Teacher Bios – Ashtanga yoga and Buddhist meditation retreat with Ellen Johannesen
Ellen Johannesen had studied and practiced Ashtanga for over 20 years. Becoming an advanced student under R. Sharath Jois, she obtained authorization Level 2, which allows her to teach Ashtanga yoga intermediate series.
Born in Norway and following a career in contemporary dance, Ellen discovered the practice of Ashtanga in 1994 at Jivamukti Yoga Center New York.
A keen practitioner ever since, she has studied with teachers worldwide, was authorized from KPJAYI, Mysore by Sharath Rangaswamy in 2006, and intensively studied for two years with John Scott.
She also founded the first and still the leading Ashtanga Yoga studio in Norway, Ashtanga Yoga Oslo, where she continues to guest-teach when in Norway and which hosts top international teachers during their Norway visits.
Over the last years Ellen has dedicated herself to Buddhist studies, living mostly in India and Nepal. She trained as a Tibetan translator at Rangjung Yeshe Insitute, Kathmandu, where she is currently continuing her studies.