Yoga with Jen
I have been teaching alignment-based yoga since 2009 and practicing since 2008. I was initially inspired to become a teacher by Bessel van der Kolk’s work with yoga for trauma survivors as well as by my teacher Chris Gordon (formerly certified Anusara teacher in Minnesota). I have also studied with Cindy Lusk, Jeanie Manchester, Christina Sell, David Emerson, Jenn Turner, Patrick Montgomery, and Jack Cuneo. I graduated from my 200 hour teacher training in 2010 at the Yoga Center of Minneapolis. I am an E-RYT200 and a YACEP, having taught over 1000 hours of yoga. I completed my 100 hour Anusara Immersion in 2012 with Jeanie Manchester and Cindy Lusk and my 100 hour certification in Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga in 2016 with David Emerson and Jenn Turner, for which I am a facilitator and ambassador (TCTSY-F). I obtained her MSW in 2005 and became a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in 2008.
Alignment based yoga
I teach both asana classes and Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga (TCTSY). In my asana classes, I focus on both inner and outer alignment, utilizing yoga to help us align ourselves more fully with who and how we want to be in the world. I enjoy using humor and creating a safe environment for self-study to enhance personal growth and healing. I weave yoga philosophy into each of my classes to connect with and explore yogic wisdom. As an exercise enthusiast, I understand the needs of tighter bodies and create a non-judgmental environment for all to practice (no yoga pretzels required!). My classes are not heated and I play traditional yoga music.
In my TCTSY small-group classes (pre-registration required), I offer opportunities to make choices about moving (or not moving) our bodies as well as opportunities to connect with corresponding feelings and sensations. The TCTSY protocol is an evidenced-based adjunctive treatment to psychotherapy developed by leading researchers in the fields of trauma and psychology. No music is played in TCTSY classes and the room is not heated. No physical assists are offered and I remain on my mat to help bolster a sense of safety and personal choice. Yoga forms offered are more basic including both seated and standing shapes. Click here for more information about upcoming TCTSY opportunities as well as how to contact me to register.
Alignment Based Yoga Classes
As I schedule alignment-based yoga workshops or classes, it will be posted here.