Hi! I’m Jen.
I am a creative and dynamic educator who makes yoga approachable and accessible for everyone, especially children. I am committed to a ‘whole person’ approach to teaching, taking into more than just a student’s surface behaviors and appearance. I am a licensed yoga teacher and registered through the Yoga Alliance, RYT-200. I have completed additional training with Kidding Around Yoga an I am a Kidding Around Yoga licensee. I am currently enrolled in a Yoga For All teacher-training program furthering my commitment that YOGA IS FOR EVERYBODY. I have a Master’s Degree in Social Work, and a 20-year history serving children and families in the mental health field.
My yoga journey began after the birth of my son in 2011. I was looking for an outlet to release stress & reconnect with my body. My journey practicing yoga has ebbed and flowed through the years; sometimes I practiced daily and sometimes not at all. As I struggled with self-limiting beliefs about body image, I began to use yoga to focus my attention on the mind-body connection; allowing me to be more comfortable with my true self. This led me to enroll in Breathe For Change, a yoga teacher training and social emotional wellness program for educators. It was a complex, beautiful and life-changing learning experience for me. Yoga has been shown to benefit children and teens in the following areas:
• Emotional Regulation
• Confidence & Self Image
• Calming & Stress Relief
Working with children and teens, helping them to develop self confidence, and planting the seeds to lead with compassion is my joy and life’s work. I am honored to share the beauty & power of yoga with you through my child, family, teen and adult yoga classes.
I offer BACKYARD yoga classes. I come to YOU! Gather a group of interested individuals and host the class in a nearby park or in your backyard.
Classes available are:
TODDLER and ME: Partner with your toddler as we wiggle like caterpillars, “moo” in cow pose and “row, row, row” while in boat pose. We will bend, stretch, sing and use our imagination. Our playful yoga class will help build strong connections, develop body awareness, enhance self-regulation skills, explore kindness and how to find our “calm”.
45 minute class: $20
Book a 4 class series and save 10%
Book an 8 class series and save 15%
YOGA and MINDFUL MOVEMENT: Fun and dynamic movement classes designed specifically for elementary, pre-teen OR teen-aged children. Yoga games, stories and music bring these classes to life.. Filled with yoga poses, mindfulness exercises and breath-work. Individuals will increase their body awareness, enhance listening skills, improve concentration and motor skills.
60 minute class: $20
90 minute class: $35 and include a mindfulness craft activity
Book a 4 week class series and save 10%
Book an 8 week class series and save 15%
YOGA FOR EVERYBODY: In our community Hatha yoga class you will develop a foundational knowledge of yoga postures (asana) and yoga practices. We will engage in asana at a gentle or comfortable pace. Pranayama (breath control), mindfulness and guided meditation are an important component in this class. We will use yoga props to assist with alignment and to make poses accessible for all.
60 minute class: $20
75 minute class: $25
FAMILY YOGA CLASSES: Have FUN with your family. These playful classes are designed to get your body moving, develop mindfulness skills and enhance communication skills.
60 minute class: $80
BIRTHDAY PARTIES: Give your yogi an awesome birthday party experience. Rates vary.
To learn more about how backyard classes work please drop me an email or give me a call. I’d love to chat with you and learn more about your needs.
Email: [email protected] or via telephone: 718-669-0214
CLASS FEES ARE NOT MEANT TO BE PROHIBITIVE. PLEASE EXPLORE WITH ME A REDUCTION IN THE CLASS FEE IF YOU FEEL IT IS FINANCIALLY NECESSARY.
I am warm and welcoming with a whole lot of “quirky” mixed in.
I love shoes, the color orange, traveling, baking, a really good burger, word games and all things New Orleans.
The smell of coffee and listening to the wind in the trees are my simplest pleasures.
Watching re-runs of Gilmore Girls is my guilty pleasure.
My dream dinner party guests include: Lucille Ball, Jimmy Carter, Mr. Rogers, Jim Henson, Nina Simone, Carol Burnett and Barack Obama.
I live in Ardsley, NY with my hubby and kiddo. They are both loving, fun, super smart, creative and fill my life with great joy.