Ellen Johannesen, born in Norway and a yoga teacher for more than 17 years, took up yoga during her a career as a proffesional dancer. She first encountered Ashtanga yoga during a tour to New York in 1994, and has practiced ever since. She utilizes her in depth knowledge of body and mind to teach yoga adaptad to any level of practitioner.
She is an KPJAYI authorized level 2 Ashtanga yoga teacher and she also holds a teacher training certificate from John Scott.
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. A growing interest in Buddhism brought her first to Bylakuppe, South India, where she spent about three years living in a Tibetan Monastery. She then moved to Kathmandu where she, after completing a Tibetan translator training course, earned a degree in Buddhist studies and Himalayan Languages from Kathmandu university.
She currently lives and works as as a yoga teacher in Kathmandu.