Meet Jenn

Hi! I’m Jenn – this is the short version of my story (for the slightly longer version – scroll down)…

These days, I’m a Yogini, a Catalyst, and a Warrior – but I wasn’t always… I’m here to show you how easy and awesome it is to live healthy, energized and empowered.

IMG_0590This is me circa 2008. When this photo was taken, I was chronically depressed, had almost ZERO self-confidence, ate 80% processed foods, felt foggy, lethargic – and pissed off that I just couldn’t get my life where I wanted it to be, and super frustrated that I didn’t even know how to start.

Long story short – I came back to yoga when I was 70 pounds overweight, chronically depressed, and, not at all living the way I wanted to be.Headshot

Yoga helped me save my life. That over there is me today… I’ve been on this journey since 2009. I want to show you how easy it is to get from where you are, to where you want to be, what can work for you, how easy it can be, and how to deal with the times when you get in ruts, when you talk yourself out of exercise, when you MUST HAVE THE CHOCOLATE… ALL THE CHOCOLATE…

I have a fiery passion for showing people how amazing they are, and how awesome it is to own who you are, live from an empowered center, and rock life out.

I offer help, support, empowerment, and bad-assery daily online – come hang out with me!

This is my YouTube Channel…
This is my Facebook Page – Friend Me!
I write for Coatesville DOES – stay in the know for all things Coatesville.
Find me on Pinterest – I bet we have a lot in common!
I’m on Google+ too!
I dabble with Instagram – if you’re out there, let’s connect!

You’ll also find a variety of Blended Yoga videos here on the site and over at Vimeo. Be warned – this is me, in my home office, my kitchen, my backyard, or sometimes in the space where I teach… these are nothing formal – it’s usually just what I’m inspired to teach in the moment… sometimes my awesome Schnauzer, Rex, the husband, or my daughter, Maddie even make an appearance. I really hope these videos help you in some way – regardless of the setting, or who walks into the shot :)

My Credentials (the official stuff…)

I completed my 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training with the YogaLife Institute in Devon, PA.

I’m passionate about anatomy and the brain/body connection, and how what we do in our body affects our emotional and mental state. As a result, I study with Tom Myers, and Leslie Kaminoff.

I studied Vinyasa Yoga with Sadie Nardini for 2 years, and I’m a Core Strength Vinyasa Yoga teacher.

I’m excited to be in 5 episodes of Sadie’s TV Show, Rock Your Yoga, on the Veria Living Network. You really have to check out the show (not just for me ;) ). It’s some great yoga!

I’m a Yin Yoga Teacher – Thank you Corina Benner of Wake Up Yoga for the most fantastic, informative, amazing Yin Teacher Training.

To see what clients and class participants have to say about my work and my classes, click here.

My personal journey through depression…

This is me. That was in 2008. I was 70 pounds overweight. But, worse than that, I was chronically depressed and didn’t know it.

Yeah, I’m smiling in that picture, but that was just because I was pretending to be happy for the outside world. Really, I had the worst self-esteem in the world, my professional life was not at all what I wanted it to be, and that took a huge toll on me, and was the source of my depression.

I would have MASSIVE melt-downs a couple of times a week – after screaming, crying, and yelling out to an empty house about why I couldn’t make something of myself, I would be reduced to a sobbing puddle on my living room floor.

Most of the time, I was checked out… not present… my mind was always – ALWAYS – churning and turning about what I wanted to do, why I wasn’t successful, why was this so hard for me, what should I do next… I would get unbelievably frustrated because I just could not figure out how the hell to turn things around… I knew something had to change – but I had no idea what.

Through a fluke of a conversation with a good friend  (who also happens to be a Psychologist), I discovered I was suffering from chronic depression.

That diagnosis scared me. Depression runs in my family. I saw what it did to my grandmother. I see what it does and did to other family members. I did NOT want to actually be chronically depressed.

My friend told me flat out to get back to my yoga practice. So I did.

I was scared to death. My body was heavy, weak, and out of shape. But, I was determined to work through this.

So, I just started. Simple as that. 

I sat down with my schedule and figured out that 30 minutes of Yoga, 3 times per week was all I could commit to – but I did commit to it.

What do you know – 6 Weeks later, I felt… better.

I’ll never forget it. I got out of bed one morning and noticed my pants were looser – not by a whole lot – but enough to notice. And, – I felt  different. I felt better. I noticed my mood improving, my haze clearing, and remembering what I wanted my life to be.

These first (albeit subtle) changes, inspired me to make more changes.

I started eating better – nothing drastic, just one step at a time… I started adding more movement into my week – again – nothing drastic… just one step at a time.

I’ve spent the last 5(ish) years figuring out what works for me – what makes me feel good, what is in alignment with who I am…

It’s a daily process… a non-linear journey. But, at this point, I’m loving it… I remember who I was when I was depressed… and I’m in touch with who I AM… and I want everyone to have that ability to reconnect and align with who they are… it just creates such a fantastic life, ya know?

I, of course love yoga – my personal practice includes Vinyasa, Yin, and Super Adventure-types of Yoga. Plus I also love to trail run and a good, sweaty Kettlebell or Tabata workout…

Life is more than just yoga… (right?!?)

Here’s some fun facts – we probably have some things in common!

– I’m married since 1999 to a fabulous guy – Drew (a.k.a the husband…).
– I have a 12 Year old daughter. She’s an Irish Dancer, a singer, and an amazing baker.
– I trail run, hike, bike, canoe, kayak and I love camping – I need to get lost in the woods or the mountains regularly… that’s where I find sanctuary.
– I have the best Schnauzer in the world, Rex.
– My secret Dream Career is Rock Star… or stunt woman…
– I sew. Mostly because I’m too impatient to crochet – though I’d really LOVE to do that…

Your turn!

I would LOVE to hear more about you. Drop me a line and tell me a little about yourself, what inspired you to drop by, and any questions you might have. Seriously – inquiring minds want to know…