In 1997, Jen took her first yoga class at an athletic club as a way to free up tightness in her hips and hamstrings brought on by years of teaching group cycling classes. After two months of yoga, she was able to touch her toes…. for the first time in her adult life.
From those humble beginnings, Jen's yoga practice has been transformational in her life and has provided a way in which for her to know herself better.
She counts among her influences, her daughter Claire, her high school students (past and present) and her yoga teachers: Melina Meza of 8 Limbs Yoga, Cyndi Lee & Maty Ezraty, with whom she studied in India in March of 2012. Jen's classes combine pranayama & kriyas and physically challenging asana sequencing, with gentle, restorative poses. Her appreciation for restorative yoga increased after a week-long course with Judith Lasater in June of 2012. As an instructor, Jen invites individual exploration of the body, breath and mind as she believes that each student is their own best teacher.
Jen has also taught high school journalism since 1996. In her spare time, you might find her playing with her daughter, gardening, at the Edmonds' Off Leash Park with her dog, Lucy, or shopping at PCC. Most of all, Jen feels blessed to be part of Twist Yoga in Edmonds as she loves the energy, inspiration and unity that a yoga studio creates within the community.
Q&A with Jen
Yellow, it's so sunny and alive.
Dog, of course.
"Mommy, will you promise not to tell Santa I pick my nose sometimes?"
Favorite Yoga Pose:
Adho Mukha Svanasana (Down Dog)
Most memorable yoga teacher/class of all time:
Hmmm. Tough one. I'd probably have to say some hole in the wall place in Boston about 6 months after the birth of my daughter. I can't even remember the studio name of the teacher, but the class made me fall in love with yoga again.
Any beach where the sun is shining.
Favorite Musical Instrument:
"A Tree Grows in Brooklyn."
Besides Yoga, loves:
My daughter, my dog, home improvement projects, gardening, fresh air, hiking when the sun's out, sleeping in.
Favorite thing about Twist Vinyasa Yoga:
The electricity of a group of people moving and breathing together.
Anything else you'd like to add?
The teachers at Twist are a really great group of people.