Flash SALE + Fall Programming

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Hi Friends! Fall is in the air… What times these are! Jiyu and I have never been more overextended, BUT we know that if we set aside time + space and invite community to share in nourishing practices, we can, will and must make it through! Our new online 8-week morning program Fantastic Fall Wonder Workout starts TOMORROW! Each module is highly adaptable and you can come and go as you please. Here’s the schedule in Denver time:

For the full description, please look HERE!

September 6th and 7th ONLY–Labor Day Flash SALE

Use code Labor15 to get 15% off of the following:

  1. Fantastic Fall Wonder Workout (8-week program starting Sept 7)
  2. TIAVY Fundamentals Course (4-week course starting Sept 27, includes Fantastic Fall!)
  3. 5-pack of 80-minute private sessions (yoga, trauma healing, Self-study…)

Or get the Labor Day Bundle (Big discounts on Fantastic Fall, On-Demand Library, one 80-min private session)

Hope to see many of you TOMORROW 😍

Remembering a Wonderful Teacher

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One of my most influential teachers left his body yesterday. I had been thinking about him and wondering how he was feeling. We are so connected to those we love, especially at times of transition. Now as I write I have finally started to cry, knowing we won’t see each other in this form again, but up to this point today I felt a lot of joy. If there is one person who really lived and prepared for death it was Cliff…

Cliff Barber lived in a gorge on a Greek island for a few decades, practicing yoga and studying intensely. I never mentioned him on social media or put him in my bio where anybody would really look, because it didn’t feel right to send more people to his humble and open home, where he would sit and listen and engage with visitors until they left, never getting up for food, rest or relief even if they stayed the entire day and into the night.

In fact he was quite a legend in the Ashtanga world. Hundreds of people did come by to meet him each summer. He wrote down their names and remembered each of them. The first times I visited him (introduced by my mentor Petros Haffenrichter, who grew up on that island) were brief, and yet the next year he’d happily yell out my name and we’d pick up right where we left off.

In 2009 I lived a few dozen steps from him on the river for 2 months. I think he had just turned 80. It was the first year he no longer practiced across the river. A year or two before he was photographed in some wicked Advanced Series poses, but that summer he began to slow down and do more pranayama. I would practice, dive into the river and swim over to have tea with him, which he prepared on a fire. 

Most mornings it was just the two of us. He gave me a lot of guidance on kriya and pranayama, and I loved practicing that summer. I developed some strange but comforting fevers that felt productive following some practices, and unlike the usual situation in the modern yoga world where we live far from our teachers and they are overburdened with responsibilities and distractions of the western hubbub, I knew he was there for consultation or to help tailor the practice so that I could benefit from it.

It was an amazing balance between being alone to try things out and having regular very special contact with a very experienced teacher with zero investment in selling anything and complete freedom to advise me as he truly saw fit. His students paid for his food and that’s all he wanted or needed while I was there. Hard to believe something could be so simple and work so well in our modern world, granted far removed from the usual urban scene.

We talked a lot about India, the horrors of capitalism, what the practice really accomplishes, doubts, weird pranic phenomena… It was one of the only times I have had an honest talk about death. He did not pretend to be above fear or uncertainty, nor use quotes from the Upanishads to appear masterful, but there was an acceptance and curiosity that imparted an inspiration and ease to me, encouraging me to engage with life, understanding that it is leading towards death. 

One thing he said that I remember most every day came as we discussed the obsession western students have with the performance of contortions. He said that yoga is supposed to make us more human, not into some kind of super-human. I hope that perspective becomes more widespread!

In the afternoons some others would join, like Danny Paradise with his guitar and David Williams with his chess board. Or the few of us who lived there would pile into a clown car of barefoot yogis, 7 of us in a tiny Fiat, and head to the village for weekly groceries. Cliff said the 2 worst inventions ever were shoes and bathing suits. That summer made me a believer. The callouses on my feet remained for at least 8 months afterwards.

