Jen has been teaching alignment-based yoga for since 2009 and practicing since 2008. Jen was inspired by Bessel van der Kolk’s work with yoga for trauma survivors as well as by her teacher Chris Gordon (formerly certified Anusara teacher in Minnesota). She has also studied with Becca Roodhuyzen, Cindy Lusk, Jeanie Manchester, Christina Sell, Patrick Montgomery, David Emerson, and Jenn Turner. Jen graduated from her 200 hour teacher training in 2010 at the Yoga Center of Minneapolis. She completed her 100 hour Anusara Immersion in 2012 and her 100 hour certification in Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga in 2016, for which she is a facilitator and ambassador (TCTSY-F). She is an E-RYT200 and a Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider (YACEP). She obtained her MSW in 2005 and became a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in 2008. Jen is also an Acudetox Specialist (ADS), offering the NADA five-point ear acupuncture protocol to help with stress, anxiety, depression, insomnia, and addiction.
Jen teaches both asana classes and Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga (TCTSY) series. In her asana classes, Jen focuses on both inner and outer alignment, utilizing yoga to help us align ourselves more fully with who and how we want to be in the world. She enjoys using humor and creating a safe environment for self-study to enhance personal growth and healing. As an exercise enthusiast, she understands the needs of tighter bodies and creates a non-judgmental environment for all to practice (no yoga pretzels required!). Her classes are not heated and she plays traditional yoga music.
In her TCTSY closed small-group series, Jen offers opportunities to make choices about moving (or not moving) our bodies as well as opportunities to connect with corresponding feelings and sensations. The TCTSY protocol is an evidenced-based adjunctive treatment to psychotherapy developed by leading researchers in the fields of trauma and psychology. Ambient music is played in TCTSY classes and the room is not heated. No physical assists are offered and Jen remains on her mat to help bolster a sense of safety and personal choice.