Jennifer Elliott, (Authorized Level 2) is the senior teacher and director of AYC. She has been a dedicated student of yoga for more than 30 years and teaching for more than 20. She was blessed to have found her first yoga teacher, Richard Freeman, when she was an undergraduate student at University of Colorado. (1981). Since her first introduction to yoga with Richard, she has studied with many other gifted and acclaimed teachers.
She did graduate studies in California where she was introduced to Eleanor Criswell (Somatic Yoga). She took and then taught classes in Hatha Yoga at Sonoma State University. (1987)
She returned to Boulder to continue her studies with Richard to find him engaged in the Ashtanga-Vinyasa method of practice of yoga. From Richard’s, Yoga Workshop, she was introduced to Tim Miller, who taught her the transformative and healing power of the vinyasa system of synchronizing breath with movement, focusing mental energy with driste and bandha. During her years in Boulder she also continued her studies of Aikido with Ikeda Sensei of Boulder Aikikai, where she earned her black belt. Her previous teachers in California were Wendy Palmer and Richard Strozzi-Heckler, who she considers prime influences on her life, her decision to teach yoga, and her work in the mind-body arena.
Jennifer continued her studies with Richard Freeman until 1997.
Jennifer began teaching the Asthanga Vinyasa method once she moved back to Charlottesville, Virginia in 1998 ( her childhood home).
She opened the Ashtanga Yoga of Charlottesville practice in 2005, a shala dedicated to teaching the ashtanga method as she learned from Shri K Pattabhi Jois, Richard Freeman, Tim Miller, and many other senior teachers in the tradition.
She has made 7 pilgrimages to Mysore, India to study with Shri K Pattabhi Jois and his grandson, Sharath.
Jennifer’s dedication and devotion to Ashtanga Yoga is evident in the clarity of her teaching. Jennifer’s primary intentions are to maintain the purity and integrity of Ashtanga Yoga as taught to her by Shri K Pattabhi Jois and Sharath, at the same time to maintain the accessibility of the yoga experience to all levels of practitioners.
Jennifer received authorization at level 2 from Sharath Jois and is honored to carry on the lineage of teaching traditional ashtanga yoga practice in the Mysore setting.
Contact Jennifer at or 434-531-5441.