Jenn Ludwig is our teacher of the month for May! We sat down with Jenn and asked her our favorite five questions to dig a little deeper into her story. Jenn teaches yin yoga on Monday evenings at 7pm and breath & meditation on Tuesdays at 6:45pm. She brings a relaxing energy to her classes with clear and concise instruction. Get transported into a deep state of bliss with her calming voice and sequences. Come to Buddhi Yoga for her class or tune in live every week.
Meet Jenn Ludwig
How were you introduced to yoga?
I was first introduced to yoga when I moved to Oahu, Hawaii in 2010. There was no yoga where I grew up in the Midwest, and my roommates in Hawaii took me to my first Corepower class. I fell in love with how I felt afterward, physically and mentally. From there created a routine out of going to yoga and would practice 5-6 days a week. I moved to Southern Thailand in 2014 and took my yoga practice deeper and studied and practiced not only the physical asanas, but I dove deeper into my spiritual practice. Most of my yoga classes were also in Thai, which was such a fun change and challenge that contributed to my evolving yoga life. In 2018, while living in San Diego, I decided to take the leap and do my first yoga teacher training. I have been teaching, guiding, practicing, and evolving ever since.
Who are your mentors?
I have had a variety of mentors since I first began my yoga journey. I find myself resonating with different teachers for different reasons and I’ve been through their workshops, training, and classes to help inspire and expand my own yoga offerings. Jenna Zabrosky was one of my first mentors when I started my yoga teaching journey. She is an amazing yoga teacher, energy healer, and friend. I also am constantly inspired by Kellie Livingstone. During COVID she offered virtual workshops which guided me through that hard time in all of our lives. I lived on a 30ft sailboat in Mission Bay and I would look forward to her twice-weekly live virtual workshops where I was able to connect with people when the community was taken away from us.
What’s your fav style of movement?
I love a good power vinyasa. The best part is building heat in my body, while also using my breath to hold asanas and get deeper into my body. I really enjoy fun transitions as well, and because I like dancing, I turn every flow and transition into a dance. When it is paired perfectly with the music it also adds another level to the class and energy level. I have been recently loving breathwork as well, which has become my internal workout for my lungs and other internal organs.
What advice do you have for brand new students?
I would tell brand new students to yoga to just take their time and have fun. Always listen to your body and check-in with how you feel. Let go of your ego and turn inwards to see how the asanas, transitions, and flow are settling into your own body and space. Let go of any expectations you have of yoga. From how it should look to how you should feel and think. This practice is a lifelong journey and if you stick with it and continue to be intuitive about your body, mind, and breath you can heal yourself.
What is your favorite thing to do when you first wake up?
I have a fun little routine when I wake up, at least I think. First I make warm lemon water and I have a Jade roller in my freezer. I will sit and jade roll my face for about 5 minutes and it feels so good. Then I will hop back into my cozy bed and do 15-20 minutes of mediation and breathwork. I journal right after and then jump out of bed and add movement into my day!