Meet Jennifer, a phenomenal instructor! Jennifer joined the L+B team with a passion to give back. She holds classes for homeless teens and addiction recovery students on a regular basis. In class, you will find her connecting, sharing practical advice and showing cheerful smiles to put all around her at ease.
Always going the extra mile to personalize the experience and respond to the needs of each student, Jennifer created a "yoga on the go" sequence to pass out after class increasing independent practice (yoga stick figures and all!). She also has a "chill chair" for her addiction recovery students to enjoy the view of the bay during her park class. Inside and out, she is strong and beautiful! We are so fortunate to have this incredible gal on the team!
What brings you to your yoga mat?
I come to my yoga mat to recharge and get connected. My mind, body and soul connect as I get a chance to pause for gratitude and get grounded in my intentions. My yoga mat is my human docking station it recharges me!
How do you practice yoga off your mat?
I embrace the 1st limb of yoga, Yama, which is the idea of focusing on my behavior and how I conduct myself in life, my integrity and my ethical standards.
Why did you want to become involved with Live + Breathe?
I wanted to service my community and yoga felt like the perfect way to give back. I can introduce people to a practice that could help them in their life that really costs no money and has huge payoffs: physiologically, mentally and spiritually. What a gift to give and receive.
As an instructor, what is your favorite part about teaching yoga?
I love to see the before and after effects. Yoga can change your mental state and the systems in your body through breathe, awareness and relaxation to align you with true mental and physical health. You see it in people's faces and you can feel the energy of the room shift to peaceful positivity.
What are, in your opinion, some of the key benefits of yoga?
Yoga works to calm your mind through mindfulness, strengthen and soften your body through movement and soothe your soul through relaxation. It is a holistic approach to mental and physical health as it works on your mind, body and soul.
Do you recall any special moments from your students?
A yoga class can be a safe place for people. I've had many people emotionally release through tears…they get quiet, they feel, they let go. Yoga can touch you deeply and yoga can help to heal you. When I have witnessed people release and be vulnerable, it is humbling to me to have provided an environment for that to take place.
Are there any lessons you have learned from your students?
They really don't like down dog. Serious answer, they like to take breaks...just not in down dog ;)
Is there a pose or meditation that you could do every single day?
My daily equation is: Meditate AM + Legs up the Wall PM = Peaceful Yoga Instructor
What or who inspires you?
What is your mantra?