Jennifer discovered yoga in 2015 when she initially sought out a local studio to help her better train for a half-marathon. What she found instead was community, fresh perspective, and a love for the practice of yoga (which quickly replaced running). With a background in cheerleading, dance, and track, Jennifer was someone who already believed in the power of movement to promote well-being, healing, and stress management. Yoga became a space where Jennifer deepened her mind-body connection, practiced self-compassion, and learned to let go of “getting it right/being perfect.” Jennifer kept showing up to her mat for several years, during which time she was exposed to and practiced various styles of yoga and reconnected with her playful side.
She developed an interest in teaching yoga after attending a workshop on integrating yoga into trauma treatment. As a mental health professional, Jennifer became increasingly curious about the intersection of yoga and mental health and realized she wanted to offer more than just the recommendation of yoga to her clients and community, but also be able to personally share the practice from an informed place. After being connected with SWY through a yoga teacher and friend, Jennifer decided to “be a yes” and completed her 200-hour RYT training through Baptiste Power Yoga Nashville.
By day, Jennifer works as a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in private practice and values empowering and equipping her clients with the tools necessary to work through various life transitions. Originally a Virginia native, Jennifer is a proud alum of the University of Virginia (Wahoowa) and James Madison University (Go Dukes). For leisure, she enjoys connecting with friends, planning and hosting events, trying new restaurants, traveling, and spending time with her pug/mostly German shepherd mix fur son, Zeke. Fun fact: Nicknamed “Downtown Jenn” by her friends for her willingness to celebrate life at a moment’s notice and love of people and new experiences.
Jennifer teaches outreach at Gold’s Gym in Bellevue.