What I love about Jenny’s teaching style is the contradiction it sustains.
She recognizes the thinking skeptical mind as the most susceptible entry point. She begins by engaging your ever-rationalizing Cartesian brain, (the one that talks you out of coming to yoga class at some ungodly hour,) explaining the scientific and medical value of the practice. It all makes terrific sense and you’re in.
Jenny is a master and anyone lucky enough to add themselves to the ranks of her dynamic student body is fortunate beyond measure and should be hungry and prepared for interior and exterior transformation of the most profound order. -Elizabeth Lazar
Now: I believe that obstacles aren't in our way, they are the way.
I am the Wellness Advisor at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management and trained under Harvard neuroscientist, Dr. Srini Pillay. In my work, I integrate the ancient tools of yoga, meditation, and ritual with the modern science of neurocoaching to help my students unlock their inner wisdom, connect with their instincts, and overcome their limiting fears.
I teach Yin Yoga, Kundalini Yoga, Hatha Yoga, Pranayama, and meditation at studios around the Chicago area. I also chair the board of a circus and performing arts school, performing as an aerialist there as well.
I have been featured publications including US News & World Report, Chicago Tribune, Shape, and Chicago Magazine to name a few. My first book, The Kundalini Yoga Posture Manual: A Comprehensive Guide to Teaching and Practicing the Postures, is launching this summer!
Before: I smoked, did drugs recreationally, drank beyond my limit, was paralyzed with clinical depression, and imprisoned by anorexia and bulimia. More than a decade of these symptoms left my body, mind, and spirit extremely unwell.
This unhealthy “lifestyle” began to shift soon after I began taking a regular yoga class in 2004. I’ll never forget when my dear friend, Liz Lazar, commented that I was glowing and I told her I started to practice yoga once or twice a week. She then told me one thing she learned while living in an Ashram in the early 2000s. Her swami told her, ‘You can’t quit a bad habit. You have to bring something more compelling into your life, and the habit will just fall away.’ I realized in that moment that was precisely what was happening, and it’s a concept I revisit in my teaching consistently.
The transformation didn’t happen overnight, and I’m still a work in progress, but I found that “more compelling” thing that allowed healing to begin. A combination of somatic therapy, yoga asana, meditation, and Kundalini Yoga, has given me the ability to process past trauma, forgive, and heal.
"Her classes are consistently some of the best yoga classes I've ever taken and that includes classes from private yoga studios. Jenny regularly incorporates wellness and mindfulness into her yoga classes so I always leave feeling stronger in both the body and the soul."
- student at Northwestern University
"I've had many good yoga teachers, but I especially love Jenny's classes. She has the gift of being able to present the overall picture, the philosophical background, while focusing on the details of posture and giving personal attention to each of her students. Heartily recommended." -Jamie Evans
"Jenny works equally well with beginners and advanced students and is quick to offer modifications if a certain pose isn't working. After one of her classes I feel strong but limber, energized but relaxed, and reminded to move through life with intention. "
“What I love about Jenny’s teaching style is the contradiction it sustains. She recognizes the thinking skeptical mind as the most susceptible entry point. She begins by engaging your ever-rationalizing Cartesian brain, (the one that talks you out of coming to yoga class at some ungodly hour,) explaining the scientific and medical value of the pose or the exercise. It all makes terrific sense and you’re in.
But then the magic. Once knee deep in the asana or the breathing, when you are sweating and reevaluating previously held notions that you’re in pretty decent shape for your age and since when was breathing such a workout; you realize you’ve been tricked. And the whole thing is a ruse to open the heart space, the sweet gooey center where unlimited potential is unleashed as an accidental byproduct of the whole stinking ordeal.
Jenny is a master and anyone lucky enough to add themselves to the ranks of her dynamic student body is fortunate beyond measure and should be hungry and prepared for interior and exterior transformation of the most profound order.” -Elizabeth Lazar
“I was apprehensive to even start classes being a runner, with only intermediate experience in yoga, and having no aspiration to connect with the spiritual-side of yoga. I couldn’t be more grateful that I got over my initial concerns and tried it out. Jenny is an adaptive, welcoming, and immensely thoughtful teacher. Within a surprisingly short amount of time she is capable of challenging your body and mind through her yoga instruction. She is incredibly talented at strengthening both body and mind while taking into consideration the different strength-levels and audiences she is teaching. I cannot say I share the same belief system that yoga draws into, that doesn’t matter in Jenny’s classes. She caters to all walks of life and has an incredible ability to positively change the way I think about things, especially difficult work and life situations. She’s polished, relevant, and knowledgeable”. - Beth Joyce