I love Yoga One and the amazing vibe/instructors this studio provides! Jensen is so healing, 10/10 recommend.
It is a unique path that led me to a love of yoga. I fell in love with movement as a child when I found dance. It was the perfect way to tell a story with my body, and from my heart. I was very in tune with the hardships and suffering of those around me, and looking for a way to release some of the hurt. I often used the movement to help heal my emotional pain, find catharsis or to advocate for others. It is through this beautiful relationship with creative arts that I started to understand the connection of mind, body, spirit and community. As a dance teacher and choreographer for over 15 years, I used the physical practice as a vehicle to encourage others to express themselves, learn to be aware of their bodies, restore their hurt and find their voice.
Committed to supporting humans as they work through challenges, I decided to embark on a new journey. I earned a Masters in Counseling in 2010 and have been working as a counselor ever since. I always enjoyed yoga as a fitness regimen and compliment to dance or CrossFit, but I found myself in desperate need of self-care and spiritual growth after years supporting others through their traumas. Going through a 200-hour yoga teacher certification training changed my life. I learned to use breath and meditation to change the narrative in my mind, to work through discomfort and to grow beyond my perceived limitations. In addition, I was inspired to help others create their own practice of self-love and compassion with the goal of affecting the larger community.
I gained so much from deepening my yoga practice that I made it my intention, my sankalpa, to teach yoga in an environment in which I can help to create access to yoga and its life enhancing qualities for people of all abilities, body types, backgrounds and cultures. I come to yoga with a social justice lens and my hope is to encourage others to find their own healing and joy, and to stimulate improvement in their physical, mental, and social well-being.