Jennifer began practicing yoga after her doctor made her aware that her tennis and running career was over, due to a degenerative back problem that was not getting any better. After speaking with her doctors and facing the reality that a drastic change needed to occur in order for her to experience a pain free life, Jennifer tried yoga. That was 2012, and 4 years later Jennifer says yoga has changed her life in many ways. While the degenerative damage to two of her vertebrae will always exist, (thanks to yoga) the pain it caused does not.
Through yoga, Jennifer can move and do routine things again that weren’t accessible before she began practicing. She began her practice at Y2 and went on to complete her 200-hour registered yoga teacher certification through Y2 with Johnna Smith and Tanner Bazemore.
Jennifer says, “This is my community and I enjoy teaching all types and levels of yoga, from children, prenatal and adults, to vinyasa, deep stretch, slow flow etc. I love to see the look on a person’s face when they are able to do things they haven’t been able to do in a long time or ever before. It humbles me when a child tells me a pose such as titibasana is easy and excites me to see adults who access it for the first time. I’m invigorated when I’m able to bring relief to others who’ve experienced pain like I have or to others who simply enjoy yoga and don’t know why. I get it. I enjoy it for those same reasons and love being a teacher and fellow practitioner.”