Jennifer Pastiloff: Meet the master of Word-Asana

yoga teacher, writer, wine drinker

alignyo Los Angeles interview with yoga teacher Jennifer Pastiloff

Since Jennifer Pastiloff blends writing in with the yoga practice, chances are you’ll remember what she said when she teaches instead of her sequencing. This creator of Karaoke Yoga is finishing up her first book and leading retreats to The Galapagos Islands, Costa Rica and Italy – all in the coming months. Intrigued? Read our Q&A to find out what her students did when she spilled wine on her computer.

What makes your style of teaching unique?

I blend writing in with the yoga practice. All of my retreats/workshops are 80% writing. The focus is not asana. The rumor is that people come to my class for what I say. Being a writer, that makes me happy. 

What's the most frequently asked question you get being a yoga teacher?

“How did you end up becoming a yoga teacher?” 

What's the strangest thing a student of yours did, said or wore in your class?

Strangest? One time a gal stripped down to her bra and scanty panties and vinyased her way through class. Most awesome? My tribe (I prefer to call them that than students) bought me a new MacBook Air when I spilled wine on my computer. They knew I was writing a book and presented it to me at my class at Equinox last December. 

What's the most yogically incorrect, or stereotypical thing you do as a yoga teacher?

Where do I start? I drink wine (as noted by said spilling of it on said computer.) I drink coffee and I curse. I don’t post yoga photos of myself on Instagram (mainly because, truth be told, I can’t do the fancy ones. I bow to my friends who can). I am very open about my depression and being on anti-depressants (which I am now 100% off). I am a Breaking Bad junkie. 

Which profession would your alter ego choose and why?

I am a writer. Not sure if it’s my alter ego, but that’s the other thing I would do. That and be a professional traveler and book reader.

Who or what inspires your practice and your teaching?

Anything I can find for inspiration inspires me, and trust me, I am always looking. Poetry inspires me. Human beings inspire me. Watching people shift, connect, be vulnerable. My yogi-inspirations right now are Jessie Diaz-Perez and JL Chiemengo. They are as real as it gets. That inspires me: Realness. Basically I am a thief for inspiration. I look for it everywhere and use what I can to keep me alert, alive, paying attention.

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