start simple - seek out a studio that offers a beginner's class (aka yoga basics) this will allow you to explore your yoga without intimidation of what other more seasoned yogis may bring to their practice and build a strong asana foundation (the community section of craigslist.org and yogafinder.com are great places to start for local offerings).
let your body tell your mind - for an hour out of your day, allow your body to feel and tell your mind how to feel rather than your mind controlling your every moment.
breathe easy - despite your eagerness, the breath is the most important part of your practice. if you find yourself constricting or even stop breathing, back out of the pose otherwise you might pass out in 'attempted pretzel.'
child's pose is your friend - fight your ego, listen to your body and embrace child's pose. this pose is great for resetting your body and mind, so if your thoughts begin to wander, come back to your inner child and find center.
be prepared - come with an open mind, a clean body, use the restroom and blow your nose before you enter class, and limit heavy meals for 2 hours prior to your time on the mat.
resist resistance - embrace this new journey and allow yourself to just experience your new practice - your openess will set you free! leave your judgments at the door.
comfort is key - dress in layers of light weight clothing so that you can remove and add clothing as your body heats up and cools down. regardless of the many options, yoga isn't a fashion contest but a self-practice (however if you are looking for some apparel inspiration check out victoria keen - she's having a sale on her very unique line!)
props - a mat and bare feet are pretty much the only props you'll need! many studios offer mat rentals if you not ready to invest in your yogic real estate just yet. other props that are helpful include: straps, blocks and blankets.
water breaks - come to class hydrated and try to limit water breaks until after class.
commit to the whole class - svasana, the final resting pose, is critical to your practice, don't skip out on it - it's not a nap, but a time for your body to absorb your practice and learn.
the coming together of all things jenn: yoga instructor :: blogger :: whole foodie :: student of life
who am i (jenn pesce)?
by day, i have a full-time position as the brand director at an indie beauty company. since i am a gemini (and real life twin), my other ‘side’ is a yogini, so i like to think of myself as a business yogini. i have been practicing yoga since 2003 and took my first teacher training with sadie nardini in 2005. each year i try to continue my yoga studies beyond just attending classes and my home practice with trainings and intensives. for example, i have also completed an 8-month yoga anatomy course with jason ray brown, an intro course in sanskrit at the ashtanga yoga shala studio, exploratory courses with tara stiles at strala yoga, a 200 hour course with alison west, and 72 hours of prenatal yoga studies.
as for my teaching experience i have worked with a non-profit organization called bent-on-learning and thoroughly enjoyed my time teaching children in public schools. i have also taught weekly classes at private gyms in manhattan and have several private clients and semi-private groups.
in terms of a healthy lifestyle, i don’t smoke, drink moderately and eat like my mom taught me – colorfully. i am a big advocate of whole foods (as in the actual food, but the store is a-okay in my book too), my juicer, food processor and beloved vitamix. i love learning new information about what foods are good, why and how to get others to eat them. i think pescetarian (yes, just like my name, it means fish) best describes my diet, mostly veggies with some fish and shellfish, oh and cheese, but in general i don’t eat things with beaks or boobs (in other words, no poultry, no mammals). i am also known for encouraging my friends and family to eat ‘green things’ – at least once a day for starters.
and lastly, i enjoy laughing, smiling and helping others do the same.
why do i teach the yoga?
simply put, i teach to help find balance and the space between, that moment of freedom and levity, for myself and others. by learning how to be ok on my mat, i have found i can figure out how to be ok regardless of whatever gets thrown my way once i step off of it . it's practice afterall for the big game known as life. through yoga, i firmly believe you can learn to laugh and find lightness in the everyday, because life should be bright and full of energy, on the regular.