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My Yoga Background


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Here is a history of my yoga training, for those interested.

My most extensive period of yoga training place during the year I lived in India. While there, I completed 1,900 hours of residential training at  SVYASA with the 1-month Teacher Training Program and the 6-month Certified Yoga Sciences Therapy Course, where I also worked with yoga therapy patients, taught yoga and meditation classes and gave lectures on yoga techniques. I talk about the course program in detail, along with my take on that experience, here.

It was also in India (at Mysore, and at Neyyar Dam, in Kerala) where I furthered my studies in Classical, Hatha, Sivananda and Astanga yoga – and augmented them by attending the 14th Annual International Yoga Conference in India. At the conference, I attended workshops led by Naschala Joy Devi and other respected yogis. I am an associate of the  Shivambu Yoga and Nature Cure Clinic in Kolhapur, India, where I trained in the yogic practice of Sivambu.

I studied in the United States with the Kripalu Yoga and Health Centre, where I had classes with Rodney Lee and Amy Weintraub, among others, and I was part of their “Seva training.” My experience there was what rooted my decision to become a yoga instructor/therapist.

In Canada, I trained at the Sivananda Yoga Center.  I also participated in the 700-hour Teacher Training Program Esther Myers Yoga in the heart-felt tradition of Vanda Scaravelli. This was after the training in India, and the instructors at Esther Myers Yoga left a profound imprint with me, on how to practice – and teach – yoga with Heart.

As a yoga instructor and therapist, I was registered with Yoga Alliance at 500 hours and was a professional member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists.

Over the past 10 years, I have worked with the Community of Occupational Therapists and Associates and the Riverdale Hospital, (now closed), in Toronto, Canada as an OT assistant for the terminally ill. Until leaving Toronto in 2003, I had continued community outreach through regular workshops for members of Gilda’s Club, a cancer hospice in Toronto, including gentle weekly yoga classes and breathing workshops.

My extensive teaching experience includes yoga therapy in India at the  Arrogya Dhama Health Retreat, at the Nilambe Buddhist Meditation Centre in Sri Lanka, as well as in Thailand, France, USA and Canada. My students include professional athletes, surgeons, students, executives, expectant mothers, artists, adults and children, and just regular folk like myself!

In Amsterdam, I offer group and private classes, corporate classes and yoga therapy, Shivambu mentoring, as well the 250-hour Teaching Training and 500-hour Yoga Therapy Programs, which are available at this time on a one-to-one basis, or in intimate groups of no more than 6 participants.


Associate – Shivambu Yoga and Nature Cure Centre, India
Registered Member – Yoga Alliance; Registered at 500 hours, USA 2004-2009
Professional Member – International Association of Yoga Therapists, USA 2004-2009

©2011 Jennie Akse Yoga, All Rights Reserved


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