Jennifer Willms

Jennifer Willms Yoga

My interest and study of movement and mind/body integration really began with dedicated study of dance throughout my childhood. Upon graduation from the University of Waterloo with an honors degree in dance and kinesiology, with a minor in psychology, I pursued a career teaching modern dance and ballet to all ages. Over time that work and my love of dance led to expanding my career in the performing arts, working for the National Ballet of Canada, and I received an MBA from the University of Western Ontario in 1990. For many years I worked as a development professional for the National Ballet of Canada, the Canadian Opera Company, the Shaw Festival Theatre, and then Boston Ballet. After taking a hiatus from my career to raise a family I found my way back to nurturing my mind and body, finding the practices of yoga and pilates at the Balance Studio in Cohasset.

After years of dedicated personal practice I completed a 200 hour teacher training with Marianne Wells in Costa Rica, and began to teach in Cohasset for Balance Studio, and privately in my home studio— During that time I continued my education as a teacher and student of yoga, attending conferences, workshops and intensive seminars locally and around the world, including studies with Ty and Sarah Powers (yoga, mindfulness and meditation), David Nichtern (meditation), and Leslie Kaminoff (anatomy).

I am currently enrolled in an additional 500 hour training with the Insight Yoga Institute, whose concentration offers further training and integration of yoga, meditation and mindfulness practices.

I continue to be inspired by the transforming benefits of the yoga practice, as witnessed in the progress of my students, the work of my fellow teachers, and through the leadership and guidance of my personal mentors.