Saturday morning class with Emily was just what I needed to start the weekend. Emphasis on breath and stretching felt so good. Thank you, Purple Blossom!
Jennifer, a Pisces, considers herself a “Palessippian” as she has roots in Palestine and Mississippi. She spent her childhood across the South before moving to New Jersey then Illinois for school, and she has spent nearly the last 20 years split between Washington, DC and countries across the Middle East and North Africa. She chose to move to North Carolina in 2019.
Jennifer is a career foreign policy and global development specialist, focused on economic growth, tech innovation, national security, and the Middle East/North Africa. She currently runs her own consultancy - Inara Strategies LLC - and is writing a memoir (working title) “Waves of One Sea”.
The water and the mountains are where Jennifer feels most at home, and together they remind her of her family home in Haifa. Since moving to North Carolina, she has spent as much time as possible hiking and exploring the eastern coast and the Blue Ridge Mountains. At home and under the supervision of cats Za'atar & Baloo, Jennifer enjoys cooking up a storm - learning new recipes, baking as healthily as possible, and making more of her family's traditional Palestinian/Lebanese cuisine.
Jennifer began her yoga practice in graduate school in DC, but really launched into a regular practice upon returning to DC from Egypt. Seeking healthier life habits amid a grueling work schedule, she aimed to create greater mind-body-spirit balance, which she found at Flow Yoga Center, initially through a Jivamukti practice that felt like “yoga church”. Her experience there inspired her to deepen her practice, going on to work at the studio and later obtain her yoga teacher certification.
She received her 200 Hour Registered Yoga Teacher Certification through Flow Yoga Center. Her vinyasa (flow) and hatha classes are influenced by Jivamukti, prana flow, and (occasionally) power yoga.
Jennifer has completed specialized training on teaching yoga to trauma-affected communities with Hala Khouri, the co-founder of Off the Mat Into the World - bridging the tools of yoga with sustainable, conscious activism. She also holds a Yin Yoga teaching certificate (20 hr) from Sky House Yoga in Maryland. Jennifer feels blessed to have had the opportunity to train with amazing teachers around the world and is especially inspired by her time spent with Yogeswari, Shiva Rea, Kathryn Budig, Hala Khouri, and Mira Shani.
Jennifer is excited to connect with the Greenville, NC community, and share the space that was awakened in her heart, mind, and body as well as the practice of non-judgemental living in the present moment that was so transformative for her.