Nina Jarnum has been practicing Yoga for over a decade. Born in Denmark, she started her yoga practice whilst living in England. She is now a resident of Petaluma, mom of two, and is YogaONE’s rebellious, fun loving Core & Inversions teacher. Nina teaches workshops wherever in the world opportunities take her, but day to day she teaches in our Petaluma studio Wednesday mornings and Tuesday & Thursday evenings.
Yoga ONE: When did you first know you wanted to be a yoga teacher?
Nina Jarnum: It took a while! I always said “the world does not need another mediocre yoga teacher”. I felt that unless I truly had something unique to contribute, being a teacher would be more of an ego trip than a calling. As I learned more and more about the human body, movement and inversions & handstands, I finally felt I had something to special to share.
Y1: Describe your first yoga class:
NJ: My first yoga class was approx 2002; a beginners class at a community center in Bristol England. I was super inflexible from horse riding (in a forward fold my hands literally reached my knees!) and one of my horse friends told me to go to yoga. It was pretty much love at first sight. I walked out from that class thinking “huh! Don’t think I’ve ever felt like this”.
Y1: What’s the most profound moment one of your students has encountered?
NJ: When a student walk into my class wanting to learn a handstand but finding it extremely hard. I have a few very simple cues I give to the handstand beginner that immediately makes it way easier to get upside down. I tell them to move their body a few inches, and half the strength is needed: Minds Blown! It is always amazing when a student realizes that handstands and arm balances are indeed available to them. It is such a privilege to give such empowerment to somebody else.
Y1: What would you say to someone who wanted to start a yoga practice but had some apprehensions about it?
NJ: There is yoga for everybody! whatever you want to achieve, be it physically or mentally; there is a yoga practice for you. Get on the mat and your life will change for the better!
Y1: What style of Yoga do you teach?
NJ: My classes are yummy, sweaty, slow, core based vinyasa flows. My teaching is all about personal empowerment, developing body intelligence and creating awe, amazement and gratefulness for your own body and its capabilities. I am known for my ability to break down handstands and arm balances and teach students more anatomically correct body engagement, giving them strong and safe practices, whilst understanding and respecting their unique body. I work from the concept that we are all our own guru; my job as a teacher is to introduce you to your own power.
Y1: What is your favorite quote?
NJ: “Forget Safety. Live where you fear to live. Destroy your reputation. Be notorious.”