Jen

I’ve spent the last 25 years successfully helping thousands of curious and brave people get out of their own way so they can live a soul-on-fire life of purpose. 

For some, it’s not even that grand: they re just sick of acting like jerks or making the same old mistakes.

I love every minute.

I teach with humor and candor, weaving my own neurosis and love for metaphors found in binge-worthy television into classes, trainings and retreats….  Basically so we can be better off the mat.

It’s hard to describe my classes; I’m not even going to try. But I will invite you to just come, with an open mind and a willingness to get messy.

 

Here are some other things about me 👇

I consider myself first a student. That, and a warrior against toxic positivity and faux “love and light” in the wellness industry.

I *cannot* with these curated, full hair-and-makeup yoga professional photo shots captioned with yet another inspirational quote.

It’s a promotional photo, Karyn.  Why drag Rumi into it?

Also, nobody looks like that on the yoga mat.

What feels revolutionary in yoga imagery? Brave honesty about messes and struggles and doing hard things like feeling uncomfortable and trying desperately not to manipulate or avoid-with-pasta or a run to the frozen food aisle.

People who land in my classes & trainings are brave and honest people who want to dive into the fire of their life;  they’re attracted to my offerings because you won’t find me posturing as an unattainable image of faux shiny happy.

And this life we see online? The one that looks shiny on the outside, yet is masking a deep fear of vulnerability and appearing unattractive?

I would never want that for you.  You deserve better.

It’s your job on this planet to live as a model for other humans – be it your children or media followers or people who land in yoga spaces. If you can’t speak about your wins and messes openly, much of the time that means you can’t bear to feel the shame about your life.

I feel this shame: of colossal mistakes and having more than one relationship implode. These mistakes are my most effective teachers and have always been a springboard for transformation.

But, oof: I just wish these lessons were less expensive and painful.

I’ve actually had human teachers, though. Among early influences – way, way back in the ’90s – were Shiva Rea and NYC’s Om Yoga.  Since then, I’ve tried Bhakti chant camp with Jai Uttal, Buddhist meditation with Stephen Cope, and  tried vipassana meditation.

These things were really hard.

It’s normal to feel like a failure at meditation and yoga. It wasn’t until I found breathwork, repetitive motion and mantra that I landed in a meditation style that stuck.

My CV is below, if it makes a difference to my academic cred. 👇

In the meantime, don’t be fooled by your IG woman-crush whose brand positioning claims life is just *one* hell-and-back story that is sits securely in the rear view mirror.  (Check. Fixed now.)

To live a soul-on-fire life of purpose, you’ll have a series of successes and failures and starts and stops over and over again:  Past, present + future.

You can feel shame or you can be proud of yourself and learn forgive yourself:  Your call.

It’s not going to be easy, but you can do hard things.  I’ll be fighting for you.

Let’s work together.  I teach regularly Thursday evenings at 530 in Edmonds and periodically on retreats and trainings.  Or check out my Instagram @jen.at.twist.yoga and DM me!

 

* Before viewing this CV – I no longer follow GuruJagat or any senior teacher in KRI/3HO until they address the abuse that permeates their organization AND offer meaningful reparations to the long list of victims hurt by YogiBhajan, the teachings and community of Kundlaini Yoga.  I participate in the breath work, movement and mantra techniques present in Kundalini yoga because they’ve helped me begin to resolve my trauma and subconscious garbage; however as a white person with privilege,  I will not appropriate sacred Sikh practices of wearing turbans and adopting spiritual names that are historically handed down to Sikh individuals at birth. I will never again refer to 3HO or YogiBhajan because he was a dangerous and manipulative predator who was enabled by his followers – some still living and teaching today.  

 Jen Mitchell, M.Ed, ERYT 500, KRI:  Curriculum Vitae (CV)

  • 2019 – Guru Jagat, Immense Grace Solstice Workshop, 36 hrs, Los Angeles.
  • 2019 – Guru Jagat. Aquarian Yoga Business Academy, 36 hrs, New York City.
  • 2019 – Samara Andrade. Trauma Informed Yoga Training, 20 hrs, Twist Yoga.
  • 2018 – Guru Jagat. Aquarian Womens Leadership Society, 40 hours. New Lebanon, NY.
  • 2018 – Guru Singh. Kundalini Yoga, 240 hr certification, Seattle.
  • 2018 – Guru Jagat.  Aquarian Yoga Business Academy, 36 hrs, Los Angeles
  • 2017 – Kia Miller & Tommy Rosen.  Kundalini Yoga pranayama & yogic lifestyle Intensive, 120 hrs, Rishikesh, India.
  • 2017 – Judith Hanson Lasater .  One True Thing, 20 hrs, Edmonds, WA.
  • 2016 – Judith Hanson Lasater .  Semi-private mentorship, 80 hrs, San Francisco
  • 2015 – Judith Hanson Lasater. Non-Violent Communication Intensive, 20 hours, Edmonds, WA
  • 2014 – Stephen Cope.  Loving Kindness Meditation Intensive, 40 hrs, Kripalu, Massachusetts.
  • 2013 – Twist Yoga. 500 hour teacher training, Edmonds, Washington.
  • 2013 – Judith Hanson Lasater.  Level 2 Restorative Yoga Teacher Training, 20 hrs, San Francisco
  • 2013 – Jai Uttal.  Bhakti Yoga Chant Camp, 40 hrs, Breitenbush, Oregon.
  • 2012 – Maty Ezraty. Ashtanga Mysore Intensive, 100 hrs , Goa, India.
  • 2011 – Judith Hanson Lasater. Restorative Yoga Teacher Training, Level 1, 20 hrs, New York.
  • 2011 – Rod Stryker, 20 hrs, & Sarah Powers, 20 hrs, Seattle, Wa.
  • 2009 – 8 Limbs Yoga. 200 hour teacher training, Seattle, Wa.
  • 2004 – 8 Limbs Yoga. Advanced teacher training, 50 hrs, Breitenbush, Oregon.
  • 2000 – Cyndi Lee. OM Yoga teacher training, 100 hrs, New York
  • 1999 – Shiva Rea. Prana Flow Yoga, 100 hrs, Kripalu, Mass
  • 1998 – Stephanie Adams. YogaFit Level 1 & Level 2, 40 hrs, Seattle.
  • 1997 –  ACE Personal Training/Group Exercise certification
  • 1996Brigham Young University.  Masters Degree in Education & Curriculum Methods.
  • 1992 – University of Washington. BA, Business Administration
More Information

What’s your favorite yoga pose at the moment?

ArdhaChandrasana… or anything expansive.

 

Describe a moment during a yoga practice that rocked your world.

 

What’s your favorite place?

Our family cabin on Whidbey Island in the summer with my daughter.  My bed, on a blustery day, for nap time.  The studio at Twist Yoga is a pretty energetically beautiful space, too.

 

What is your favorite color? Why?

Yellow; it reminds me of the sun.

 

Whom do you admire?

Anyone who is willing to take responsibility for their own part in things.

 

What traits in others are you attracted to?

Humility, Empathy, Humor.

 

What is the kindest thing anyone has done for you?

The entire Twist Yoga community who rallied around me and the studio in the fall of 2014… and a few truly generous and gracious Twist teachers.

 

Favorite book:

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

 

Besides yoga, loves….

My daughter, dogs, chai, India, the ocean.

 

Favorite thing about Twist Yoga?

Hands down, the people.