Sati Yoga & Jennifer O'Sullivan


"Enjoy the miracle of walking on Earth."
~ Thich Nhat Hanh

Hi! I'm Jennifer O'Sullivan

I deeply believe in the power of yoga and meditation to nurture the human spirit and promote radical and meaningful change in our lives and in our society. I view the work we do on our mats and cushions as "lab time" where we practice the methods that help us show up in the world with an open heart.

Based on a potent blend of ancient wisdom teachings and contemporary spiritual psychology, my mission is to help others cultivate the inner resources of reslience, courage and genuine happiness. I offer workshops and classes to those who want to learn how to lean into life's joys and challenges. I also lead programs for teachers who wish to reignite the spark in their teaching and offer depth practices that truly change lives.

Dedication and Evolution

I have been teaching in the Washington, DC area since 2004. My root teachers, Don & Amba Stapleton, taught me the importance of a non-authoritarian, inquiry-based approach where the teacher slowly steps back in order to strengthen the student's self guidance and direct connection to source. Their methodology continues to underpin my teaching, and you'll find that my classes are non-competitive and non-dogmatic. Instead, I take the perspective of "see what happens if..."

Like a lot of yogis and yoginis, and perhaps due to my ballet background, I was initially attracted to vinyasa (flow) practice. I really loved the mindful dance of breath and movement. I taught juicy, creative classes with an eclectic playlist for over eight years. But it wasn't sustainable.

I started exploring Yin Yoga in the months following the birth of my daughter at a time when I just didn't have the energy to give to a more vigorous practice. I found Yin to be very soothing for all my tired parts — the energetic equivalent of someone rubbing my back.

I took my first Yin Yoga training in 2011 at the Omega Institute with the wonderful Biff Mithoefer, a fellow student of Don and Amba's. As luck would have it, Omega was hosting Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh the weekend before the training started. I was able to combine the two programs into eight days of profound introspection and personal healing.

I uncovered old wounds, cried a lot, and recommitted to my purpose as a practitioner and teacher. I realized I was ready to uplevel my mindfulness practice and committment to following the path of the Buddha. Two years later, I received the Five Mindfulness Trainings (Five Precepts) and my Dharma name from Thich Nhat Hanh at his last retreat at Blue Cliff Monestary in New York.

Shortly after my first Yin training, I enrolled in Sarah Power's Insight Yoga Institute (IYI), a 500hr depth-studies program in Yin Yoga, Buddhism, Taoism and spiritual psychology. I completed her program four years later and became one of just 20 endorsed Insight Yoga teachers and a mentor to other IYI students.

I am currently studying to become an Internal Family Systems (IFS) practitioner, while I continue to explore Buddhism, mindfulness, and positive psychology with a variety of teachers. I continue to attend regular retreats with Sarah and at Bante Gunaratana's Bhavana Society.

Why Sati Yoga?

Sati means “mindfulness” in Pali, the sacred language of early Buddhism. Throughout my evolution as a yoga pracitioner and teacher, mindfulness has been the unifying thread that runs through all of my work. Presenting my work under the umbrella of "Sati Yoga" is as much a descriptor as it is a reminder to myself to stay true to what I value most about spiritual practice: connecting deeply to myself and others.

Certifications & Endorsements
Holistic Yoga Teacher Training, 200hrs
Natasha Hennessy, Pure Prana

Advanced Interdisciplenary Yoga, 300hrs
Don & Amba Stapleton, Nosara Yoga Institute

Insight Yoga, 500hrs + Ongoing
Endorsed Insight Yoga Teacher & Mentor
Sarah Powers, Insight Yoga Institute

Self-Awakening Yoga®
Don & Amba Stapleton, Nosara Yoga Institute

Yin Yoga & Functional Anatomy, 100hrs
Paul Grilley

Internal Family Systems Level 1 (March 2019)
Pamela Krause & Murushka Glissen, The Center for Self Leadership

IFS-Inspired Coaching
Anna Tansi & Brian Jaudon, The Center for Self Leadership

Positive Neuroplasticity Training & Professional Course
Rick Hanson, Ph.D.

Yin Yoga
Biff Mithoefer

Yin Yoga and Myofascial Release
Jo Phee

Therapeutic Yoga
Cheri Clampett

Prenatal Yoga
Blooma Levels 1 & 2

Nectar of Nidra
Kaya Mindlin, SRY Yoga

Yoga for Emotional Balance
Bo Forbes

Embodied Psychology for Yogis
Pyschologically Sound Yoga Teaching
Livia Cohen-Shapiro, Ecstatic Unfoldment

Fascia in Movement Series
Tensegrity in the Body Series
Tom Myers, Anatomy Trains

Yoga, Biomechanics and Asana
Beyond Yoga Alignment
The Science of Stretching
Jules Mitchell

Thai Yoga Therapy
Thai Institute of Healing Arts

Pranassage®
Don & Amba Stapleton, Nosara Yoga Institute