He proudly showed me a large form he had just completed, made from hundreds or possibly thousands of tiny paper triangles that he cut unbelievably precisely with a protractor and x-acto knife and glued together. He wanted to have it made into crystal. Later he began painting and wrote a book about sacred geometry (cliffbarber.com). 

He had tons of books and we discussed his findings on many of the pearls of the yoga tradition. He was not a blind follower, and drew from other traditions as well. In fact he was a huge fan of Jesus. He tried out the prescribed practices steadily over many decades and came to his own conclusions, delivering his insights with a lot of kindness and humor, never pedantic or holier-than-thou. It was so easy to be with him, no expectations, no awkwardness, no ego games or transactional bullshit, just mutual respect.

That summer was one of the most profound times I have ever had. I was never one for camping, but sleeping less than 2 meters from a gorgeous river you could drink out of with no tent and no mosquitos was sublime, actually going to bed when it was dark and getting up at dawn… Had I not lived that way for a while, I would not even be able to fathom how far our lives have strayed from nature right now, ever more so every single day with the manipulations of mankind interfering with the wisdom and joy of life on every conceivable level.

The only predator I met that summer was a wild pig who was ravaging some campsites on the other side of the river. I came face to face with him while we were each running toward each other on a path. Luckily he had just stolen and eaten a resident’s weed stash and was rather starry-eyed, swaggering like a drunken sailor. We acknowledged each other and went on our merry way.

Cliff told me I could walk/swim down the river to the palm beach on the coast, so I did, having no idea how long it would take. It was the first and possibly only time I have ever felt completely safe. If I hadn’t made it back before dark I could’ve just slept by the river. I felt protected by the nature there. It didn’t matter who I was or how long anything would take. It was the only time in my life when I felt I could really just be for long enough to really get what that is…

The top photo is his home. He slept on an old blanket behind those shrubs and we had tea just a few feet downstream. I have this picture hanging in my living room along with 3 other photos with sentimental value from my travels.

Many thanks to my dear friend Carla, whom I met that summer, and who told me about Cliff’s passing.

BYO Practice Circle is back!

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🙃 Bring-Your-Own Practice Circle 😌

🌎 Where:  

Everywhere! Zoom — Live.JunglePhysician.Online (LIVE ONLY, never recorded)

When:

Thursday July 15 — Sunday September 5, 2021

Tuesdays, Thursdays, Sundays

6:00am-9:45am MDT (Denver, CO)

🦉 Who:

We are an interdisciplinary-minded and diverse group of spiritual practitioners of all levels committed to healing and thriving.

🤔 What:

We gather together in a shared energetically charged and protected space to do the practices that nourish and support us in showing up fully as our truest selves with all of our unique strengths and limitations.

💫 Why:

We appreciate the tremendous power of uniting with our soul tribe and holding each other accountable for walking our individual soul paths rain or shine.  We know that we are needed in this world and can benefit countless beings by making the most of this precious life.

🧐 How (the Details):

  • 6:00 — Space Clearing, Ceremony, Chanting
  • 6:15(ish) — Meditation
  • 6:45(ish) — Greetings & Ashtanga Invocations
  • 6:50(ish) — BYO Practice
  • 9:40am — Ashtanga Closing Chant & À Bientôt’s

Jen will be teaching TIAVY “Mysore” on certain Sundays but priority signup will be given to Fundamentals PLUS students through Labor Day. There may be space to join for BYO members at an additional charge.

Jungle Physician Online Opening Celebrations & Giveaways

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All those who register for either workshop will receive a coupon for $18 to use for a free live drop-in class pass or towards another purchase in our shop on or before July 31st.

As a REWARD to those students SHOWING UP LIVE to this event and/or EZ Ashtanga Balance 3 lucky winners will additionally receive a $25, $50, or $75 coupon to be used in our shop within the next 60 days! The drawing will take place on Sunday the 25th and winners will be notified.

