Background

Jeanne Heileman specializes in discovering the needs of an individual and gently guiding each student to their own grace and balance. She creates a safe haven for students to dive deep, find their edge, and transform. Jeanne teaches with sensitivity, generosity of spirit and a good dose of humor. Founder of Tantra Flow Yoga, Jeanne brings together her years of studies and teaching skills into a style of yoga inclusive of asana, Ayurveda, mindfulness, with the added focus of the poses’ energy. She was introduced to yoga as a dancer and actress. Facing ongoing pain from scoliosis, yoga allows her tools for physical realignment and acceptance of difficulties.  In her quest for a deep and meaningful connect with all that yoga has to offer, she studied extensively in Ashtanga, Iyengar, Anusara, ParaYoga, Vini and Trantra Yoga; each adding a deeper element of meaning to her practice and teachings.  Jeanne – 500-ERYT, ParaYoga Level II certified teacher, YogaWorks senior teacher – tours internationally teaching teacher trainings, workshops, and retreats.

Teachings

Jeanne’s teaching grew immediately and soon she was teaching a full schedule at various studios all over Los Angeles and privately. She spent almost every weekend in a yoga workshop, learning from the most advanced teachers visiting the L.A. area. In addition to visiting teachers, Jeanne studied for extended periods of time with a number of senior teachers. Erich Schiffmann guided her to soften when she was fresh out of training and tried to make her students look “Iyengar-perfect” before they were ready. Gary Kraftsow taught her the value of Vini Yoga as a tool for therapeutics, and also as a means to advance a practice by working from the inside-out. After ten years of trying, she finally developed a love of Iyengar Yoga and began studying closely with Karin O’Bannon, Tias Little, Kofi Busia, Elise Browning Miller and now Lisa Walford. Desiree Rumbaugh taught her the possibilities of poses for all people through Anusara Yoga and introduced her to John Friend. Then she finally met Yogarupa Rod Stryker who taught a workshop blending alignment similar to Anusara Yoga with inner energy cultivation similar to Vini Yoga, adding some deep philosophy and wisdom not available anywhere else at the time. In 1999 Jeanne decided to study with Rod Stryker for her second teacher training.

Certification

Jeanne is a Level II Certified ParaYoga instructor and one of Rod’s long-time, senior students. Initiated into the lineage of Sri Vidya, a form of Tantra from the Himalayan Mountains under the guidance of Swami Rama, she assists Rod at workshops and conferences. She continues to study with him and his teacher, Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, the leader of the Himalayan Institute in Pennsylvania. She has traveled to India numerous times, studying Tantra with Panditji and Prana Flow/Ayurveda with Shiva Rea. In 2011 she completed a year and half-long training in Living Tantra with Panditji. She also studies with Sally Kempton, who has deepened Jeanne’s connection to the Tantric teachings with added nuances.

Jeanne is registered as an E-500 Hour Yoga Teacher through Yoga Alliance, and is also a certified Continuing Educational Provider. Tantra Flow Yoga is a registered yoga school under Yoga Alliance at the 200 and 300 hour levels.

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Private Instruction

Eight years of study in yoga therapy have given Jeanne the knowledge to spot an individual’s specific needs and to tailor private instruction to bring relief. Her own challenge with scoliosis has provided personal experience in managing back-related aches and injuries. She turned limited movement from ankle surgery into a three-month process of developing a new way of practicing, using only the torso to develop heat, strength, and elongation. Jeanne has worked with pregnant clients, elderly clients (over 70 years old), clients with medical obstacles, psychological issues, and those who simply want to improve their yoga practice and get in shape. Her private clientele includes celebrities, musicians, award-winning writers, directors, managers as well as “regular people.”

For three years Jeanne served on the faculty at the University of Southern California as an Adjunct Professor, teaching yoga in the School of Theatre. In 2005 Jeanne did her third teacher training with YogaWorks and met Lisa Walford who taught her the beauty if knowledge in yoga. In 2005, Lisa invited Jeanne to join the faculty of Teacher Trainers at YogaWorks.

After practicing yoga for over 27 years and teaching for almost 17, Jeanne is now doing what she never imagined: She not only teaches teacher trainings in the 200 Hour and 300 Hour level, she also has contributed to the content of each training. She teaches teacher trainings and workshops internationally, and maintains regular classes when she is in Los Angeles. And, she still has not made it to Time Warner…

If you have any questions or would like to schedule Private Instruction, contact Jeanne here.