Jenny Finkel

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   I began doing yoga in 7th grade after reading an article about it in Seventeen magazine.  I was an asthmatic, scoliotic teen who pretended to be sick to get out of playing kickball in Phys Ed class.  Seventeen touted yoga’s benefits for breathing and posture and described it as a non-competitive pursuit.  It sounded right up my alley, so I gave the postures in the magazine a try, and a new passion was formed.
     Through yoga, I discovered a sense of athleticism and coordination I never knew I had.  I tapped into an appreciation for my body and all that it was capable of, when I previously thought it was only good for feigning migraines.  Playing kickball still feels a little bit like punishment to me, but a day without yoga feels like a day unfinished now.
      Fast forward 15+ years, when I took a job as a retail sales girl at Life Yoga and Boutique in New Orleans, LA.  I had always considered yoga to be a solo pursuit, until I summoned up the courage to take my practice “public” by taking advantage of unlimited free yoga classes at Life--one of the perks of my retail job.  The self-consciousness that had lingered since my teenage years fell away as I learned to embrace the group-class mentality.  Shortly thereafter, with the support and encouragement of the wonderful teachers and staff at Life, I was inspired to pursue my teaching certificate.  I obtained my 200 Hour certificate from YogaWorks under the leadership of Jennie Cohen at Quiet Mind Yoga in Washington, DC in August 2010, and followed that up with a Yoga of Awareness for Cancer training at Duke Integrative Medicine in Durham, NC in April 2011.
      In May of 2011, I moved from New Orleans to Chicago, and have since had the pleasure of getting involved in the amazing yoga community in the Windy City.  In June 2014, I completed my barre and Core Fusion certifications through Exhale Spa, followed by my AFAA group fitness certification in February 2015.  I received my 500 hour yoga teaching certificate from Zuna Yoga in November 2016.  I named an ambassador for lululemon athletica’s 900 North Michigan Ave store in January 2013, and I currently represent Chicago as a Fitbit Ambassador and PUMA Team Faster Elite Trainer.  

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After having just completed my RYT 200 I have been inspired to further my yoga journey and my own personal journey inward. I have fallen in love with yoga and how it has changed my life and I just want to continue to explore so I can share this beautiful gift with as many as possible. Jessica
 

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