Ellen Johannesen, born in Norway, is a professional dancer and a yoga teacher for more than 20 years. She took up Ashtanga yoga during a tour to New York in 1994, where she had her fist Ashtanga class with David Life at Jivamukti. This was the beginning of her lifelong practice and Yoga journeys, which brought her to John Scott, Eddie Stern, Danny Paradise, Karen Habermann, Louisa Sear, and in 1997 to Mysore and Pattabhi Jois - where she spent three months practicing the intermediate series. In 2001 spent three months with Louisa Sear in Byron Bay learning the advanced A series. In 2002 she co-founded the first Ashtanga studio In Oslo, Norway, Ashtanga Yoga Oslo. Where she was the principal teacher in charge of the Mysore program. The studio hosted many internationally recognized teachers such as John Scott, Tim Feldman, Kino McGregor, David Keil, Prem Carlisi and others. In 2005 she started a two-year TTC/internship with John Scott in Cornwall, UK. Inspired by John, she then returned to Mysore five more times and holds a level II authorization.
A growing interest in Buddhist Philosophy and Tibetan language brought her first to Bylakuppe, South India, where she spent 2 years living in a Tibetan Monastery, and then to Kathmandu where she completed a Tibetan translator training course and earned a bachelor degree in Buddhist studies and Himalayan Languages from Kathmandu University. She is currently working on her masters degree while teaching yoga classes workshops and retreats for Pranamaya Yoga. Ellen is a dedicated teacher who uses her in depth knowledge of body and mind to approach each student individually. She also has a keen interest in sharing her knowledge of Buddhist philosophy and practices and quoting one of her teachers, says, “There is only one Yoga…”