The practices of yoga, breathwork, and meditation can be your vehicles to living an empowered life.
They have been for me. Yoga has become a powerful toolkit for me to transform my own life. More on that below, but first – what can an empowered life look like?
When you pause before you react. And react with compassion instead of blame, or honesty instead of appeasing.
When you move your body, whether it feels good or uncomfortable, you witness those sensations with equanimity. You experience feeling at-home in your body (even if it's momentarily).
When you can say "no, thank you" and not feel guilty.
Hi and welcome! I'm Jennifer. I started practicing yoga in my mid-20's, when I held the beliefs that I was physically weak and ungraceful, emotionally imbalanced, and that everyone else's happiness was actually my responsibility. I also loved to explore – anywhere except for inside my own head and heart. I kept very busy working too much in my corporate job and seeking approval from partners, friends, and bosses. I worked the hardest at trying to escape from it all via whiskey on the rocks or a shot of tequila.
Through yoga, meditation, and breathwork, I discovered physical and emotional strength, flexibility, and resilience that I didn't know was possible. My decision-making was empowered by awareness and observation, rather than unconscious reaction. My body began to lead, while my anxious mind took a back seat. Eventually I could look into the mirror and say, out loud, "I love you." (Oh but even now, there are still tears sometimes!)
These practices continue to remind me this: everything I'm looking for is already inside of me. This is true for everyone!
This was big – and eventually lead me to sobriety.
The journey of recovery has been deeply healing, humbling, and hard. It also has been incredibly empowering.
Today I hold space and share the practices of yoga, meditation, and breathwork as a registered yoga teacher.
My passion-work is making these practices accessible for everyone – your journey is unique and I honor that.
I've received multiple trainings in trauma-sensitive approaches to yoga to support empowerment and healing, with focus on post-traumatic stress (PTSD) and sustainable addiction recovery as a Yoga + 12 Step Recovery leader.
I'm grateful our paths have crossed. Make yourself comfortable and have a look around.
Instagram is where it's at for honest conversation, how-to videos, connection, and bits of joy! Come over and say hi! @jenniferbell.yoga