Instructors

Shakti Initiation was co-founded by Jovinna Chan and Grace Jull in 2013 to provide women an unique learning environment for intimate, personal and transformative training while acquiring tools and skills to deepen their teaching.

Jovinna Chan &Grace Jull

Jovinna Chan

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“A good teacher shows you new possibilities. A great teacher lights up your body, heart and mind and opens you to deep appreciation of the mystery of your journey. Spend time with Jovinna Chan and you get the works.”
– Jonathan Foust

Jovinna Chan, E-RYT 500, began delving into yoga, dance, and martial arts as a child in Singapore, and today facilitates transformative yoga and dance programs around the world.

jc-nyc-sm A well-respected teacher of yoga, conscious dance, and self-expression, Jovinna radiates a contagious quality of aliveness – in both movement and stillness – that students find liberating. In the many workshops and trainings she leads worldwide, she creates sacred space for deep joy and transformational experiences.

Jovinna has a BA in International Marketing, graduated from the Academy of Dramatic Arts in NYC, attended the Martha Graham Dance School, received her black belt in karate from master Richard Amos, served as a Kripalu Yoga Teacher Trainer at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, and is a certified facilitator of both LetYourYoga Dance and Soul Motion Conscious Dance.

Please visit jovinna.com to learn more about Life Mentoring with Jovinna, and info about her upcoming Workshops and Trainings.

 

Grace Jull

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“Grace knows how to read and reach people.”
Susan L., Poet, NY

Grace Jull MA LMT has been leading transformational workshops since 1986. Described as “the Mary Oliver of the Yoga Mat”, she is gifted at eloquently weaving science, movement and the evolution of each individual and collective encounter.

founder Grace remains an avid student and teacher of embryology, osteopathic principles, biodynamic anatomy, yoga, WATSU and massage. She has been adjunct professor at Saybrook University’s Mind Body Medicine Phd Program, Harvard’s Rehabilitation Medicine Resident Lifestyle Curriculum, and was honored with a Scholar in Residence term at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in 2008.

Having grown up at the foothills of the Canadian Rockies, she was initiated into the power and peace of the natural world throughout her childhood doing back country skiing, hiking, bear encounters, almost being in an avalanche…this direct experience deeply informs the way she transmits her understanding of the Forces of Nature inside and outside of us.

She has also apprenticed deeply with the elements. Whether it is depending on fire for heat and living without electricity and running water for two years, training to offer Watsu/aquatic massage for 12 years, or founding a non-profit for farmers. Her breadth of understanding about the healing potential of Yoga emerges from years of teaching to a wide range of communities, from remote Inuit communities in the Arctic to corporations.

Her love of Bali is particularly contagious. She truly feels awe for how this island initiates people into its deep heart. Her instruction of yoga, massage and anatomy is founded on the knowledge that our bodies are a profound Force of Nature. Grace’s community website is www.gracesanatomy.com.