Jennifer W. Beaumont

Natarajasana             photo by Jim Gebben 

Natarajasana             photo by Jim Gebben 


Jennifer W. Beaumont, director of Iyengar Yoga Center of Grand Rapids, has been studying and practicing yoga in the Iyengar lineage for two decades. A Grand Rapids native, Jennifer's intense study of Iyengar yoga ignited as a freshman student in Ann Arbor.  After graduation from the University of Michigan, Jennifer met her teacher, Manouso Manos, then moved to San Francisco to apprentice with him at the Abode of Iyengar Yoga.  Manouso Manos, a long-time student of Yogacharya B.K.S. Iyengar, holds the highest teaching certification worldwide, granted directly by his teacher.  In addition to continuing her studentship with Manouso, Jennifer has studied with the Iyengar family (B.K.S. Iyengar, and his daughter, Geeta Iyengar, and son, Prashant Iyengar). She was blessed by practicing near B.K.S. Iyengar for two months at the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute in Pune, India. 

Jennifer began teaching Iyengar Yoga in 2003 in San Francisco. Now a Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher at the Intermediate Jr. III level, she  was the first CIYT in West Michigan. She currently serves as a mentoring teacher in the Iyengar system of teacher certification (IYNAUS). The mother of two children, Jennifer has specialized prenatal Iyengar yoga training and is  an experienced teacher for women experiencing the  transformative changes of pregnancy and motherhood.

Jennifer experiences Iyengar yoga as a creative art form that deeply transforms the practitioner. Intense practice has improved her health and continues to bring clarity.  She inspires students to overcome obstacles through the insights gained in consistent study in classes and realized through the power of practice. 

We are all sculptors and painters, and our material is our own flesh and bones.
— Henry David Thoreau
Just as in a dream, the dreamer appears in many different ways but is one on awakening, so the universe appears to have many forms.
— Shiva Samhita - I. 38
Don’t follow in the footsteps of the old poets, seek what they sought.
— Matsuo Bashō
You are supposed to be a beacon of light!
— Manouso Manos
Attention is the beginning of devotion.
— Mary Oliver, "Upstream"
Jennifer's teacher, Manouso Manos, demonstrates Bhujangāsana II.

Jennifer's teacher, Manouso Manos, demonstrates Bhujangāsana II.