Jen Van-Achteren

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Co-director of Bija Yoga and Teacher


Hatha, Seasonal Hatha, Meditation


  • 200hr training with Sacred Seeds Yoga School in Hobart, Tasmania

  • 300hr training with Sacred Seeds Yoga School in Hobart, Tasmania


Having started my yoga journey as a teenager, I competed my teacher training in 2017. I returned to my practice after having spent too many years in my head using my intellect and forgetting to connect with my body, breath and spirit. While my work in the community sector over the last 20 years, and trying to make a difference through unpaid environment and human rights activism has been important and rewarding I realised I need to have balance in my life.

Not only for my health and well-being, but also so I can be a better parental unit, more productive in my home and work life and an effective part of the solution, rather than the problem.


I am excited to share with others what I have learnt through my relationship with yoga including the many physical, emotional and spiritual benefits. I will provide a safe and supportive environment for students to explore their relationship with yoga their practice, try new things, heal and grow. My classes focus on connecting the body, breath and mind during asana, pranayama and concentration finding steadiness and comfort to experience the essence and benefits of the practice. I feel, and hope, if more human beings are nurturing themselves and feeling connected then surely, as a species, we might in turn show more compassion to each other and the planet. 

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