Jane Carlsen

Jane, owner and director of First Street Yoga, has been practicing yoga since 1992 and teaching since 1995. She received her training within the Iyengar tradition under the guidance of her long-time primary teacher, Julie Lawrence, and continues to study with senior Iyengar teachers. Jane’s teaching is also influenced by the on-going discoveries of her home practice. She believes that the deepest yoga takes place in the quiet meditation of personal practice. Her classes are designed to give students the tools they need to maintain a committed and compelling home practice.

Jane is interested in yoga as an active philosophy. She combines the practical engagement of asana practice with the study of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras to create an experience that is both grounding and provocative. In her classes, she works to teach precision of movement and thought coupled with an attitude of adventure, joy and reverence.

Jane was born and raised in Portland, Oregon (Wilson High School) and received a BA in English from Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY. She is particularly interested in how to use yoga to address specific problems and has taught yoga for medical research conducted by Kaiser Permanente and Oregon Health Sciences University.

First Street Yoga Teacher: Jane Carlsen

Yoga-related publications

  • Yoga as an experimental intervention for cognition in multiple sclerosis. Kishiyama, Carlsen, Lawrence, Small, Zajdel, Oken. International Journal of Yoga Therapy 2002; 12. view publication
  • Randomized controlled trial of yoga and exercise in multiple sclerosis. Oken, Kishiyama, Zajdel, Bourdette, Carlsen, Haas, et al. Neurology 2004. view publication