Meet Jennilee Toner: Yogi, Anatomy Expert & Author
We were thrilled to welcome badass yogi & anatomy expert Jennilee Toner to the Buti Yoga Teacher Team in 2018. The author of The Perfect Chaturanga, Jennilee is a foremost expert in anatomy and body mechanics. This September’s 300 Hr Yoga Teacher Training draws on her 24 years as a student & teacher of yoga and passion for leading safe, powerful and transformative practices.
My name is Jennilee Toner and I am a student and teacher of yoga and human anatomy. I am the author ofThe Perfect Chaturanga: A Comprehensive Guide to the Human Body Through the Practice of Vinyasa Yoga, I have been practicing hatha and vinyasa yoga since 1996, teaching hatha and vinyasa yoga since 2003, teaching experiential anatomy to yoga teachers-in-training for Frog Lotus Yoga International since 2010, teaching my own Hot Warrior Yoga 200-hour teacher trainings since 2012, teaching online and writing articles for EkhartYoga.com since 2014, teaching my own Inner Sanctum Yoga 300-hour Teacher Trainings since 2016, co-creating sequences and trainings for Equal Yoga in Holland since 2016, and joining the teaching team at Buti Yoga in 2018.
In 1996, after many years working as a Deputy Sheriff, training as a Medic, Military Policewoman and Drill Sergeant for the US Army, and living in shock after the sudden death of my young mother, I found myself waking up in a flash to the fact that I wanted to be a kind and compassionate person. I wanted to live my life intimately aware of the tender bitter-sweetness of each moment. In that illumination, in that wanting, I found myself at my first yoga class...in an attic, standing in tree pose, weeping as the teacher read a poem about the unconditional giving of the earth’s trees, I, for the first time, felt the precious interconnectedness of all things. I have been a lover and practitioner of yoga ever since!
To teach or not to teach...
There really was no question. Already a bellydance and fitness instructor, I immediately knew that yoga would be a perfect complement to any workout regime. At first I taught from a purely physical fitness standpoint...oh how I can still ROCK a good kick-butt cardio flow! Then, just as all things in this universe organically evolve, I began to both expand and deepen my perspective.
In the process of practicing Bikram Yoga 6 days a week consistently for two years in Key West, I witnessed tremendous shifts in my body, in my mind, and in my heart. In 2008 I found my way to Yogi Hari of Sampoorna Yoga (Sivananda lineage) to study with him in his Miramar, Florida ashram. The study and then teaching of classical yoga began.
The Perfect Chaturanga & Beyond
Since 2010 I have been on a mission to share my anatomical knowledge in order to prevent yoga injuries. Writing The Perfect Chaturanga and traveling for a year on an international book tour was such a passion project! I loved (and still do) spreading the message SAFE YOGA ROCKS! Now, I am currently in my third semester at Pacific College of Health Sciences NYC for Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine. I am loving the deep dive into both subtle and gross anatomy!
I am so thrilled to layer all this new learning and deepening insights onto the vast knowledge of yoga history, philosophy and practice I have been accumulating the last 17 years. And I am so excited to share it ALL with YOU!
Join our most comprehensive 300 Hr Yoga Teacher Training ever: 9 weekends online with Jennilee September-December 2020. CLICK HEREto register in full or start a payment plan.
PS...Here is where to find me:
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