Let me guess, I bet you feel...
stiff shoulders and neck
overall stressed and exhausted
Does that sound about right?
Like an athlete, you need your body to do your work
But how much time to you spend recovering, restoring, rebuilding after the stress of your work?
And tomorrow is another day.
The body eventually wears down. And then it starts to talk to you. It's language is sensation, pain, discomfort.
The tools of yoga can help. BUT not every yoga class understands the unique needs of a sign language interpreter.
Taught correctly, learned progressively, yoga can help you relieve current pain, avoid future discomfort and secure a long, healthy career.
The Foundations a 6 week one-of-a-kind, guided video course that takes you step by step through a dynamic program to help you understand your own body, relieve pain, build strength and release tension.
You know yoga could be good but...
You tried it before and your wrists and shoulders felt worse.
Videos were just so-so and didn't help.
Have an injury and there is no way you can do that updog down dog thing
Sound about right?
You are feeling the stress in your back, neck or shoulder you want to start yoga but don't want to hurt yourself.....becasue you need your arms and hands to work!
But you are committed to having a healthy body and mind.
Did you know?
Now all yoga is the same and there is a way to practice that can help you feel stronger, more resilient and it doesn't have to take up alot of time?
I know what your body goes through.
You learn step-by-step in systematic way with a teacher who is who has years of training and years working as an interpreter
You learn how to adapt for your body, balance both your strength and flexiblity and remove the accumulated stress on your nervous system. All this empowers you with tools to feel better in your body and establish a long, sustainable career.
Let me guess...
✘ You've taken classes but got frustrated or bored.
✘ You're feeling way more stressed than in the past.
✘ Other teachers don't understand your needs
✘ You have started doing some yoga but then fell off the wagon
✘ You want a high quality program to learn and practice at home with someone who knows you.
You want to feel less pain, feel stronger and more energetic to do your work and live your life
But maybe you were frustrated with classes
Until I started attending Jen's yoga classes I never really understood what yoga was. All my life I have gone off and on to yoga classes only to leave frustrated and feeling "inadequate" and often times feeling blah. After attending Jen's Iyengar classes I now have a passion, appreciation and understanding of what yoga is and should be!
It's not you, it's the method of teaching
Following the leader
If you are in a class and you are just trying keep up, this is not learning. You might be able to keep up and if not, it's a struggle. When you learn step by step like you would a language, you build on your skills, gain confidence and get to know and embrace yourself as you are.
Most classes today are not appropriate for the strain interpreters have on their bodys.
It's definitely not you. First, it's important to learn the foundational actions and build up progressively instead of just trying to keep up. Iyengar yoga teachers undergo years of rigorous training and continual assessments to become certified in this time-honoured method. This training prepares them to teach all poses to all students in an intellgent, individualized way.
Jen is an interpeter and has used the tools of yoga to help her out of pain and into freedom
Iyengar yoga is a holistic practice that includes the whole meal of yoga. The student progressively learns it all: inversions, forward bend, backward bends, twists and restorative and pranayama in all -paces: active, dynamic, static and passive. When you stay, you learn how Iyengar yoga supports you through all phases of your life.
Can you relate?
Not all yoga classes are the same
These days, it's pretty confusing out there - so any styles of yoga! And there are many that are not good for interpreters
I hear interpeters they can't do yoga because of their wrists and shoulders or they think they should just "bear" the pain.
Oh no! They just haven't had the opportunity to be taught properly by a teacher who understands them.
When you learn a traditional, intelligent step by step method that is complete and holistic you:
✶ Soothe the nervous system (essential if you have repetitive strain.
✶Improve Aligment (which reduces pain)
✶ Increase Strength and Flexibilty
✶ Cultivate Balance
✶ Deactivate the cycles of stress (which helps avoid disease)
✶ Gain Peace of Mind
✶ Increase Awareness and Understand how your body works (which empowers you)
You learn YOUR body instead of trying to fit it into someone else's.
This is a way to learn yoga step-by-step to feel better in your body and ensure a long, sustainable career.
It all begins with The Foundations.
Here it is
a 6 week expertly designed at-home program with hightouch support and built-in accountability to ensure your success.
In the Foundations, you learn a step-by-step process with clear and precise directions, you progress steadily so you can learn specifically where you need to focus
A focus on mindful action and awareness of alignement, you learn techinques to practice for your unique body, develop more balance, equanimity, intelligence and integration.
Classes are released weekly over 8 weeks easy to digest pieces that repeat and build upon one another week to week. Classes are dynamic, strong, fun, instructive and sprinkled with practical inspiration from the wisdom of yoga.
I am available throughout the program to guide, direct and adjust to your needs.
Not just another video course
that you never finish (if you are like me!)
This course designed specifically for success and
(i hope!) a big metamorphosis
6 Weekly Lessons
Themed lessons are released weekly. To ensure you get all the benefits and stay on track, you have 8 weeks to complete the program. Each lesson is themed and builds on the skills of the previous lesson. Instructional videos are 30-40minutes
7 Short Practices
Shorter videos to practice a skill learned during the work, offer a challenge to the week's lesson and convenient to your schedule
3 Livestream classes
Attend 3 classes live on zoom or via the recordings, available for 48 hours. Class is interactive and Jen can give direct feedback.
Support and Accountability
Here is why this program is unique. Hi-touch support including weekly reminders and support, 1:1 coaching call, community support and Jen avaiable for quesions.
