Jenn Chiarelli, E-RYT 500, has over 10,000 hours of yoga teaching and training experience. She is the creator and founder of Anahata Soul and its 200 and 300 hour Yoga Teacher Programs in Phoenix, Arizona & Playa Grande, Costa Rica. Jenn has recently taught at Wanderlust and Yoga Journal Live! conferences. She teaches yoga and meditation workshops, teacher trainings, classes, and retreats nationally and internationally.
Jenn's journey began through the art of dance. She attained her dream of becoming a professional ballerina when she joined the Cleveland San Jose Ballet as one of its youngest members. During her 11 year career with the company, Jenn danced various soloist and principal roles in works by renowned choreographers including George Balanchine, Martha Graham, Donald McKayle, and Dennis Nahat. She received critical acclaim for her role as the Pioneer Woman in Martha Graham’s Appalachian Spring.
Jenn has a deep spiritual practice rooted in Kundalini Sadhana and is currently in training to become an Acharya ( spiritual teacher). She has overflowing gratitude for her teacher of 17 years, Swami Khecaranatha for his guidance along her journey. As a Master teacher, Jenn encourages her students to explore their own internal rhythms, their own personal practice through the postures, breath, meditation, music, and a wide-open heart.
16 + years
Prana filled, creative flows, powerful and peaceful.
The pulsation of life. The unity of all things!
My spiritual path led me to yoga while I was still dancing professionally. I started down the asana path with Ashtanga and Hatha yoga. Once I realized how much peace it brought me in the intense world of ballet, I was called to take my Yoga Teacher Training in Costa Rica. After that, I was so inspired to share what I learned. It felt like the most fluid transition from ballet to teaching yoga.
Shiva Rea, Dharma Mittra, Ram Dass, Nityananda, Swami Khecaranatha, Rudranana, my kids!
My classes are transformational. From the moment you enter to the time you leave, I try to encourage a shift from outer experience to inner exploration. This happens through breath, powerful, intelligent sequencing, loving vibes, sweet tunes and always a wide-open heart.
I have been leading retreats since 2007. What I find so powerful is the way people change in such a short time. How they open up, take down their guard and make life long friendships. It is a beautiful thing to witness and facilitate. I treat my retreats similar to my classes. They are transformational experiences.
Supta Virasana ( reclining hero pose) because it used to be my least favorite and now it is one of my favorites. I held so much tension in my hips. With practice and patience and a lot of self-study, I learned to release and let go and now it is one of my favorites. I always give lots of variations and modifications.
Tittibhasana ( Firefly pose) Its all about the hips and hamstrings. I love to fly!
Hawaii, Costa Rica, Tahiti, Paris.