Suffering certainly is a part of human life, however we are NOT meant to stay in it forever. The ancient teachings of Yoga enabled me to overcome a lot of stress, loss, and adversity. This is why I teach and write from this model for living. Over the past 20 years, I have tried to embody ‘True Yoga,’ and my first book (which holds this title) was crafted to help others do the same. After practicing the yoga teachings personally, and sharing them with hundreds of clients, I wholeheartedly believe we can live in joy and peace.
But let’s back up… Years ago my life was anything but joyful. I had a rocky marriage, a colicky baby, an unstable career, and I was battling depression. To make sense of it all, I started studying Spiritual Psychology and began practicing physical yoga and then yoga philosophy. Eventually I developed a practice of Yoga Therapy, combining the best of my Spiritual Psychology training with the centuries old wisdom of the classical yogic teachings. Each day I get to help people, as teacher/coach/cheerleader/spiritual mentor, to find the practices they need to live a life of love, beauty, peace and joy!
Fundamental to yoga is the discovery of true self. I am a wife, mom, friend, writer, teacher, student, meditator, surfer, and hiker. But I am also love, light, energy, laughter, joy, breath, spirit, stillness and so much more.
Purpose matters. For me, it’s practicing love at full capacity, serving in the best ways I can, and continuously striving to evolve.
I know that we are one big human family in this crazy journey of life together. I know that change is not easy for anyone, but that when we are really ready, it can happen in an instant. Most importantly, I know that we find joy when we act only, and always, from Love.
My deepest commitment is to spiritual growth, my marriage, and parenting – which to me are all one in the same. They are the journey of awakening, the challenge of compassion, and the path of pure devotion.
If you are, I will be a great coach, fearlessly honest and gently challenging. You can expect inspiration to move toward greater levels of authenticity, resilience, and compassion, all with a spiritual focus for your optimal integration and wellbeing.
Together we will build on your strengths and overcome your weaknesses. I will help you release any patterns, habits or beliefs that are keep you from full capacity living. I promise, you can heal the pain of the past, cope with the stress of today, and launch into a new level of loving life!
My approach to coaching is non-conventional and multidimensional, grounded in mind-body and spiritual practices. If personal transformation is your goal, I will provide practical tools, a lot of encouragement, and of course a soft shoulder.
If you don’t know the answer, let’s discover it together. I will hold the space for you to remember your divine essence and its reason for being. You are here for big things, much love, and a lot of joy!
Yoga meditation is my spiritual practice. I try never to miss a day. This time focused on silent attunement to God keeps me connected to my highest Self. I call it ‘my appointment with Love.’
I practice all forms of hatha yoga – Vinyasa, Kundalini, Yin, Restorative and so much more. My favorites are balances! I do them on the cliffs in Hawaii. (It makes my husband very nervous.)
When I am not coaching or writing, you will find me on a wave. I grew up in Southern California playing Beach Boys music, but I was in my 40’s before I tried surfing myself. I wish I hadn’t waited so long! ?
My spiritual teacher is Paramahansa Yogananda. He wrote the classic Autobiography of a Yogi. If you haven’t read it, you must! It changed my life and instilled in me the understanding and love for meditation. His wisdom guides me daily.
Additionally I have been blessed to study with Amma (Mata Amritanandamayi), Nischala Joy Devi, Joseph LePage, Richard Freeman, Gary Kraftsow, Rama Jyoti Vernon, Richard Miller, Bryan Kest, Baron Baptiste, Beryl Bender Birch, Amy Weintraub, Neil Pearson, Krishna Das, Shakti Gawain, Anodea Judith, Sat Bir Khalsa, Antonio Sausys, Laura Kupperman, Erich Schiffman, Mukunda Stiles, Marc Halpern, Maria Mendola, Durga Leela, and Max Strom.
“Jennie is one of those rare authentic people who practices what she teaches. She has done her own work and is not afraid of the tough stuff.”
“Jennie is easy to trust. Her strength and reliability is seen in her eyes.”
“Jennie is integrity personified. There is nothing I would ever hesitate to entrust to her.”
“I trust Jennie because she says what she means and always has my highest good at heart.”
“I trust Jennie because she is one of those rare authentic people who practices what she teaches. She is matter-of-fact and unshakable. I can tell her anything and it is received without judgement, just with an open heart. She is able to hold space for me even in my darkest moments.”