Jennie Lee is a Yoga Therapist/ Life Coach and international Yoga/ Meditation Retreat Leader. She lives on the island of Oahu, Hawai’i.
Years ago, I was on a weekend retreat with a fabulous therapist in New Hampshire. (Irene Tomkinson from Pathways) She asked each participant to take 5 minutes to tell their “story” – why we were there, something about our lives, what challenges we were facing. When my turn came, I reflected for a moment and then burst out, “I am so SICK of MY STORY, I never want to tell it again! I am sick of it defining me and I am sick of it holding me back from living the life I want to live.”
With a knowing smile, Irene said, “Well then – tell us a new one.”
That moment changed my life because I realized deep in my being that I COULD change my story – just like that! So I did. I told the story I wanted to live and over the past 11 years I have created it.
This is what I offer you. The tools to make life altering choices, the assurance that it can be done, and the guidance to not do it alone.
My method of coaching/therapy is not “traditional” and I don’t base my counsel on the latest trends. It is based on over 20 years of study of the 5,000 year old science of happiness – Yoga. Through the complete teachings of this ancient practice, I can get you to deep awareness about your story AND I can help you move beyond it to the experience of life as so much more!
In a few paragraphs I will indulge those of you who need the who, what, when, where and why’s of my life, training and background. But before I do, let me ask you one thing? Are you going to hire a coach, therapist, or teacher because they have a degree from such-and-such University, or x-number of years in practice? Or are you going to make a calculated assessment of their qualifications based on their real time experience LIVING the stuff they are counseling and teaching? I know my answer, and I want to work with the people who have the same one.
I am not the right coach or teacher for everyone. If you need fancy initials after my name or a celebrity endorsement then move on. But if you are 100% ready to make the inevitably-challenging-yet-always-rewarding positive change that you’ve been thinking about and/or talking about for years – then let’s go. There is no time to waste. Life is moving past you at lightening speed. I am here, ready, willing, 100% committed to the process with you and will never give up until we get you where you want to go!
If you still need convincing that the teachings of Yoga have anything to offer you beyond tight abs and a cute butt, well just Google it. Benefits of Yoga & Meditation. It hasn’t been around for 5000 years for no reason!
I have walked the path you are now considering. The most important thing you need to know is that I am a steadfast, compassionate, authentic, responsive and challenging guide. I will go with you as far as you want to go on the journey of self-exploration, Self-awareness, and life transformation. I provide a safe space in which you can heal and grow. From there your soul will do the rest.
Here are just some of the things Yoga has helped me overcome:
- Deaths & Losses of my daughter, father, marriage, & friendships
- Depression, anxiety, stress, fear, hopelessness
- Moves across country, changing communities, leaving family
- Health issues
- Relationship pain and change
If all of this is feeling ‘right’ to you, give me a call now for a free consultation. 978-771-4000
If You were Waiting for the Whos Whats and Wheres – Here You Go
I was introduced to Yoga about 17 years ago and knew from the first class I took (Bryan Kest Power Yoga, LA) that it would be part of my life forever. At first, I was captivated by the physical benefits of Yoga – how my body felt after the wonderful stretches and strengthening postures. I actually began to feel at home in my physical self for the first time ever!
Hundreds of diverse Yoga classes later, I was pregnant with my first child. Stressed by the changes of pregnancy, I toned down the physical practice and started studying with a teacher who focused on Pranayama. Pranayama is life energy control. I started to understand how my emotions and thoughts were in fact controllable with the correct techniques and discipline.
When My Yoga Became Yoga Therapy
Fast forward three years. I lost my second child at birth, was facing divorce, living in an unfamiliar region of the country without friends, needing income ASAP while trying to be present for my young son. I had nowhere to go except to my practice. I opened a small studio in Newburyport, MA called Stillness in Motion Yoga & Wellness in 2002 and almost from the get-go I realized that every one of my students, whether they knew it or not, had come for more than just tight abs and loose hamstrings. In the intimate moments of practice, I could see that everyone was craving a deeper understanding of their experience, their purpose, and the meaning behind this whole crazy life.
So I began combining techniques I had learned in my Master’s work in Spiritual Psychology and Certification in Somatic Therapy with the daily practices taught in the Yoga Sutras. I called this hybrid process Yoga Therapy. Turns out I wasn’t the only one who had discovered this beautiful synergy. Six months later I discovered the International Association of Yoga Therapists! A whole family I didn’t even know existed and a specialization I was not alone in appreciating.
Over 7, 000 Teaching Hours
Thirteen years later, I am incredibly blessed to have shared the healing benefits of Yoga Therapy with hundreds of clients. I feel compassion for each person that sits with me, willing to share their struggles and available to do the work to rise above. Having gone through extensive loss and life change myself, I get it! Life can be difficult AND I know that Yoga holds the keys to the happiness we all seek. We can get through it all and live in JOY.
A Few Things from the Resume
If you have read this far, you have a sense of the teacher I am. If what I write resonates, that is a much better indication that I would be a good coach for you than any ‘credentials.’ But just for kicks, here are a few bullet points.
· Over 20 years experience in Yoga Philosophy & Practice, Meditation Studies & Self Development
· Certified in Process Therapy (aka Hakomi Method, Somatic Therapy or Body Centered Psychotherapy)
· Master’s Degree Candidate in Spiritual Psychology
· International Yoga Retreat Planner/ Facilitator (9 years running)
· Workshop Developer/Presenter:
o Yoga of Love & Devotion, Gratitude Yoga, Yoga Philosophy and Imagination, Yoga of Conscious Trust, Implementing Conscious Change, Sri Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras: the 8 Limbs of Yoga, The 10 Components of Wellness, Your Steps to Consciousness, Authenticity and Wellness, Conquering Fear, Chakra Clearing, and Opening to More Joy
· Corporate Presenter on Yoga’s Benefits & Practices at meetings and management retreats
· Published writer:
o Yoga Therapy Today Magazine, Common Ground Magazine, My Yoga Online, Conscious Moms Online, Living the Truth and Yoga Finder websites
o Heart Centered Parenting & a new Yoga related book in process
o International Association of Yoga Therapists
o National Association of Professional Women
o Social Wahines Hawai’i
o Trinity Properties Concierge Services
o Ohana Beach Rentals Hawaii Partner
To Wrap It All Up
Follow your gut. Your wisdom lies within. I am here to help you access, trust and live it. It certainly doesn’t hurt to call for a free consultation. 978-771-4000. I look forward to sharing the joy of Yoga with you soon.
Aloha and Blessings,