Jed (aka Ganapati)

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Born to a hippie woodsman and an indigenous seer, Jed Pennell’s (‘Ganapati’s) roots run deep in the streams of earth knowledge. A middle child of four brothers, he spent his childhood playing in the clean cold streams of southern Oregon, building forts among the sacred cedars. His character serene like the old-growth firs in the Kalamiopsis wilderness behind his house: charred by fire, growing sweeter and stronger through tragedy yet inclined toward victory.

Upon graduating from Illinois Valley High School as valedictorian, ASB president, and a 3x state wrestling champion he went to Oregon State University where he continued his search. As a NCAA Division I wrestler he flourished through a relentless work ethic and driving longing for realization, becoming the Pac-10 newcomer of the year and a perennial national competitor. Earning a minor in Philosophy and a Masters Degree in Exercise and Sport Science, he was the recipient of numerous prestigious awards. En route to his teaching degree the universe orchestrated one of the most magical, synchronistic meetings of his lifetime: his soulmate Keri! It was also in college that he began practicing yoga. Here he found a crystallization of his spiritual values and his life purpose. Studying under Sujita Sklenar, after a few years he began subbing for her classes. Moving off the grid into the life breathing redwoods of California’s southern Mendocino coast, with his soon to be wife, Jed spent the next six years teaching Physical Education, Health, and other subjects at Point Arena High School. There he developed his spiritual flow yoga classes, became an avid surfer and was blessed with the birth of his first two sons, Kalani and Phoenyx. In the summer of 2009 he took a pilgrimage to rediscover the ancient knowledge of his ancestors in Peru, while transforming his practice through studying with Vedantin in his 200 and 500-hour School Yoga Institute teacher training courses. 

Delving into the shamanic realms, in 2011 he finished his 1000-Hr and facilitator SYI trainings. When not travelling the world facilitating Yoga Teacher Training Courses with SYI (as of 2014 he has lead over a dozen trainings) Ganapati continues his mystical soul journey at hOMe with his family-including his third son, Orion, who was born there-in the land of pura vida Costa Rica. As a follower of the Mayan Tzolkin and 13 moon calendars, Jed embodies Cib/Ajmac (vulture/condor/owl) and the Blue Resonant Monkey, respectively, signs of wisdom, ancestor connection, play and magic. A peaceful warrior letting his life emerge through humor, paradox and change, Ganapati’s life purpose is to embody the formless unconditional love through the many forms: yoga, surfing, gardening, sacred geometry, chanting, singing, dancing!  Emanating out from the moment of formlessness the flower of life is the pattern of creation he follows. Passionate about embodying the shift back toward the galactic center—the Divine feminine—Ganapati practices holding space, seeing through illusion, and recognizing the one in all, whether studying crop circles, practicing yoga, or hanging out with his family.


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