About Jennie Wadsten

JENNIE WADSTEN

For Jennie, teaching yoga is about helping others to cultivate awareness, self compassion and strength and then taking these qualities into everyday life.  Her teaching style is warm, enthusiastic and encouraging, and contains an extensive knowledge of anatomy and psychology. She is passionate about how yoga can help balancing the nervous system and make us feel centred in stressful situations – making it easier to take decisions in everyday life that are aligned with what’s important to us. 

“Yoga doesn’t TAKE time.

It GIVES time.” 

 

– Jennie Wadsten

Summary

Jennie Wadsten (born in Sweden 1977) fell in love with yoga in 1997 and has been teaching yoga since 2005. Following her fascination for yoga, she has completed several teacher trainings and workshops of different styles and approaches over the years, including: Yoga Nidra, Anusara yoga, Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga, Virya yoga, Vinyasa flow, Yin yoga, Meditation, Pranayama, Ayurvedic yoga massage, Nutrition and Anatomy.

She is also studying psychology: mainly ACT and how yoga effects mental health.
Right now (2023) she’s focusing on Trauma Informed Yoga and on deepening her knowledge about the brain and consciousness (Linköping University).

Jennie is the owner and manager of four companies: YogaLeela (Sweden), Yoga Treat Retreat Ltd (UK), Yoga Treat Online Ltd (UK) and Leela Network (India).


Qualifications & Expertise

Jennie worked full time as an Accountant (in the IT and media sector) for many years, until her passion for yoga took over! In 2005 she founded YogaLeela and since then she’s been working full time both as a yoga teacher and as a business consultant. Nowadays she runs four (!) successful yoga and business consultant companies with clients all over the world.

From 2012 to 2015 she was the manager of Brahmani Yoga drop-in centre at Tito’s. Back then, Brahmani was the biggest drop in yoga studio in North Goa; founded by Julie Martin in 2003.

In 2016 she moved to South Goa and nowadays she works as a freelance business consultant, she studies psychology and trauma informed yoga and she runs retreats, workshops and teacher trainings, mainly in Ibiza, Italy, Portugal, Germany, Finland, UK, Greece, Norway and Sweden.  She also teaches yoga at studios and at corporate events, mainly in Sweden. She’s based in Goa, India and Stockholm, Sweden.

She runs very popular teacher training courses with her colleagues Melanie Cooper, Josefin Wikström, Stu Girling and Angelica Henriksson and Johanna Alvin and she’s one of the senior teachers at the advanced teacher training course at The Shala, London.

Jennie is E-RYT 500 (Experienced Yoga Teacher by Yoga Alliance, USA), YACEP (Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider), Trauma Informed Yoga Teacher (TAY) and Senior Teacher (Yoga Professionals UK). She’s also a member of IAYT (International Association of Yoga Therapists)

With her wide knowledge and long experience in both corporate and yoga worlds, Jennie has a unique ability to tune into the specific, individual needs of both groups; her career as an economist enables her to see group dynamics, broader perspectives, and help companies with setting up and accomplishing health care visions and goals.


Education

University courses of relevance

Accounting, Finance (Stockholm University), Finance (Mittuniversitetet), Interactive design and media (Södertörns högskola), Law (Stockholm University), Various states of consciousness (Skövde University), Hindi and the Culture of India (Uppsala University)


Other courses of relevance

Business/IT (Nackademin), Acceptance & Commitment Therapy for depression and anxiety, Acceptance & Commitment Therapy for Trauma (Russ Harris), Nutritionist (Paulun), Lic. Gym instructor (SAFE), Pilates instructor (Gymnastikförbundet), Ayurvedic Yoga Massage (Kumar, Mysore), Thai Massage (Itzhak Helman) Bollywood dance teacher training (Josefin Wikström), Mindfulness (Åsa Åhman), Menopause/Stark genom klimakteriet (Monika Björn)


