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Qualifications: is a certified yoga instructor and has taught thousands of students throughout the world over the past 25 years. She guides students with a warm, non-judgmental style that encourages the expansion of physical, mental and emotional limits within the healthy and stimulating context of yoga. She owns the Sun & Moon Yoga Studio, located in Northern Virginia.
Personal History: She is also the founder of Surya Chandra Healing Yoga School and Surya Chandra Yoga Sanga. She has been studying yoga since 1979 and has studied from many traditions of yoga including: Anusara, Ashtanga, Bikram, Integral, Iyengar, Kripalu, Kundalini, Sivananda, and most recently and comprehensively, the teachings of TKV Desikachar in the Krishnamacharya lineage and tradition commonly called Viniyoga.
She began teaching yoga in 1989 and teaching teachers in 1994. She has been developing and running Teacher Training Programs consistenly since 1994, producing highly qualified and sought-after teachers. She has Directed Teacher Training Programs at many locations across the United States, training hundreds of teachers. Surya Chandra Healing Yoga School is a Yoga Alliance Registered School for 200-Hour, 300-Hour, Prenatal and Yoga for Children Programs (RYS-200, RYS-300, RPYS and RCYS). Her Yoga Therapy Certificate Program is currently undergoing the accreditation process with the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT).
These highly respected training programs incorporate her knowledge of yoga from many different traditions of yoga as she continues to be a student of yoga herself.
She loves to travel and teach and study yoga. Her travels internationally include such wonderful locations as India, Mexico, Jamaica, Costa Rica, Bali, Peru, Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam.
JJ is known for her ability to create a supportive environment where she leads participants toward their strengths, mentoring them to transform current habits and make changes for the better. Therein lies the most simplest of yoga principles: making changes for self-betterment.
JJ teaches from her heart taking what she loves from each tradition she has studied and continues to study and learn under the tutelage of her current teachers focusing on therapeutics.
JJ is a long-time member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists, a graduate of the KHYF Teacher Training, Anusara Yoga Training, White Lotus Teacher Training and numerous Iyengar Teacher Trainings. She travels to India frequently to study at the Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram, a clinic where thousands have been helped using only yoga.
JJ has produced numerous DVDs, a chanting CD and has written countless articles and manuals for teachers and has been featured in many magazines including, "The Washingtonian," "Self," and "Prevention Magazing." She has recently been asked to be on a "yoga expert panel" for the National Institute of Health (NIH) to design a protocol for a study using yoga for Lupus.
JJ is currently in graduate school about to complete a Masters in Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM). She has been studying aromatherapy, herbs and holistic nutrition and upon graduation will be a Master Herbalist with an Holistic Nutrition Certificate (as well as her Masters Diploma).
She recently presented a webinar on Yoga as a CAM modality at the American College of Healthcare Sciences.
She has been working and writing and is about to complete her book, Holistic Healing with Yoga Therapy (expected to be published in 2016.)