Jen began practicing yoga in 1997, with the goal to be 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 tools for contemplation & perspective for self and others.
Jen teaches with humor and humility, weaving life’s challenges with asana… ultimately so we may live a sweeter life off the mat.
She counts among her influences, her daughter Claire, her high school students (past and present,) teacher Melina Meza, and early in the early 2000s, NYC’s Om Yoga & Cyndi Lee.
Since then, her teaching (and practice) has evolved by encounters -brief or lasting – at Kirtan Camp with Jai Uttal, exploring loving kindness with Stephen Cope and drop ins with great Seattle teachers Eiric Orvid & Amber Tande.
Jen is further influenced by Ashtanga teacher Maty Ezraty (and her assist, James Browne!) during a 2012 trip to India, and Judith Lasater, with whom she studied Level I and II Restorative Techniques in spring, 2011 and summer, 2013, respectively.
Jen’s classes combine creative and physically challenging asana sequencing, with gentle, restorative poses.
Expect japa mantra, pranayama and kriya in addition to asana.
As an instructor, she 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 dogs, Lucy, & Minnie 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.
“I wanted to let you know how much I enjoy Jen’s classes. She makes me feel like it’s okay to be normal (i.e. not perfect) and laugh and not to be so serious when practicing yoga.
And I always learn something new which I love too. So, thanks!” –
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