Yoga courses

Virya Yoga Level 1, Virya Yoga Level 2, Yoga & Ayurveda, Yoga for Seniors, Vinyasa Flow, Therapeutic Yoga, Adjustments, Sequencing, Yoga Philosophy (Nordic Yoga Institute: Josephine Selander, Doug Keller, Sundari Lucy, Åsa Åhman, Helena Wintre, Marian Papp etc)
Vinyasa Flow Level 1, Level 2, Restorative Yoga, Adjustments, Sequencing, Pranayama, meditation etc (Brahmani Yoga: Julie Martin, Melanie Cooper, Helen Noakes, Emil Wendel, Jodi Boone, Rhys Beynon, Anouk Petzholdt, Josefin Wikström etc)
Anusara Yoga, immersions and trainings (with John Friend, Jonas Westring, Neesha Zollinger, Ulla Lundgren, Todd Norian etc.)
Yin Yoga (Ulrica Norberg, Paul Grilley, Sarah Powers, Melanie Cooper, Norman Blair)

Prenatal Yoga (Jodie Bone, Satsanga)

Restorative Yoga (Jodie Bone, Satsanga)
Astanga Vinyasa Yoga (Saraswati Jois in Mysore)
Yoga for PTSD (The Minded Institute, Heather Mason)
Yoga for Anxiety (The Minded Institute, Heather Mason)
Prison Yoga (Mumbai, Josefin Wikström)
Trauma Informed Yoga 300 hrs (ongoing, Josefin Wikström)
Yoga Nidra (Uma Dinsmore-Tuli and Nirlipta Tuli)
iRest Yoga Nidra (Richard Miller)
Yoga Nidra & Neuroscience (Nirlipta Tuli)
Pranayama (Melanie Cooper)


Workshops of relevance 2004 – 2022

Adjustments, Ashtanga Second series, Acro Yoga, Biomechanics, Yoga Philosophy, Yoga for seniors, Chair Yoga, Chakra Yoga, Yin yoga, Pranayama, Meditation, Theming, Pelvic Floor, Restorative Yoga, Prana Flow, Inversions, Anatomy workshops, Sequencing, Yin Yoga for Ashtanga, Thai Yoga massage, Yoga & Non Violent Communication, Yoga & Ayurveda, Yoga & Acceptance & Commitment Therapy, Acro yoga, Scaravelli Yoga Kundalini Yoga, Reflexology, Iyengar Yoga, Jivamukti Yoga, 5 Rhythms, Sacred Dance, Yoga for Anxiety, Yoga for PTSD, Yoga & Business.


Workshop teachers

Her love for yoga has led her to in-depth studies with many teachers over the years: just to mention a few:

Johanna Alvin, Monika Björn, Veronika Jäderlund, Julie Martin, Josefin Wikström, Melanie Cooper, Stu Girling, Josephine Selander, Lisa Dale, Daniel Scott, Ashley Bond, Ulrica Norberg, Neesha Zollinger, Suzee and Paul Grilley, Sarah Powers, Helena Wintre, Josephine Selander, John Friend, Shiva Rea, Sarah Powers, Biff M, Norman Blair, Jonas Westring, Liz Warrington, Emil Wendel, Helen Noakes, David Life, Sharon Gannon, Nathan Gray, Todd Norian, Jonas Klingberg, Jo Cobbet, Anja Bergh, Vinn Marti, Julia Muller, Heather Mason etc.


Language skills

Swedish (fluent), English (fluent), Hindi (intermediate), German (intermediate), French (intermediate).


More about Jennie

+ She loves cats, her sons Felix & Elliot, her motorcycle (a Royal Enfield) and her house in India (when the wifi is working), Scandinavian design and her husband. (Maybe not in that specific order…) 🙂
Ask her about her cats and she’ll love you!

She doesn’t enjoy cooking, and she has a bad habit of eating most of her meals in front of her computer. (…with her cats.) Good thing is – her lack of cooking skills means she always eats out in India – and that’s how she met her husband: turns out he owns a restaurant so no she never has to cook ever again. 🙂

Work with Jennie

For collaborations, please contact Jennie’s lovely assistants at info@yogaleela.se 

“One of the most dedicated and professional teachers I have had the pleasure to meet. Jennie has wealth of knowledge and experience that she shares to her students, always with smile and kindness. Fun, charismatic and generous. A teachers teacher. Million stars and more. Thank you for all you do ❤️
-Katja Niemela, Ibiza