1:1 Private Consultation with Jen (Value $100)
Webinar and Ebook "How to Create a Home Practice" (Value $100)
Words from students
Ashtanga yoga sudent
After practicing various forms of Yoga for a couple years, I was ready to take my Ashtanga practice to the next level. I felt that many of my fundamentals were off which in turn was impairing my ability to grow and improve. Jen was able to identify several items at the core of my practice and worked intensively to correct my alignment in numerous postures. She helped me uncover the weaknesses that I had been trying to overcome with my strengths instead of correcting the root of the problem.
I got to know my body again and slow down the aging process.
I’m never bored in class because the specific focus on the body takes you on a journey and there is just so much voyaging to do!!! The mind is fully connected with the body and the body is working and activated because of it. I have met few teachers with this talent and Jen has it.”
"Clear instruction, variety, skillful sequencing and high level skill."
"Jen mixes the magic of yoga and the science of yoga in an easy to understand practice."
"Every class has a different emphasis with some new approach or pose but familiar lead up"
What to Expect
01: The Shape of the pose
Learn the essential action of the legs in standing poses
Strengthen your base
Tutorial on props
Week 04: Stability and Mobility
Standing twists and balance.
Healthy actions for the back.
How to use movement to create freedom.
02: Extension and Expansion
Increase awareness of alignment.
The principle actions of the legs and arms to extend the spine
How to use a wall for support
05: From the Known to the Unknown
Essential actions of backbends
Cultivate confidence and resilience
03: Spreading your Awareness
Refine the actions learned from the previous weeks
Seated pose and twists
06: Union - Integration of breath
Practice a graceful sequence of standing poses with attention on breath.
Everything in The Foundations
6 30-40 minute Instructional videos $200
7 15-20 minute practice videos $100
2 Tutorial videos $25
1:1 Consult with Jen $100
Webinar and book "How to create a consistent practice at home" $50
Weekly hi-touch support $200
Done for you schedule $15
Done for you reflection practice workshet $20
3 Live stream classes $100
Guide- 6 poses to Relieve Back Pain -$ 40
Total: $850 $99
more words from students...
I am thoroughly enjoying Foundations After 25 years of practice, I feel I need to keep my basic knowledge and practice active. I feel we can never have too much of the Yoga foundation reminders and practice for our Yoga practice be it Iyengar or any Yoga practice.
Jen is an inspiration to me - she is a fabulous teacher with clarity of her instruction, and a skill in observing and correcting her students. She finds creative ways to work different muscle groups, her sequencing is well thought out and she makes every challenge accessible and keeps you interested as you learn new skills. Her yoga has saved and strengthened my body and mind and reminded me how resilient the human body is.
She has helped me be a better yoga teacher/student. I gain so much by following her!
Jodie Beck, yoga teacher
Hi! I can't wait to share this practice with you! I am passionate about helping my fellow interpreters use the tools of yoga to get out of pain and feel stronger and more resilient.
I know your bodies because I suffer the same strains and pains. I also know that you are so dedicated, you forget to think about yourself.
I know how important this practice can be for your body, mind and heart and I want to share it with you!
I'm a certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher CIYT Level 3 and a Certified Yoga Therapist. Years of training, not just hours. Also, I have studied Cranial Sacral, Somatic Movement as well as Vedic Counseling with Dr. Frawley and am currently enrolled in an Ayurvedic course
This is for you if :
✔︎ You are ready to make a commitment to yourself.
✔︎ You can practice 2-3 times a week for the next 8 weeks.
✔︎ You are an active, fit person and do not have any acute injuries or conditions.
✔︎ You are in a condition that you can pace yourself
✔︎ You can participate in the live classes or meet with Jen privately at the start of your course.
When are the live classes?Based on the group, we vote on a time and alternate monthly so everyone can attend. Classes are 1 hour. AND, for the first time also get access to my membership classes Thursday 10-11:15CST CST and Sunday 11-12pm CST. Live classes make this program special but there are also live coaching sessions where you can ask any question and workshop a solution. I encourage you to come to at least one of the live classes or coaching sessions weekly. Sometimes it's hard to come to class and all recordings are available in the video library. When you submit your weekly reflections or come to the coaching sessions, I'm able to weave in your questions even if you aren't present in class. Many students who do the recordings report that they feel like I'm talking directly to them.
Do I have to have experience with yoga?No. This program is designed to be accessible and there might be some things that are challenging. You only have to be able to monitor yourself, do what you can, ask for support and have fun.
What language is this in?This is in English with captions in the live sessions. Many members are joining from all over the world! If you are a Deaf interpreter, contact me for a referral to online classes taught by a Deaf Interpreter/ Deaf yoga instructor. (ASL or International Sign)
What do I need to participate?A yoga mat. I will show you how to use house hold items like , a chair, desk or wall. Yoga bricks are helpful. And a strap, belt or dog leash. As we move into the last module, bolster/pillows and blankets will be used. To attend live classes, you must set up your camera so I can see you head to toe and you can see me (I will give time for those who need to move closer to their devices to see before doing). You will need to access the platform where the program is housed- a URL is sent to you and you set up an account where you will find the program, videos and all the courses.
I have acute pain or injury or physical limitationsGet your doctor's permission and speak with Jen to see if this program is right for you or a 1:1 therapeutic program. Depending on your condition, movement can be very healing.
Can I do this if I already do yoga?The poses will not be new to you so that means you can deepen your understanding. Returning to the fundamental actions of the postures improves your overall practice. When we "go back" we find areas that we missed along the way. I think it will be amazing for your practice. We can work on your personal practice or poses that aren't in the program that you want support with. Since classes are small, I can teach to everyone's level. You also get access to my membership classes.