Ellen Johannesen. I was born in Norway and have been yoga teacher for more than 17 years. I took up yoga during my career as a professional dancer. I first encountered Ashtanga yoga during a tour to New York in 1994, and have practiced ever since. I utilise my in background in dance with a deep interest in body and mind to teach yoga adaptad to any level of practitioner. I am an KPJAYI authorized level 2 Ashtanga yoga teacher and sI also hold a teacher training certificate from John Scott.

In 2002 I co-founded the first Ashtanga studio In Oslo, Norway, Ashtanga Yoga Oslo where I was the principal teacher in charge of the Mysore program. A growing interest in Buddhism brought me first to Bylakuppe, South India, where I spent about three years living in a Tibetan Monastery. I then moved to Kathmandu where I, after completeing a Tibetan translator training course, earned a degree in Buddhist studies and Himalayan Languages from Kathmandu university. I am currently gaining my Masters Degree while working as a yoga teacher for Pranamaya Yoga, Kathmandu.

The grace of jumping back and jumping through transforms an Ashtanga or Vinyasa practice into a moving meditation. For most of us though, it's well... not quite so graceful :-). Here the extraordinary Ellen Johannesen offers tips to bring some lightness and technique to your transitions. Music and production by Tim Stewart.

For more videos of Ellen Johannesen see Ellen´s YouTube channel!