Jennifer’s journey into her committed meditation practice began with long walks in the woods with her yellow lab Biscuit, followed by a deepening yoga practice, and then finding the contemplative practice of yin yoga specifically that encouraged tuning in to a deeper level of consciousness.
For the past 5 years Jennifer has studied and practiced with Sarah and Ty Powers, completing an additional 500 hour training with them in yin yoga and insight meditation last December. This summer she also completed a 30 hour Level II Insight Yoga Teacher Training Intensive: Mindfulness and the Inner Practices of Yin Yoga at Ishta Yoga in NYC. Most of Jennifer’s training is insight meditation – this includes mindfulness practices, and also explores the more spiritual realms of being influenced by traditional Buddhist teachings and dharma. These practices not only serve to reduce stress and anxiety, but they also encourage personal reflection and growth.
As a result of her training and practices, Jennifer offers private and group classes and workshops with an emphasis on mindfulness, gentle yoga, breath work and insight meditation in her home studio and at Balance Studio in Cohasset, as a guest at the Cancer Support Community in Pembroke, at the Cohasset Senior Center, and at the Center for Integrative Counseling and Wellness in Hingham.
Jennifer has studied and practiced meditation with Sarah and Ty Powers (California, Won Dharma Center in New York, Ishta Yoga in NYC, Thailand, Wales); Jennifer Westwood (San Jose, CA); David Nichtern (Boston), Anat Geiger (Bali); Lila Kate Wheeler and Pascal au Clair (Insight Meditation Society, Barre, MA).
Her first yoga teacher training was in Costa Rica with Marianne Wells in 2012. Since that time, in addition to obtaining an additional 500 hour training in Insight Yoga with Sarah Powers, she is also certified to teach yoga for MS and cancer.
Today she continues to be nourished through teaching and sharing these practices with the community, as well as by regularly attending silent retreats, and practicing ‘living her yoga’.
She will co-lead her first retreat “Montana – Nature and Nurture” this fall with Dr. Barbara Green and Balance Studio owner Kellie Lynch.
A favorite Zen poem from her first meditation workshop at Wanderlust in Vermont – author unknown:
Doors wide open