I wrote this mission statement/prayer over 23 years ago, before I began coaching and before I had written 3 books. It is still what I strive for daily. I have lived through many difficult times – a lot of loss, grief and depression, and learned a lot through suffering. But I don’t believe that we are defined by our suffering – quite the opposite. I believe we are defined by how we rise above it. The ancient teachings of Yoga enabled me to do this, and to remember my true Self as Joy and Love. I believe we all share this longing to remember who we are and how we can live in Love, and I am here to help you do that!
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 no sense of purpose. To make sense of it all and to try to find meaning, I started studying spiritual psychology and yoga philosophy. Eventually, I developed a coaching practice, combining the best of my spiritual psychology training with the centuries old wisdom of the classical yoga teachings. This is the basis of my Yoga Therapy and Spiritual Mentoring through which I strive to help others find hope, faith and love.
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.
Practicing love at full capacity, serving in the best ways I can, and continuously striving to evolve spiritually.
I know we are one big human family in this crazy journey of life together. I know change is not easy for anyone, but 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.”