Ashtanga Workshop


JEn rEné


“I'm Jen René, and I've been teaching and practicing yoga for about fifteen years now - hard to believe. All those years ago, I dropped into a class while living in a brand new city, and the teacher told me I could either sign up for two months or go home.

I chose to stay, and the rest is history.

Although I have dabbled in various styles of yoga, Ashtanga has always felt like home, and I have been a devoted Ashtanga student since 2007. My practice and teaching are mainly influenced by Tim Miller, who has been my teacher for the past decade. I've learned all of primary, intermediate and advanced A series from him and am currently in the home stretch of learning advanced B. More importantly, I've learned how to be a devoted and equanimous teacher from watching Tim.

Other sources of inspiration in my teaching and practice include Richard Freeman and Mary Taylor and David Garrigues - all of whom I've logged hundreds of hours of study with. My teaching is also influenced by my formal training in Pilates apparatus - so if you find your abs to be extra sore after working with me, that's why. 

After graduate school and a few unfulfilling attempts at holding down corporate jobs, I decided to focus on teaching Mysore – after all, I knew that was where my heart was. I built an awesome Mysore community here in DC. I see around forty students a morning in all their sweaty glory. I have taught students all of the Primary, Intermediate and Advanced A asana. But beyond asana, my biggest goal (and greatest reward) is to instill in my students a devotion, faith and enthusiasm for this practice. I believe wholeheartedly that Ashtanga Yoga is for everyone, and I like to take a real approach to it - it can be beautiful, but usually it's much more of a beautiful mess.

I believe in the healing and transformative effects of this practice, and I'm so excited that I get to share my love for it with you!”


Jen will be coming to DAYS the weekend of 9/20-9/22


Friday 6-8 pm - Ashtanga Essentials -

This workshop will focus on the Ashtanga essentials - Tristana, Vinyasa and Sun Salutations.

Tristana loosely translates into three standing places - in Ashtnaga this is the breath, posture, and gazing point. These important places of action should always be a part of the asana practice.

Vinyasa is the breathing and moving system. This generates heat and cleansing. The perfect example of when vinyasa occurs is with the sun salutations.The sun salutations - stringing together body, breath, mind and soul. Sun salutations connect our breath and our movement and begin the practice of yoga and meditation.

Saturday 9-11am - Guided Primary Series -

This is not the same feel as our normal Friday Led Primary classes. This is much more informative based on Jen’s practicing and teaching experience. She gives dives into good alignment and proper tristana with her cues throughout the practice.

Saturday 1-3pm - Weightless Transitions -

In yoga transitions can be more difficult than the pose itself. This workshop is designed to break them down and make them more accessible. In their simplest form, transitions are just physics - it’s all about transferring your body weight and knowing when to lift. This workshop will focus on moving from your center and moving effortlessly through the transition like sun salutations, jump backs and jump throughs.

Sunday 9-11am - Mysore style class -

Come get fresh eyes on your normal practice from one of the best. 

Sunday 1-3pm - Core for Yogis -

Looking to give your yoga practice a boost? Can’t quite figure out how to activate your low abs or lengthen your low back? Do you experience pain in your back or SI? Try some more core to help you collect yourself, stabilize yourself and prevent injury.

This workshop focuses on some key Pilates and core strengthening movements that will help you build strength in your asana practice. A little ab work can go a long way. You’ll leave this workshop knowing a few key exercises to do on your own.
Expect an emphasis on core strength, controlled movement, and correct muscle activation. The precision of these core movements rehabilitates, stabilizes, and strengthens making for a more aligned and strong asana practice.