We know you’ve seen this gorgeous face around the studio, but do you know she has a side gig as well? We’re excited to introduce you to all things Jenny today!
Break it down for us Jenny - where ya from, what brought you to the 303, whaddya do?
I grew up in a tiny town called Metamora in Illinois - it's two hours south of Chicago. I first came to Denver with one of my friends from high school (Natalie, who now owns Sugar Bakeshop just up the street from TRW!) for her to interview for a job at a chocolate shop. I quickly fell in love and moved out a year later after I finished grad school - all the way back in 2007! I have my Masters degree in Educational Psychology and worked as a School Psychologist for three years before I realized that that particular position did not suit my personality very well. I have been a nanny ever since and am lucky enough to be able to teach yoga as well in my current position. I love my dogs (always some sort of Great Dane), I love my friends, and I don't see my family nearly as much as I'd like to.
1. What inspired your journey to become a Yoga instructor?
Easy! My teacher Buffy Barfoot (she teaches at Kindness Yoga in Denver) was my inspiration, and the reason I was able to take Teacher Training with her three years ago. I found her class when I changed careers in 2010 and it became my "church" of sorts - I went every Sunday morning, and was soon going to her midweek class as well. I learned things about my body that I never would've learned without her guidance, and became inspired to share that with others. The kind of yoga that she has passed on to me (and Heidi! We trained together!) is accessible to everyone. It is challenging to be sure, but also rooted in deep alignment principles meant to heal your body. I'll never go back to the fast and sweaty vinyasa yoga of my past!
2. Fav song to shake yo’ booty to?
Rockin' by The Weeknd lately, and Stevie Wonder always.
3. What accomplishment(s) are you most proud of?
I'm so incredibly proud of the life I've created for myself in Denver over the last 10 years. I have an amazing group of supportive and loving friends (so many RBL trainers on that list!), a beautiful yoga & REBEL community, a goofball of a dog, three wonderful kids that I get to love and nurture between the hours of 3 & 8 on weekdays, and a fulfilling side gig as a volunteer for Great Dane rescues. I am so blessed and lucky to have landed in this place and this life.
4. What’s one thing most people don’t know about you?
I still don't really cook for myself, with the exception of eggs and kale for breakfast most days. I get to eat dinner at work every day and have purposefully only chosen friends who will cook for me on the weekends.
5. What makes you a REBEL outside of TRW?
I keep a wicked clean house. Ryan, does that make you proud?!
6. Best advice you've ever received?
Do what makes you happy! It applies to so many situations, and really takes the overthinking and second guessing out of most of them. And at the end of the day, happiness is really all that matters.
7. Using one word, how would you describe the REBEL family?
8. This Colorado weather is WEIRD - if you could hop on a plane today, where would you vacation?
A beach. Anywhere. Give me a book (or podcast) and the sunshine and I'm happy.
9. What is the last picture you took on your phone?
A picture of my dog on our walk. He almost always picks up a short stick so it looks like he's smoking a cigar and I almost always think it's so hilarious that I need to take a picture of it.
10. What's the best part about being a REBEL?
Without question, the people. I have amazing students who show up to yoga every Sunday and just rock my world. And built-in workout buddies as co-workers? You just can't beat that!
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