You know what time it is! Just two more instructors left for our Instructor Spotlight of the Week and that will wrap up our introductions to our family over here at Inspire Yoga Colleyville! This week we have an instructor who started off teaching the very first class at Inspire Yoga Grapevine and is also the woman behind the scenes as the studio director of our Colleyville location…
Jennifer has been teaching yoga since 2013 and has been a part of Inspire Yoga Colleyville since its conception! Jennifer is on the schedule here at Colleyville three times a week but you will see her movin’ and groovin’ alongside you in the studio throughout the week, too!
Sign up for her 9 am Inspire on Mondays or make sure to catch a class or two with her on the weekend- Saturdays at 9:30 am and Sundays at 9:30 am. She knows how to bring the heat! Stay tuned below to learn a little bit about Jennifer’s yoga background.
So, Jennifer, tell us a little bit about your background with yoga.
I lived in Thailand as an English teacher right out of college in 2013. It was such a happy time except it wasn’t a common sight in my tiny village to go on runs as I was always a long-distance runner in my earlier years. So, I bought a super cheap mat on a weekend trip to Bangkok and started following along in my tiny apartment to YouTube videos, mostly Yoga With Adriene, duh! I came back to Austin for the summer before moving to Saudi Arabia and fell truly in love with the practice at Wanderlust in downtown Austin. When I moved to Saudi, I actually randomly found an American woman named Sarah Bohairy teaching a 200 hour program through Noah Maze in the attic of her home just two weeks after I arrived! I had no intention of teaching. I just wanted somewhere safe + consistent to practice and get better. But once the yoga bug bites… I completed my 300 hour RYT training in Nicaragua through intensive 40 days with Meghan Currie in 2016 and have been teaching practically non-stop ever since!
That’s awesome! Sounds like you’ve been to a ton of places. What made you want to become a yoga instructor?
I never was set on becoming an instructor. Even after 500 hours of training, that wasn’t really on my mind. I just wanted to get strong and gain an awareness of my body! The yoga teaching happened really organically and before I knew it, I was doing it full-time and sustaining a living from it. But what keeps me coming back to teach every week is because I love to see the joy, smiles, and soft faces on my students. To know I can be of service to brighten someone’s day, to give them a mirror to look back at the preciousness in them, while also to have fun and explore challenging things, it’s simply the BEST!
What does your personal yoga practice mean to you?
I have no better way to put it than to say everything else falls away when I’m on my mat. There is no traffic, no stress, no places to go and no hats to wear. It gives me a path of epic curiosity of my body and mind. Of where I could soften a bit more and where I could use some strengthening. When I practice, there is no duality. Nothing is good and nothing is bad, nothing is right and nothing is wrong, it is all just an investigation into the matters of the heart. I get onto my mat and out of my head and I get to look into a mirror of someone who is love, who is loved, who is human and precious and worth it.
Beautifully put! What are some small things that make your day better?
Slow coffee mornings with my partner are so important to me. I also LIVE for being outside. Give me a bench, a warm cup of coffee, and a decent view to look at and I’m in heaven. Getting out on the water, enjoying live music (was that a thing once?) and spending quality time with my family is the best. I’m an animal lover as well and before my dog passed away, I loved to hit the trails with her by my side.
Favorite quote to live by?
Oh, that’s easy! “I now see how owning our story and loving ourselves through that process is the bravest thing that we will ever do.” — Brene Brown
Thanks so much Jennifer for chatting with us! See Jennifer in the studio and give her an elbow or say hello! Also catch Jennifer once again every Monday for an Inspire flow at 9 am, or get your sweat sesh on during the weekends with both Saturday and Sunday Inspire flows at 9:30 am as well as give her a follow on IG @yogawithjennn.