Jenna has quickly become one of Buddhi Yoga’s most popular teachers and it’s easy to see why. Her passion for yoga and permanent smile makes her students want to keep coming back class after class. As a yoga teacher Jenna is always striving to improve her classes, but she also spends a lot of time developing her personal practice by taking workshops, exploring different teachers and embodying the lifestyle. We got her to answer a few questions for us so read on and be sure to catch her next event.
My mom brought me to my first yoga class right out of high school. I was immediately drawn to the physical practice, being that I spent my childhood tumbling and competing as a springboard diver. I loved the freedom of expression through asana and of course playing with handstands and arm balances. It was a natural transition for me. I still love the physical aspect of yoga, but it has become such a way of life. Yoga gives me this sense of comfort. It’s a place I can return to over and over again and really be able to get quiet to gain understanding of what’s going on internally. It’s given me a way to navigate my emotions, relationships to others, and just let go of stress and negativity.
Grab a friend and just try it. Everything is always better if you go with a friend. What is there to lose? Nothing! You might just love it. There is this common misconception that you have to be really flexible or strong to practice yoga. Yoga is for EVERYBODY! It’s just about breathing and being present with your body. If you can breathe, you can do yoga!
I honestly don’t have just one yoga teacher or inspiration. All of my mentors are amazing and I pick up something every time I take one of their classes, workshops or trainings.
I can not express the amount of gratitude that I have for being able to learn from such a diverse group of mentors.
This practice more than anything is about becoming aware. When we can get quiet enough to focus on the breath and sensations in the body, we become in tune with our emotions, thoughts and needs. The more you practice this on your mat it is easier to translate into everyday life. We are so overloaded in today’s society with technology and external stimuli, that we often overlook feelings and emotions. It’s easy to distract ourselves. I always add an aspect of mindfulness into my vinyasa classes. The goal is to empower my students to really listen. Everyday, every moment, is fresh and new, we have never experienced it before. Yoga forces us to be present in each moment, allowing us make informed decisions for our bodies in each pose. When this practice is taken off the mat, we are better equipped to deal with stressful situations, relationships, and whatever life throws at us. We see things a bit more clearly.
Ego says: Once everything falls into place, I’ll feel peace
Spirit says: Find your peace and then everything will fall into place
My least favorite pose is probably Ustrasana, Camel pose. I have a sensitive low back and neck, so this pose challenges me lately. My body doesn’t want to bend like it used to. I am learning to slowly love back bending again. Handstands are my favorite pose.
Ever since I was a small child I have had this love of being upside down. I spent a ton of time hanging upside down off my bed, couch, monkey bars, you name it. I would even watch tv upside down. My sister and I would have contests, seeing who could walk further on our hands. As an adult, I probably do at least 20 handstands a day. When I find my body in perfect handstand alignment, I feel weightless, like I could just suspend forever. It’s such a great feeling.
Check the events page to sign up for the next workshop with Jenna at the end of July and be sure to check out her classes. We love her!