Jeanie Carlstead, E-RYT-500, Founder and Director of La Jolla Yoga Center and its Teacher Training Program. She has learned from many great yogis, with her 23 years working with Erich Schiffman and her recent nine years working directly with John Friend and Desiree Rumbaugh in the Anusara tradition being the most significant. She has trained with many other wonderful teachers including extensive work with Master Teachers from various traditions.
Jeanie's classes are fun and uplifting. You will always walk away feeling more empowered, happy, and calm then when you arrived. She has a gift of connecting at a deep level with her students and loves to bring in meaningful poetry or inspirational quotes from her favorites such as David Whyte and threads practical yet poignant wisdom throughout her classes. Her students not only feel uplifted, but feel secure in her classes because of her keen observation skills, knowledge of optimal alignment and therapeutics, and the invitation to her students to honor themselves where they are, express themselves fully and uniquely, find their edge, and make their practice their own. Her classes are an exploration and experience of your deeper selves where students access a more expansive intimate sense of themselves.
Jeanie's classes combine influences of yoga traditions such as Anusara, Vinyasa, Yoga Therapeutics, Meditation Ashtanga, and Restorative, and are informed by her 30+ year studies of wisdom traditions. In addition to her study of mind-body disciplines, she holds degrees from UCSD in history and psychology (Magna Cum Laude). She specializes in understanding the process of transformation, heightened levels of consciousness, the experience of being fully alive, and the process of creating freedom. She is presently writing two books, one entitled, “The Everyday Wisdom of Yoga.” She is a Lululemon Ambassador, and has taught and spoken at many conventions, workshops, and events. She has also participated on panels for healthy living, yoga, and spirituality. Jeanie loves teaching all ages and students at all stages of their yoga and meditation practice. She created the high school yoga and meditation program for the Bishop's School and has taught students at other high schools.
One of Jeanie's greatest loves has been her years creating and teaching Teacher’s Training. She truly is a teacher's teacher. Jeanie has created and teaches The Comprehensive Teacher Training at La Jolla Yoga Center and continues to teach and influence many teachers with her grace-filled presence, skillful guidance, and depth of wisdom. Jeanie brings her radiant calming and fun presence which permeates her classes and her yoga center. She is inspiring, knowledgeable, caring, and has the ability to bring her students into the experience of yoga to connect with their essential gifts and the courage to bring them forward into the world. Because Jeanie travels to conventions and takes sabbaticals to write, please check the online schedule to make sure that she is in town. She is here at least 75% of the time and is always excited to be with her students and meet new yogis on and off the mat.