Meet Jen. Mom, teacher, dog lover, goof ball, friend. Jen grew up as a dancer and swimmer and was always active, spending lots of time outdoors. She attended The Pennsylvania State University, graduated in 1995 and has called Raleigh home ever since.
Jen became a mom in 2003, the same year her mother was diagnosed with stage 3-C ovarian cancer. She had been taking yoga classes here and there, but found refuge and peace in the practice as she juggled taking care of her sick mother and nursing and caring for her newborn daughter. By 2005, Jen was practicing normally with her second daughter in her belly and was fully in love with yoga. When her daughters Sofia and Eliana were 3 and 5 years old, she began looking for kids yoga classes for them and came up empty. So she decided to become a teacher herself. She is a registered children's yoga teacher (RCYT) and completed trainings with Karma Kids in NYC, YogaKids and Mini Yogis. She found a loving and open studio owner, Carson Efird, who gave her the chance to begin teaching kids, which continues to thrive today.
In 2008, she was so inspired by the teaching of Carson Efird, that she became a Registered Yoga Teacher in Carson's program, which is now a Prana Flow Yoga Affiliate Program through Shiva Rea's Samudra Global Living Yoga School.
Jen continues her training as she is working on her 500 hour training with Shiva Rea. Jen is also faculty in Prana Flow Teacher Training Program at Evolve Movement in Raleigh, NC.
Jen currently teaches at Blue Lotus and Gratitude Hot Yoga in Raleigh, as well as her home and also takes private clients in her home. She is available for private instruction for kids and adults alike. She also loves doing yoga birthday parties. All ages, of course!