Jai Prem Yoga
with
Keri Johnson

Keri Johnson's Bio

For more information, please feel free to contact Keri at:


kerijyoga@gmail.com

Inspired by the beauty life has to offer, and fueled by the passionate love within her own heart, Keri began practicing yoga in her early teens.  During the summer of 2004, she had the Blessed opportunity of studying in Tibet and China where her interest in Hinduism and Buddhism truly flourished.

Dedicated to discover more about the philosophies and practices of Yoga, in 2005, she underwent Jivamukti Yoga training with her teachers, Sharon Gannon and David Life. Intrigued to discover more about life and her Self, in 2006, she traveled to India for six months to explore first hand, the wonder Indian philosophies and practices had to offer.

Passionate to share the wisdom she gained through her training and traveling experiences, she incorporated this knowledge through her undergraduate honors thesis at the University of Vermont.  She co-created and co-taught Yogic Environmental Philosophy during the fall of 2006, a class rooted in the interconnection of yoga and environmental awareness.  She furthered her academic path with a Master's in Religion and Nature from the University of Florida, where she wrote a thesis entitled: "Contemplating Modern Ecological Yoga: Wild Practices for the Preservation of the World."  Keri was recently accepted into UF's Counselor Education program where she will blend her previous studies with the field of Mental Health Counseling.  Appreciative for these opportunities she continues to blend together her passions for both yoga and the environment, in each of her classes.

In addition to her foremost teachers, Sharon Gannon and David Life, Keri has had the honor of studying with many contemporary teachers—Seane Corn, Hala Khouri, and Suzanne Sterling with Off the Mat, Into the World, Shiva Rea, Brock & Krista Cahill, David Williams, and Duncan Wong.  Dedicated to share the wisdom she gained through her trainings and traveling experiences, she began incorporating her two passions in life—yoga and ecology—in both the studio and academic classroom during her undergraduate and graduate careers.  In her classes, Keri weaves together traditional yoga philosophy with devotion, sacred texts, Sanskrit chanting, uplifting music, and dynamic sequencing.  Her goal is to inspire students to honor the present moment and their natural connection to the elemental world in a joyful and supportive way, providing students with a heart-opening and refreshing experience.


Keri is grateful for the continuous love and support of her family and friends; especially to her beloved soul sister for finding her again in this life, reintroducing her to the sacred teachings of yoga. To her parents, who are always there to support her through the ebb and flow of life. And to her brother who teaches her about the playfulness of life. Keri humbly bows down to the lotus feet of her foremost teachers, Sharon Gannon and David Life, for offering the ancient teachings of yoga, while inspiring her to share them with all willing individuals. Keri welcomes all practitioners to come and share the sacredness of yoga.

Teacher Trainings:

JIVAMUKTI YOGA: Omega Institute: April-May 2005, with Sharon Gannon and David Life

An intensive 300-hour yoga certification. Jivamukti is one of the nine internationally recognized forms of Hatha Yoga; incorporating mind, body, spirit, and Earth through traditional yogic philosophy, incorporated into the modern day classroom.

CHAKRA VINYASA FLOW: Kripalu Institute, October 2008, with Shiva Rea

A 44.5-hour teacher training to offer teachers with five elemental-chakra based vinyasa sequences and four sun salutations dedicated to the elements of the various chakras.

YOGA TRANCE DANCE:
Kripalu Institute, October 2008, with Shiva Rea

A 15-hour teacher training designed to educate teachers to support the students in exploring the spirit of dance within yoga.

FLUID POWER: Kripalu Institute, July 2010, with Shiva Rea

A 40-hour teacher training intensive focused on a liberating and philosophical approach to fluid movement and flow.

OFF THE MAT, INTO THE WORLD:
Omega Institute, July 2012, with Seane Corn, Hala Khouri, and Suzanne Sterling

This Yoga, Purpose, and Action Intensive provided an opportunity to discover the connections between the path of yoga and the way of divine service or Seva. Combining yoga asanas, meditation and visualization, experiential exercises, process work and ritual with practical tools of communication, organizing and collaborating in order to become more effective leaders and agents of change in the world.  

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