Jen

I’ve spent the last 25 years helping thousands of people get out of their own way so they can live the life of purpose. 

For some, it’s not even that grand: they re just sick of re-living the same patterns and making the same old mistakes.

I love every minute.

I teach with humor and candor, sometimes weaving my own neurosis and love for metaphors found in binge-worthy television into classes, trainings and retreats.

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

 

Here are some other things about me 👇

I consider myself first a forever student. That, and a neutralizer of toxic positivity in the wellness space.

What feels revolutionary in yoga? Brave honesty about messes and struggles and hard things: Like feeling uncomfortable and trying desperately not to manipulate or flee-by-pasta.

And this life we see online? The fabulous one that looks adorable, yet nearly always masks some form of pain?

I would never want that for you.

If you can’t speak about your wins and messes with honesty, 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 the most powerful springboard for transformation. 

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

I have learned from human teachers:  Way, way back in the ’90s, I started with Shiva Rea and NYC’s Om Yoga. Over the years I’ve dabbled in all sorts of meditation that where I learned a lot but ultimately didn’t land:  Bhakti chant camp with Jai Uttal, Buddhist meditation with Stephen Cope, and a disaster of a 14 day vipassana meditation retreat. 

Failing at these things were really hard.

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

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

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

It’s not going to be easy, but you can do it.  I’ll be rooting for you.

Let’s work together!  I teach primarily at Twist Yoga. Or check out my Instagram @jen.at.twist.yoga 

 

* Before viewing this CV – I no longer follow GuruJagat or any teacher in KRI/3HO because they never did address the abuse that permeates their organization nor have offered meaningful reparations to the long list of victims hurt by YogiBhajan, the teachings and community of Kundlaini Yoga.   

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

  • 2022 – April Magrane, Sound school, 20 hours, Seattle
  • 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.