Genny Wilkinson Priest started practicing Ashtanga yoga in 2000 in her native New York City when working as a journalist.
A former competitive gymnast, she came to the practice first on physical level but soon discovered its deeper meaning – especially after the 9/11 terror attacks on which she reported when working as a journalist for Reuters. Genny’s professional path led her to Singapore -- where she wrote for Time Magazine -- and then to Paris where she received a Diplome de Cuisine from Le Cordon Bleu, before settling in London.
As her family grew to a small army of four boys, she quit full-time hard news journalism to focus on her yoga studies, becoming a Sri K Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute Authorised Level 1 teacher, as well as British Wheel of Yoga and Yoga Alliance UK-certified teacher. She is qualified to teach Children’s yoga, Vinyasa yoga, and Hot yoga. She is fascinated by yoga philosophy, and studied for a Master's Degree in the Traditions of Yoga and Meditation at SOAS in London.
Her teacher of 15 years is Hamish Hendry, the UK's only Certified Ashtanga Yoga teacher. He has taught her the Primary Series, Intermediate, Third and now is working with her on Fourth. She practices Ashtanga yoga daily and traditionally, and recognises that she is student before she is a teacher.
In addition to teaching at triyoga, she is the Yoga Manager at Europe's biggest group of yoga studios, running 750 classes a week across five centres that offer 45 different styles of yoga, all rooted in tradition.
She continues to write, editing Pushpam -- a new, global yoga magazine published by Hamish Hendry that explores the state of the practice of contemporary yoga. Her articles have also appeared in Yoga Journal, Huffington Post, the Daily Mail, Elephant Journal, Cosmopolitan, Yogadork and Healthista.com