Jennifer Pastiloff, as featured on Good Morning America, is a lover of life, laughter, poetry, yoga, (and a really good glass of wine.)
She is the creator of Karaoke Yoga® and Manifestation Yoga®, which are all about causing serious breakthroughs in your life without being too serious. Her rule of "If you fall you must laugh" is strictly enforced! You will oftentimes find yourself singing in Jen's classes. She also firmly believes you should have at least 1 dance party a day. Her classes often include journaling and music, going upside down, belly laughs and good old fashioned rock-n-roll.
She teaches this inspirational style of yoga all over the world with retreats and workshops but home base is Santa Monica. When Jen's nephew Blaise was diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder called Prader Wille Syndrome (PWS), it prompted her to start GAME Yoga. Gifts And Miracles Everyday: Free Yoga for Kids w/ Special Needs.
Jen is in the process of writing her first book and is currently a Wellness Expert for MindBody Green, has a weekly column on Positively Positive and a popular daily blog called The Manifestation-Station. Jennifer is partially deaf and wears hearing aids.
She spent 13 years working in the same restaurant and believes that everyone should have a job in the service industry at least once in their life. (It's good for the soul.)
"Thank you Jennifer, for shining your light on mine." ~ Christy Turlington.
Wayne Dyer used to say that worrying is like saying little prayers for the things you do not want. This class is focused on releasing worry and fear from your body. Twists, sun salutations, core work, inversions and backbends- this class is for all levels, as all my classes are.
Be a Human Thank You. The mantra for this class is simple and powerful: Thank You. Starting with a meditation on the back and moving through a challenging but all level flow with lots of core work and ending with a long cool-down.
When I get to the end of my life and I ask, "One final what have I done?" Let my answer be, "I have done love." The mantra of this all levels class is "I have done love." A sweaty and soulful practice with a long cool-down focused on being love, out in the world and with and to our bodies. Ending with an amazing poem called "Good Bones" by Maggie Smith.
Begin again. The theme and mantra of this class is "begin again." A reminder that we always have that choice. A very sweaty flow-based class that keeps you moving for almost an hour before a sweet, long cool down. Includes heart opening, poetry and music, as usual.
Be love. The theme of this class is plain and simple: be love. A homeless man was wearing a sign that said this and he passed it on to me so I am passing it on through this class. When the hands come to prayer the mantra is simply "be love." A sweaty vinyasa flow class suitable for all levels with plenty of twists, backbends and hip openers.
Finding the miraculous in the mundane. This class is based on an experience I had in an airport which reminded me that it is always up to me, to all of us, to find the miraculous and the beautiful. No matter what. A class for all levels with a long sweet cool-down at the end. We go a little slower as we twist and flow through a quiet yet powerful vinyasa flow class. Expect focus on the breath, poetry and laughter, as usual.
Self-care: the job of a lifetime. The theme for this class is self-care. In what ways do you take care of yourself? Is it easier to care for others than for yourself? Do you feel guilty when you take care of yourself? We explore these questions through a challenging flow-based class with lots of twists, balancing and creativity as well as meditation and poetry. Take a picture of your face and remember that in ten years time you will be amazed at how gorgeous you WERE. Be amazed NOW. This class is about the NOW. Take care of yourself NOW. A class for all levels.
Balance. Do you have it? We all lose it now and again. This class focuses on coming back into that place of balance and also about forgiving ourselves when we are a little off. To be expected: lots of balancing poses of all kinds. A strong class suitable for all levels with a long cool down at the end to balance it out perfectly.
If we constantly say "I'm too busy", we miss the beauty. Are you addicted to being busy? This class is dedicated to Rose Alma, my friend who passed away last week from cystic fibrosis and who taught me to not be so busy. We flow a lot in the beginning and end with a long restorative cool down. Expect poetry, meditation and quiet time.
"I deserve to be happy." That's the mantra for this flow based heart opening class. We meditate, backbend and flow as we reflect on this truth, which can often elude us. Although it's a sweaty and challenging class, it is suitable for all levels. We all deserve to be happy.