me, and now it's my great pleasure to create it for you. Below is a glimpse in to the worlds of the teachers I have trained under, the companies, and the communities I am a part of. Please use the contact form at the bottom of the page to get in touch about classes.

 

Cancer Warrior Foundation

Cancer Warrior Foundation is a 501(c)(3) created to empower young women through their cancer journey. By providing a variety of free services that positively impact mind, body and soul, CWF encourages a strong sense of hope for a future filled with possibility.

 
 

certified: Trauma-informed Yoga Teacher

The Purple Dot Yoga Project started with a simple desire to empower the individual from survivor to thriver, and help them in realizing their strength and worth as powerful people through the practice and philosophy of Yoga.

We use Yoga as a tool to bring the public together and open up a conversation around domestic violence, because we firmly believe that it takes a tribe to make a difference.

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CERTIFIED: PRIMAL YOGA FLOW

Created by one of my mentors, Liz Arch. Primal Yoga® is a dynamic yoga and martial arts fusion style that merges Vinyasa yoga with the artistry of Kung Fu and the grace of Tai Chi into an athletic, heat-building flow, while focusing on alignment, balance, strength, power, and flexibility.

Coming from a karate background, this was a very natural fusion for me. In my first Primal Yoga Flow class, I thought, "My body has wanted to move like this for a decade!" 

I weave in Primal Yoga Flow poses in to my regular Vinyasa classes. A little tai chi breath here, some qigong tapping there, even some ninja blocks and kicks once in a while. Don't worry, it's still yoga! And it's great fun. Come practice!  

 

Yoga and body image coalition:Community Partner

YBIC is committed to developing, promoting and supporting yoga that is accessible, body-positive and reflects the full range of human diversity. We advocate yoga as an essential tool in personal transformation, from the inside out, including a critical social justice component. We inform, educate and work with organizations that are ready to shift the current media paradigm to one that is more inclusive, equitable and just, and challenge industry leaders and media creators to expand their vision of what a yogi looks like.

Follow the link to read my feature for YBIC's joint project with Yoga International: #whatayogilookslike

200 hour E-RYT certified: HOLISTIC YOGA FLOW

This style of Yoga strengthens and invigorates the body through power vinyasa. Power vinyasa encompasses strength, balance, flexibility, stamina and detoxification, all within the context of a seamless, unbroken flow that links breath with movement. We like to think of it as an athletic meditation in motion. Holistic Yoga Flow goes beyond the physical to incorporate pranayama, chanting, meditation, subtle anatomy, philosophy, mythology, ayurvedic medicine and lifestyle components.

 
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MANDUKA YOGA AMBASSADOR

Manduka Yoga's Pro Yoga Mat is the best mat I've used, and is guaranteed for life. You can try one at Yogaraj, where we keep them clean to borrow for every class.

As a Manduka Yoga Ambassador, I've been honored to lead a benefit class for ProjectOM, the May 2017 campaign with the Susan G Komen Foundation that aimed to get One Million yogis practicing together around the world in support of eradicating breast cancer. Check out "Survior Story: Jennifer Winther" on Manduka's blog.

If you show up for my classes regularly, you may just go home with some treats from Manduka.... Happiness Journals, Mat towels, Yoga straps, and other fun things.  

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300 HOUR RYT CERTIFIED: YOGAWORKS

In this professional yoga teacher training program, I had the privilege of working with some of the most experienced teachers in Los Angeles. The Yoga Works method focuses on safe alignment in classical poses, and you'll get the benefits of this most in my Fundamentals classes, where I teach the "how" of yoga asana (postures) even more than in the vinyasa classes.

 

 
 

Contact Me

Whether it's Yoga for yourself, a Yoga Gift Certificate for someone else, Yoga for your company or workplace, a one-on-one yoga session or to request something fun in a public class, send me a message and I'll make it happen. Or if you just want to chat, say "hey."

 

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