I feel as a teacher my first responsibility is to INSPIRE my students to embrace health, wellness, and a balanced state of being. As most certainly," Yoga is not about the shape of your body but rather the shape of your LIFE". (- Aadil)

"That which we can change for the better - we must !" (-Aadil)

I strive to give my students the tools of Asana, Ayurveda, & Meditation whereby the student can eventually cultivate a self practice thereby changing their "story" or context and heal oneself.

My teacher, Aadil Palkivala comes from an alignment based yoga lineage having worked with BKS Iyengar since the age of 7. Safety and integrity of asana are my top concerns as I believe that yoga asana is not about getting the body into a pose but rather about getting the pose into the body. In a classroom setting, I focus on truly being present. To actually see and feel the room and try to provide as much personalized guidance as possible.

I do not take the gift of yoga lightly and I do my personal best to not only teach yoga with integrity but to also live my yoga and do my practice on a daily basis.

I try not to take my yoga life too seriously and live in a world of moderation. My cats as well as my local barista would describe me has highly approachable and I would like to think I have the ability to infuse my classes and/or private lessons with a bit of humor and fun.

In my spare time I enjoy sailing, crossing countries off my "to do" list and blogging about my minimalist alternative lifestyle in a 26 Ft RV.

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A teacher's teacher

I was so impressed with Jennifer's alignment-based yoga and her approach to insuring proper form in an encouraging manner. Being a teacher myself, I was surprised at how much I learned from her and how much it improved my own practice.

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Wonderful Workshop Experience !

I was lucky enough to take a Three Minute Egg workshop with Jenifer,last November-and am still using and building on what I learned. I'd used the Eggs before,in my yoga practice- both personal and in the studio,as a instructor. But, in a relatively short period of time, with Jennifer's patient. attentive guidance and clear explanations, I experienced a whole range of new possibilities for a tool I thought I "knew all about" !
Thank you ,Jennifer, I hope you are able to give a 3 M.E. specific class or workshop again soon.
I'll BE there !

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I didn't like yoga until I tried it with Jen

I have taken a few private lessons with Jennifer and I really enjoyed myself and learned a lot about yoga that I had never heard before. I am a pretty athletic type person and I was amazed at how much of a workout some of the standing asanas were that looked easy but when help for longer periods were quite intense and powerful. Jennifer has a great grasp of anatomy and I loved learning more about my body and how particular joints and muscles work.

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She also suggested I implement a few Ayurvedic practices which I had never heard of into my daily routine and I really enjoy them. Although, yoga with Jennifer was soooo different than the power flow classes I was used to,  I found I really liked her style and how her therapeutic(non workout style) yoga is really a great addition to everyone's busy life, especially here in the NYC area where stress is so prevalent. Go take a class with her - it is great. 

Jennifer SmithMay 13, 2015
Thanks Radka :)

It was great working with a flexible & athletic person who's body is in peak shape and still being able to add some challenging and different things to your fitness routine that you had never considered. Can't wait to work with you again.

Jenn

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Smart and Effective!

My background in fitness is based on years and years of heavy lifting and body building. I came to Jennifer after two shoulder surgeries and I was very tight an locked up in several areas of my body, especially my shoulders and hips. Jennifer taught me the hip opening series and a number of releases and asanas to my upper back and scapula area. I saw immediate changes in how I stood, walked, and sat as my body opened up. I now feel comfortable attending female dominated yoga classes...

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Jennifer also suggested a few changes in my diet and I use my yoga strap every day now and it is a big part of relieving my upper back stress that comes with flying weekly for my business. I would highly recommend Jennifer. I would also highly recommend her for private yoga instruction!

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Quality Instruction That Will Change Your Life

I had the pleasure of being a private client of Jennifer's during her time in the Pacific Northwest. I highly recommend her as a yoga teacher. She worked with me to establish a series of routines that includes sets of yoga postures designed to address areas of my body that need attention. I have continued the daily practice and the results have been amazing. Pain that used to restrict my movement and activities no longer limits my enjoyment of life.

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I also had the good fortune to travel with her to a retreat in Bali, one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. Jennifer introduced me to ayurveda while we were in Ubud and I completed a five-day cleanse that eliminated a lot of inflammation that had plagued me for years and set me on a path for a healthier lifestyle.

I was blessed to find Jennifer and benefit from her guidance. She is sincere and genuine in her desire to help people through yoga. I'm sorry she left our region, but if you're in the NE and looking an experienced, delightful and detail oriented instructor, you should book a private with Jennifer. I will be forever grateful for the help she provided me.

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Egg-sperienced!

I took Jennifer's class about utilizing the yoga prop the Three Minute Egg. I enjoyed Jennifer's teaching, adjusting and experience working with the eggs. As a Restorative teacher I'm interested in utilizing the eggs in my classes because I was able to feel how the eggs improve on some well-loved poses I teach often. I left Jennifer's class feeling grateful and relaxed.

Jennifer SmithMay 12, 2015
Thank you Jennifer :)

Since Jennifer took my class, she purchased a bunch of eggs from me for one of the cross fit yoga classes she teaches. She has told me she has gotten some awesome feedback from her students and that she really enjoys teaching with the Three Minute Egg as well. :)

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My favorite teacher in Portland!!!

Had a great time!!
Very helpful adjustments!!!
Thanks Jennifer

Jennifer SmithMay 12, 2015
Thank You my dear Monica :)

It was great working with you and also teaching at your uber awesome home studio in Sedona. I can't wait to vivid Sedona again. Miss you!
Jennifer