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HERE WE ARE
Thank you for connecting to my virtual home.
My name is Jen and I am here to show you why living your life well is the best choice for you to make, today, tomorrow and everyday.
I am an Experienced Yoga Alliance Certified 500 Hour Level Yoga Teacher, Reiki Master Healer and Ayurvedic Consultant.
What is living your life well?
I think it is choosing presence, creating connections, learning, laughing, and lovingly accepting the sequential moments that join together to create your life timeline.
Utilizing years of education, experience and practice within the traditions of Yoga, Meditation, Reiki & Ayurveda, my mission is to encourage others tap into their natural state of inner peace and courage through self-care, self-empowerment and self-acceptance. I believe firmly in the power of the mind body connection and offer you the keys to fully embrace life’s possibilities in order to live well and thrive.
Clear out the clutter that holds you up or weighs you down. There is nothing more liberating than upgrading your life to YOUR vital and healthy version.
MY BIO – LONG VERSION
Made in New York, based in Tuscany. How did I get here?
Let’s start with the wellness side of things. I was galvanized by the physical aspects of yoga in 2001 after realizing that I suffered PTSD from witnessing September 11 in New York City. After that world-altering day, I became depressed, anxious and numb.
I threw myself into my work as a designer in the fashion industry and tried many avenues to feel better and heal or, simply ignore the core issues I was facing. My answer randomly came one day when I stepped onto a yoga mat. For the first time I could remember in long time, I could find space between my thoughts. I then started to feel the space with my breath and my body. I grew stronger, physically, emotionally and mentally when I started to understand that I had covered up my happiness with fear and doubt. Through gently unraveling and polishing my body and mind, I began the healing process that changed me forever.
I became committed to living more well and learning how to do so. Yoga Studios, Ashrams, Retreat Centers, and especially, my own living room floor in Brooklyn, all became my laboratories for self-exploration.
Without a doubt, it was my yoga practice that propelled me towards significant personal transformation and devotion. I found a deeper curiosity and happiness that continues to inspire my evolution today.
Fast forward a few years ahead, I had the fortune to leap into owning a yoga studio in downtown Manhattan while I slowly shed my fast-paced fashion career. This decision complemented my studies in my first teacher training and the studio became a haven to experiment amongst various styles and expressions. I will always hold those moments, partners and students as very special and significant. The experience itself has been one of my greatest teachers.
Shortly after closing the studio in 2010 in surrender to the continuing economic crisis, I relocated to the Himalayas in India to continue my advanced yoga studies and complete my Reiki Master certification.
As both a teacher and student, I create a practice that invites space for profound body and mind awareness both on and off the mat. My goals are to teach and lead individuals to meet and listen to their unique inner teacher while learning to honor and trust those deeper feelings…the ones that allow us to create, transform, evolve and grow.
My work has been featured in Mantra Magazine, Origin Magazine, OM Yoga, and I am a contributor to the Yoganonymous/Wanderlust and Elephant Journal online resources.
I teach and study within the lineage of Krishnamacharya, and have completed several teacher trainings in Classical, Restorative/Therapeutic Yoga, Prenatal, Anatomy, Breathing, Meditation and Reiki which span a handful of cities in the United States and India.
Along with offering 200/300 Hour Yoga Alliance Certified Trainings and Continuing Education Programs, I am also the head of faculty at the Yi-Yuan International School of Yoga in Beijing, China.
My roots were planted and grown in New York City, and I have bloomed into a European lifestyle in Tuscany, from which half of my heritage originates.
I work with clients and students in my hometown of Florence [Firenze], Lucca, Pisa, Versilia and travel throughout Italy and the world to teach, train, share, heal, and empower others.
My passion for wellness encompasses a holistic healing and lifestyle approach that I love to share with both students and teachers alike.
I work with beginners, intermediates, well-seasoned yogis, professional and aspiring athletes from all backgrounds, those recovering from injuries, and those who are navigating minor or severe illness along with people in recovery from addiction – and, everyone in between, yes: humans!
We are all healing, everyday, in our own way – whether from minor or major experiences.
My philosophy is that yoga is designed to offer an experience for anyone, and everyone – basically: the combination or individual practices of Yoga, Meditation, Ayurveda and Reiki will work for wherever you find yourself in life.
My teaching foundation is informed by many – including my fundamental teachers, to whom I am forever grateful: H.H. the Dalai Lama and Yogi Sivadas in India; Erich Schiffmann in California; Dr. David Frawley in New Mexico; Leslie Kaminoff, Jillian Pransky, and Carrie Parker-Gastelu, amongst all my other Big Apple influencers…notably, Sri Dharma Mittra and Elena Brower, all based in the NYC area.
Love and pranams to my students and fellow teachers, everywhere!
are you ready to create a new experience for yourself?
connection is why we are here