Jen Elliott’s Fuel Formula
Jennifer Elliott ERYT-500, CYT, began her yoga journey almost 20 years ago. Since then she has been certified by LMU as a yoga therapist, co-developed two yoga schools and is a YogaWorks teacher trainer. Jennifer believes in the transformative power of yoga through physical practice, self-study and contemplation. It is through these methods that she blends her skills to create seamless and challenging classes, hoping to aide her students on their path to health and contentment.
My advice for avoiding injuries is to listen to your intuition.
When I’ve talked with students after an injury they almost always say they knew when they pushed too far.
In yoga we are learning to become more in tune with the subtle signals our body is sending.
When we are present we can manage our energy and stay within our limits.
When we not aware enough to listen to our intuition, our egos may take over and push us over our edge to stress or injury.
I love to wind down before bed with a cup of hot tea.
I find that the warm water really relaxes me and if I want a good night’s sleep, I’ll go for Sleepytime Vanilla.
My other favorites are caffeine-free rooibos chai or turmeric tea.
I’ve been doing this for as long as I can remember and I think now it feels like a treat at the end of the day.
I love Eastern Body, Western Mind by Anodea Judith.
It combines psychology and the chakras of the subtle body. I flip through it weekly when I am looking for inspiration or researching more about chakras.
The biggest secret to health is rest.
The body and mind require down time to repair tissues and reset.
When we are constantly pushing ourselves—whether it be physically, mentally, or emotionally, and don’t give ourselves the proper balance of rejuvenation time, the body will respond by making us stop.
When we get out of balance we get sick, so the best way to stay healthy is to get plenty of sleep and add some regular meditation and restorative yoga to your routine.
First thing in the morning I have warm lemon water with a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar.
Next I have a cup of coffee with fresh homemade almond milk and a dash of cinnamon.
For breakfast I have Bob’s Red Mill gluten-free hot cereal and add dates and the rest of the fresh almond milk.
I’ve been doing this for quite a while and it really gets my day started right…
I am traveling.
Navigating through different places and cultures creates a challenge that makes me stronger and more resilient.
When I come home I have such a different perspective and I find that I am more confident in my daily life.
“If the door doesn’t open for you, it’s not your door.”
I love this mantra.
I’ve had several experiences where I thought my desire and experience were enough to open a particular door.
Over time I learned again and again that as much as I think I know what’s best for me, the universe always provides a bigger and better door to walk through.
When I lose out on an opportunity I had hoped for, instead of staying upset, I am now more eager to see what else is coming my way!
Sun Salutations are the best way to energize the body in the morning.
You can add other lunges or skip some of the rounds to make this sequence fit your time and energy level.
• Child’s Pose
• Down Dog
• Down Dog
• Step to the top of the mat: Ardha Uttanasana
The best yoga advice I ever received was to be consistent.
My teacher told me to show up daily for my practice even if it was just breath work.
It stuck with me because I think that sometimes we skip practice because we don’t have enough time or energy.
It was a great reminder that the practice is much more than a flow class.
We gain benefits from even just 15 minutes of stretching or meditation.
My favorite “smoothie” is really more like vegan ice cream.
• 2 bananas, frozen in chunks
• 1 cup blueberries
• ¼ cup cacao nibs
• 1 tbsp almond butter
• Almond or coconut milk
In a food processor whip bananas, blueberries, cacao nibs, almond butter, and a few ice cubes.
Add almond or coconut milk until it reaches the consistency of a sorbet. Serve immediately.
Lately I’ve been really into “Adventure of a Lifetime” by Coldplay.
I’m always changing up my yoga routine.
When I take class, I like to try other studios and classes I may not get to as often.
Meditation, new teachers, even hitting up a hot yoga class—I find that keeps me inspired and fresh for my own practice.