✨ Power Animal Partay (Friday, July 23rd, 6-8pm MDT) will be a delightful interactive shamanic journeying workshop. If you have not yet found your spirit guides, you can plan on meeting them here! We’ll talk some theory and technique, dive into ceremony and go on 2 journeys, do some soul sharing and perhaps end with a little dance partay. Then you can use your skills to join us in our upcoming Creative Bustout drop-in classes or Yoga & the 4 Directions Immersion (August 24-27)!

🤸🏽‍♂️EZ Ashtanga Balance (Sunday, July 25th, 10-noon MDT) — We’ll look into what makes balancing postures and inversions both so tricky and potentially rewarding. Approachable variations to some of the usual suspects (handstand, pincha mayurasana, utthita hasta padangusthasana and bakasana will be offered and Jen will take requests from those present time permitting.  Then join us for EZ Ashtanga 1/2 Series on Mondays or On-Demand!

Looking forward to celebrating with you!

TIAVY Fundamentals Training

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The first 12 people to sign up by July 18th will get $30 off Fundamentals or Fundamentals PLUS!

Open to investigating how ancient wisdom 🗿 + modern science 🧬 can help you live your best life 🏆?

In this 20-hour Trauma Informed Ashtanga Vinyasa Training for all levels, we will delve deeply into the pillars of the Ashtanga Vinyasa system (breathing, energetic locks, gazing, posture, meditative absorption, etc.) as well as key findings from neuroscientists and trauma therapists about how we can unleash our inner capacity for healing and thriving.

In addition to live zoom theory classes and breath and posture workshops, pre-recorded carefully sequenced and curated meditation and yoga videos will also be included.  As a bonus, students are included in the BYO (bring-your-own) Practice Circle and upgrades (limited to 16 students) include TIAVY “Mysore” supervision with Jen as well as all-access passes to her led drop-in classes and their recordings.

This course is a real passion of mine, since in my 18 years of teaching Ashtanga Vinyasa all over the world, I have found that students are not receiving the detailed instruction that would lead to far greater mastery, health, happiness and sustainability.  I will share tips that I end up giving individually to all of my “Mysore” (self-practice) students, even those who are very advanced, that could make a drastic difference in one’s practice from the very beginning and forever more…

Enroll now to jump into BYO and the training starts July 27th!  Sign up for our grand opening FREE workshops for store credits and come LIVE to the workshops for a chance to win even more coupons!  Read more about the training and sign up on Live.JunglePhysician.Online (link in bio). Can’t wait to see you!

JUNGLE PHYSICIAN ONLINE Grand Opening!

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After about a year’s pause, our morning sadhana program has found a new home at our new studio JUNGLE PHYSICIAN ONLINE!

Starting Monday April 5th, 2021, we will offer daily Self-Practice Circle from 6:15-9:00am Mountain Daylight Time. Jen will lead a 25-minute meditation and everybody will then do their own most nourishing practices: in addition to ashtangis, we welcome different lineages as well as working on journaling, kriya, pranayama, restoratives, therapeutics etc. As an introductory special, Jen will teach TIAVY “Mysore” 3 Sundays this month included with the membership. (And we’ll be adding additional courses and classes in May…)

Zoom Talk & Meditation for Resilience

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Pre-registration is required, even for the replay!

This free talk with Jen-Mitsuke Peters, MA will discuss how sometimes just sitting & doing a typical mindfulness practice is not enough, especially when stress, trauma, grief, injury and illness are present. Through her own research & personal healing experiences, Jen discovered ways to make her time on the cushion far more enjoyable and effective.  

She will share some of her favorite secrets and cite evidence to suggest that such practices may actually help lighten our trauma load and induce changes in the brain that help us to feel much better & show up more fully. She will mention some of the scientific studies and recommendations of trauma therapists that correspond to the skills that will be elaborated.  

Jen will be taking questions and encouraging your participation. Time allowing we will practice a 15-minute 3-part meditation together. A recording will be available within 24 hours for those who cannot attend live. Pre-registration required, even for the replay only. Looking forward to seeing you!

