After finishing yoga teacher training at Y2 in 2011, Jen left a six-year career in marketing and advertising to pursue yoga, fitness and writing full-time and she has never looked back. Jen says, “I am eternally grateful for the experience of yoga teacher training because it allowed me to grow the confidence I needed to pursue the career of my dreams.”
Jen is a E-RYT 200, NASM certified personal trainer, certified group exercise instructor, CrossFit coach, blogger and published author. She shares daily updates about food, fitness, yoga and life on her blog Peanut Butter Runner. Jen is the author of two books that were published in 2015, Ultimate Plank Fitness: 101 Plank Exercises for a Strong Core, Killer Abs…and a Killer Body and The Complete Guide to Yoga Inversions.
A former die-hard distance runner, Jen spent 3-4 years taking yoga classes here and there because she knew it was something she “should” be doing to help her running but could never get into it. She gave yoga another shot after moving to Charlotte when she was faced with yet another running injury…and fell in love hard and fast. Before she knew it, Jen was spending more time on her mat than on the road running. These days a mix of yoga, running and strength training is keeping her injury-free, happy and motivated.
Jen’s yoga practice of choice is vinyasa flow. She especially enjoys all things backbends, arm balancing and being upside down! She is extremely passionate about empowering her students around their physical and emotional strength and helping them believe in their unlimited light, power and potential. Jen’s classes feature a strong, challenging flow with uplifting messaging and music. Laughter and tears are not uncommon along with tons of sweat.
Here at Y2 Yoga, she uses her background in marketing and advertising to serve as the marketing director for the studio. Jen oversees strategy for all things social media, workshops, special events, promotions, communications and more.