Gnist Yoga offers yoga experiences outside of the yoga studio to people of all ages and backgrounds.

In nature: On top of a mountain, on a beach, at a festival, and indoors; at work, at home, at a community space.

Gnist Yoga is about inspiration and 'gnist' refers to a spark or ignition, referring to Norwegian ‘livsgnist’, similar to ‘joie de vivre’in French or joy for life.

Through an inclusive and unpretentious approach to yoga, participants can enjoy classes, events and trips.

The focus is on increasing the connection to the breath, the body and to the present moment.
Participants are encouraged to listen to their body and to make choices suitable for their conditions and needs.

Classes range from dynamic vinyasa classes to yin yoga and restorative yoga. Classes are tailored to the needs and levels of the participants, and modifications are always offered.

Gnist Yoga offers:

·         Trauma sensitive yoga for people with trauma, including people with refugee backgrounds

·         Weekly vinyasa classes at Friluftshuset in Oslo (in Norwegian)

·         Sports-specific classes and retreats:  Yoga for surfers, skiers and others

·         Yoga for businesses: Dynamic and restorative yoga, Meditation for ease & focus at work

·        Yoga retreats in Norway and abroad combining yoga with surfing, hiking and skiing.

Founded and managed by Jeanette Olsen 

Jeanette is a Norwegian national and certified yoga teacher (RYT200) from Yandara Yoga Institute, Baja California, Mexico, as well as a certified facilitator of Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga (TSTSY), an evidence-based adjunctive treatment for complex trauma and complex Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. She completed the 300-hour Certification Programme with the Center for Trauma and Embodiment at JRI in March 2019.

She holds a Master’s Degree in Gender and Development studies and has worked and lived several years in the USA, Sudan and Central America. She is passionate about social change and outdoors activities, such as hiking, surfing and skiing, and offers classes in English, Norwegian and Spanish.

Inquiries & more information

If you’re looking for a reliable partner for a trauma sensitive yoga, a yoga retreat,event, and/or a highly qualified yoga teacher for private yoga classes or for businesses, feel free to get in touch at

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