New Online Course: Early Bird Ends 11/08

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SUPER Early Bird Special through Sunday Nov. 8th — Save $50

  • Are you looking for some potent and doable ways to powerfully alter your perspective on yourself and reality? Are you interested in looking more closely at the Bhagavad Gita and discovering how neuroscience can enhance your life?
  • Feeling stressed or overwhelmed?  Wanting to funnel the anxiety and polarization of these times into action and prepare yourself to launch 2021 in your best possible condition?
  • Tired of having people tell you the answer is practice and self-care when you aren’t sure those things are really working and you don’t have the time or energy to just keep doing more of them?
  • Do you have a sense that the yoga path contains great wisdom, but you’re wondering whether you really have to practice for thousands of lifetimes before it is possible to feel ok and show up as yourself?
  • Have you been writing off pleasure, connection, fun and success in your life in favor of joyless spiritual pursuits?  Have your practices become a chore? Want to fall in love with your practice again?

This unique course will usher you out of 2020 (bye!) and into 2021 (yay!) with love, strength, insight and support. We will marry the ancient wisdom of non-attachment in one of the most beloved scriptures of all time with the latest breakthroughs in neuroscience and attachment-based techniques proven to resolve trauma. Join me to engage with nourishing, fulfilling and meaningful practices, including special meditation, shamanic journeying and creativity, that will reorient you towards a new year filled with celebration and infinite possibility.

Zoom Talk Tomorrow! Attachment & Non-Attachment

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Pre-registration is required, even for the replay! 😉

This free talk with Jen-Mitsuke Peters, MA will delve into “attachment,” a super-charged word in both spiritual and psychological contexts. Yoga scriptures tout non-attachment as the necessary attitude to end suffering. Psychology, on the other hand, insists that we must work on attachment in order to heal trauma and thrive.  

We will discuss how misinterpretations of non-attachment, modern yoga teaching formats & western cultural tendencies can lead to ineffective or even injurious practice and spiritual bypassing, resulting in mental afflictions & bodily disease, and perpetuating exclusive and disempowering patriarchal systems.  

We will also uncover current evidence-based attachment repair interventions that can be woven into daily life on and off the mat. We will compare these to methods developed long ago in tantric lineages. Upon closer examination, maybe the 2 camps are not so different after all! Nonetheless we must still increase our tolerance for paradox in order to show up fully in these times when our best selves are especially needed.  

Jen will be taking questions and encouraging participation. A recording will be available within 24 hours for those who cannot attend live. Looking forward to seeing you!

Daring Greatly because Black Lives Matter

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Talk & Discussion with Jen-Mitsuke Peters, MA
Saturday, June 13, 2020
8am–L.A.  9am–DENVER!  11am–N.Y.C.

REGISTRATION REQUIRED–
Recording available for 24 hours if you can’t make it live!

Investment: Optional Donation to the organization you feel is doing the most now for the BIPOC community

In this 75-90-minute gathering, Jen will give a brief talk on Brene Brown’s book “Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent and Lead” and share some initial thoughts on how vulnerability can be practiced on the mat.  We will then expand on these ideas in the group.

No preparation is required, however, you might like to read the book or check out Brene’s Netflix special “Call to Courage.”  You might like to contemplate times in your life where vulnerability opened you up for special connection and action that you didn’t feel was possible for you ever before.

This will be a space where participants are invited to be as vulnerable as feels right for them.  This will be a space where we don’t have to show up having all the answers, being perfect, or expecting to say all the right things.  This will be a space for growth and inspiration so that we can each cultivate the courage to find the depths of our personhood.  From such a place the most skillful action arises.

If you would like to delve much deeper into this material in June, my new course Home Practice BLAST-OFF! will go into great detail about the nervous system, yoga technique, and how the practice can help us tune up and stay regulated to be our best self in this time of global crisis and opportunity. The course starts Tuesday, June 9th, and early bird ends Monday at noon.