Q & A: Jadi Engels

 

How long have you been teaching yoga?  jadi

I have been teaching yoga since February 2014.

Why did you become a yoga teacher? Who and/or what are your biggest influences?

I was introduced to the practice of yoga while in Graduate School in Flagstaff, AZ. I didn’t know it at the time, but my first instructor and influence was Anusara-influenced. I was instantly attracted to the peace, calm, and balance that it brought to body, mind, and spirit. I slowly built my practice up, and for the past couple of years, have been wanting to pay the practice forward. Yoga radically changed my being for the better and I am grateful to share that with others. My biggest influences include Jennie Pearl, Travis Elliot, Katherine Rankhorn, and Lesley Fightmaster.

How has yoga helped you to be a better person?

It has and continues to help me come back to my true nature of peace, joy, gratitude, and love. When I feel that within, I radiate it without.

What is your personal mission statement as a yoga teacher?

My mission as a yoga instructor is to show up whole-heartedly to each and every class; to embrace and embody the seat of the teacher while keeping the beginner’s mindset, so that each student may feel safe and supported as they open to their own unique and divine energy; and ultimately, that we may share in a practice collectively, to grow toward our highest selves.

What do you think constitutes an excellent yoga instructor?

Someone who is really in tune with the each individual yogi, and shifts the practice to provide a meaningful experience for all.

What was your most challenging teaching experience?

I think my most challenging teaching experience is getting out of my own head, and just giving the students what they need at that moment in time.

What do you recommend to the beginner student? To the seasoned student?

To the beginner student: be open, be curious, be forgiving.

To the seasoned student: continue to cultivate a beginner’s mindset. Instead of moving through the practice looking for what you know, look for something new: a new way to move, breathe, think, or perceive.

How do you take your yoga off the mat?

I try to carry my yoga calm with me always, and I ESPECIALLY carry my breath with me.

What is the one pose you are most proud of getting into?

I think side crow (bakasana) is my most memorable. I took a hot yoga class through NAU during my Graduate program, and we’d been working on arm balances all semester. The day we did side crow, it just flowed for me, and I was able to do any arm balance the instructor threw at me!

What is your favorite time of day to practice yoga?

6 a.m. I love starting my day with yoga, right as the sun comes up.

Where is the best place you have ever practiced yoga?

In Sedona on Cathedral Rock!!

What is your favorite music to listen to while practicing yoga?

Deva Premal and Krishna Das.

What else do you want students to know about you?

I am also a student of yoga and will be for life! I can’t do every single pose, and don’t always get to practice every morning, and I don’t think that is the point. For me, each and every day is a new opportunity to find ways to bring the practice into my life, in some way, to expand my being. That is what I hope to share with anyone who practices with me.

Why do you love teaching at Pulsation Yoga?

I love the friendly atmosphere and community of loving and dedicated yogis! Jim and Kathy have done a tremendous amount of work to create and hold such a positive space, and I am grateful to be a part of it.

 

Jadi Engels teaches at the Pulsation Yoga studios in Arlington Heights and Lake Zurich. Check out the class schedules to attend her classes at either location.