One thing is for sure, Berlin is very fortunate and lucky to have this amazing teacher, Jennifer Lynn Tune. Her classes are consistently filled with love, compassion, a push to your edge and wisdom.
This is what inspires her practice...
1. How long have you been teaching?
I have been teaching since 2012.
2. What motivated you to start teaching and what have you learnt from teaching?
I had been really curious about teaching for a while but couldn't find the courage to commit to a teacher training. I've got to give credit to Kathryn Maykish who pretty much shattered all my excuses and gave me that final push that I needed. I'm so very grateful for her persistence.
Teaching yoga has taught me so much about authenticity and connection. I've relaxed so much as a teacher over the years. I used to over-prepare and worry about not giving enough to my students but I have learned to shift my focus to truly seeing, listening and showing up for them. If I want to help someone find ease and freedom, I want to be practicing what I preach.
3. What is something that you have learnt from a fellow teacher?
I've been really lucky to have had so many teachers around me who have consistently pushed themselves to go deeper and not get complacent. I really couldn't point out just one of them. I've learned stillness, trusting the natural intelligence of my body, I've learned discipline and to not fall into negotiating with my own mind. Again and again, fellow teachers have seen potential in me that I couldn't see myself and I'm so grateful for those moments of limitlessness.
I'm really inspired by yogis who embody the idea of "ease inside effort".
4. How many times a week do you practice?
I absolutely love to move, in as many different ways as possible. I like intensity and challenge, so I have to be mindful that I listen to my body. I practice most days but have started to put the focus on meditation over asana.
5. Who inspires your practice?
I don't follow one particular lineage but I definitely gravitate most towards a vinyasa type style of yoga. I find the rhythm of moving with your breath incredibly therapeutic. It usually starts with an idea or a word (like "stability" or "freedom") and then I create a practice around that.
Jared McCann has been a huge influence on me. His classes changed me and opened me up like no other.
6. Why is it necessary for you to practice?
The practice puts things into perspective for me. I've had countless days where I was mulling over a perceived problem, took class and all of a sudden couldn't remember what the issue was. The practice makes my world feel bigger.
It gives me an appreciation for my body that I want to remind myself of, daily.
And most of all, it gives me that feeling of connection that I'm always looking for.
7. What message do you like to spread through teaching?
I want to do my part to spread the benefits of stillness, pausing, doing less. And being rather Type A myself, I know how challenging the quiet moments can be in the beginning.
There is no one right way to practice. I hope to help students trust their instincts and their body's natural intelligence more. Sometimes the practice is really just how to get out of your own way.
8. Where are you currently teaching?
I recently moved but was lucky to find a great community at Berlin Hot Yoga, where I currently teach Hot, Vinyasa and Yin.
9. How has yoga helped your character develop?
I've definitely relaxed into myself through yoga. Like with anything else, it's a work in progress but it's become so much easier to trust my curiosity and show up fully and honestly.
10.What has kept you practicing all these years?
I really just love to move. I enjoy variety, so I move back and forth between different styles of yoga but I've really never had a problem motivating myself to practice. It just feels so good and there's always another layer to peel back, a way to go deeper. I'm thrilled to be part of the yoga community.