Elaine Hansen

I have been a teacher for more than 40 years. I began teaching English as a second language in Paris in 1978, then painting and drawing at universities and colleges. In 1997, I started offering yoga classes in my painting studio at 111 First Street. For over two decades Yoga Shunya has evolved with Jersey City and has tried its best to serve the changing needs of the community.

I believe learning is a creative act and that the study of yoga, in all its forms, offers a deep awareness of the connection between body and spirit and between the individual and the community. My first certifications to teach yoga were from the Integral Yoga Institute in NYC. I am grateful to all my Anusara teachers, Sue Hitzmann with her Melt Method and Swami Asokananda at IYI NYC. My students are also some of my best teachers.