Jan Yuvan

I came to yoga over 20 years ago when I was introduced to the Kripalu* Yoga tradition. After years of practicing Kripalu Yoga I decided to solidify my dedication to it by becoming a certified Kripalu teacher in 2004. As an athlete, I have a strong competitive spirit. However, in my personal Yoga practice and in teaching I choose to set aside competition, instead defining my Yoga practice as a time of personal exploration and discovery — a time to be attentive to the self — physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. While the practice may be challenging on many levels, it is always about self care and nurturing. I combine my varied personal and professional experience with a pragmatic approach and a strong attention to detail, while allowing room for exploration and discovery.

*Kripalu tradition defines Yoga as meditation in motion. It is a form of Hatha Yoga from a Kundalini lineage that emphasizes body awareness and giving the body what it needs to thrive. Kripalu Yoga is one of the first and most well respected schools of Yoga in the United States, having arrived here in the 1970ʼs.

Teaching Experience

  • Open level group classes
  • Yoga for people in need of support due to effects of the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center
  • Yoga for children in the Pediatric Psychiatric Unit of St. Vincentʼs Hospital, New York, NY
  • Yoga, strength and conditioning for the New York City Spartans, a traveling baseball team of teenage boys. Also threw batting practice and assisted with other aspects of practice
  • Private Yoga instruction to athletes and individuals recovering from injury, trauma and surgery
  • Interview for WE Channel to discuss Yoga and its benefits and provide tips on getting started

Athletic Interests

I am dedicated to athletic pursuits. My passion is baseball, which I play at every opportunity. I am also an avid student of the game. I began playing softball at a young age and continued through college at the NCAA Division 1 level. I have received baseball instruction from Major League coaches at the Pro Ball Baseball Clinic and am a certified Babe Ruth League/Ripken Baseball coach.  I have a wide ranging appreciation for athletics, having competed in triathlons and adventure races and enjoyed snowboarding, kayaking and climbing.


  • Kripalu Yoga Teacher 500-hour Certification, 2013
  • Kripalu Yoga Teacher 200-hour Certification, 2004
  • Master of Science in Urban Planning, Columbia University, New York, 1996
  • Bachelor of Science, Loyola University Chicago, 1986ERYT-500 registry mark

Professional Memberships

  • Yoga Alliance E-RYT 500 Registration
  • Kripalu Yoga Teachers Association (KYTA)
  • International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT)

Other Professional Experience

Community Organizer, Northwest Bronx Community and Clergy Coalition, Bronx, NY
Assisted residents of disenfranchised communities in organizing to obtain much needed services such as heat and hot water in buildings, better police protection and decent, affordable housing.

Urban Planner,
Worked in the private sector as a city planner for an engineering/planning/architecture firm with a focus on transportation planning and specializing in the design and planning of bicycle and pedestrian facilities — environmentally sustainable and healthy modes of transportation.

Worked as a carpenter, woodworker and furniture builder.