Jen began practicing yoga in 1997 at the age of 27, 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 & the elimination of self-limiting, habitual and unconscicous beliefs.
Jen teaches with humor and humility, weaving life’s gifts and challenges into classes… ultimately so we may live a sweeter life off the mat.
She counts among her influences, her daughter Claire, and in the late ’90s, Shiva Rea and NYC’s Om Yoga. Since then, her teaching (and practice) has evolved by encounters chanting with Jai Uttal at Kirtan Camp , exploring loving kindness with Stephen Cope at Kripalu in Massachusetts, as well as drop ins with local teachers at various Seattle studios. Jen is further influenced by regular stops at Jivamukti Yoga in NYC, annual visits to India, (starting with studying Ashtanga with MatyEzraty in 2012 and most recently, studying Kundalini Yoga with Kia Miller & Tommy Rosen in Rishikesh in 2017) and Judith Hanson Lasater, with whom she studied with over 150 hours, including Level I and II Restorative Techniques, semi-private intensives and Non Violent Communication.
Currently, Jen’s classes are a unique mix of traditional hatha/vinyasa postures and Kundalini kriya. Depending on the day, students in her classes might also experience japa mantra, meditation, pranayama and/or 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 taught high school journalism from 1996 – 2014. In her spare time, you might find her playing with her daughter, gardening, at the Edmonds’ Off Leash Park with her dog, Chewie, 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.