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FREE Yoga & Writing Workshop at lululemon athletica Brooklyn on Oct. 19th!

5 Oct

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I am so excited to be co-teaching a yoga & writing workshop with one of my favorite yoga teachers, Kate Reil, at one of my favorite places, lululemon athletica Brooklyn!  Replenish, Revitalize, & Realign will take place on Tuesday, October 19th from 6:30-8:30pm at the lululemon athletica Brooklyn Showroom in Park Slope and it is FREE!  For more information, visit this website http://tinyurl.com/23j56kq and to RSVP email brooklyn-showroom@lululemon.com.

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Will Bikram Yoga Help Me Get Over My Ex?

18 May

Check out my guest blog on Crazy Sexy Life (love this site, so excited!) to find out!   

http://crazysexylife.com/2010/how-yoga-helped-me-get-over-my-ex/

Namaste!

Jen xoxo

Launched New Yoga Blog & Why Shitty First Drafts Are Awesome!

12 Apr

Image credit: Giggle Chick Interactive

I just launched a brand-new yoga blog and I’m so excited about it!  It’s called “NotSoZen YogaJen,” and I will be blogging about being not a perfect, serene, transcendent being, but rather, an imperfect, anxious, Type A person who loves yoga and practices as much as possible – because if I didn’t, things (meaning me) might unravel!  I will also be writing about what I learn from yoga, and sharing tips and resources that have helped me, from a profound yogic teaching to just the right yoga mat bag, to where to find the best (and cheapest!) yoga classes.

In a related story, when I was about one-fourth into writing the introductory post for my new blog, I had a flashback.  Cut to:  October 2007.  I was writing a yoga blog for Health.com and I submitted my first post to the editor.  And she rejected it.  So then I wrote my second first post, and it was published.  As I was writing my post yesterday, I remembered that my real first Health.com post, introducing myself and stating my intention for my blog, was similar to what I was writing now, so I went back and dug it up.  While I didn’t use it in its entirety, I was able to incorporate bits and pieces and even a chunk here and there.

I am currently rereading Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott, in which she famously coined the phrase “Shitty First Drafts,” and wrote about how important it is to just spew the words out.  You will not initially know what is usable and what is not, and you may not even know where you will be able to use it.  However, your job at that stage of the process is not to judge or criticize, but just to get it all down.  And then you can go back, revise, use a little of this and a little of that – find a home for one paragraph in a short story you are writing, discover a character that would work in a poem, see the beginnings of your novel – and then, let go of the rest. 

It wasn’t exactly the same situation because my old blog post wasn’t a first draft and I’m not saying that it was necessarily shitty, but it had that same junkyard feel, of digging through this pile of words to see what I could salvage.  What I wrote before wasn’t what the editor wanted, and it could have just sat there, rusting and “rejected,” in the back my computer files for eternity.  I feel so gratified and eco-conscious that I was able to rescue it from exile, dust it off, polish it up, and repurpose it, and that all was not lost.  And I even identified some gems that I may be able to recycle in the future for some as-yet-to-be-formed potential piece.

So I want to encourage you to take a walk down to the Junkyard of Writing Past – whether that means scrolling through your computer files or strolling to your closet and unearthing those crumpled notebooks from that dark, dank corner in the back.  See if you can find a short story or beginnings of a novel or an idea for a blog  that you or someone else rejected and exiled, or maybe it just withered away from neglect.  Go on.  Bust it out.  Check it out.  Dust if off and polish it up.  Be nice to it, and be nice to yourself.  And see if you might be able to find a new home for some of those ragtag bits and pieces; take them out of the dark and place them somewhere they can sparkle and shine.

And then check out my new yoga blog! 🙂

Happy writing!

xoxo,

Jen

My Teacher Read This In Yoga Class…

12 Sep

The Great Work by Hafiz, from “The Gift”

Love

Is the great work

Though every heart is first an

Apprentice.

 

The slaves beneath the city of Light.

 

This wondrous trade,

This magnificent throne your soul

Is destined for–

 

You should not have to think

Much about it,

 

Is it not clear

An apprentice needs a teacher

Who himself

 

Has charmed the universe

To reveal the wonders inside his cup.

 

Happiness is the great work,

Though every heart must first become

A student

 

To one

Who really knows

About love.

*******************

My yoga teacher, Robin Pickering, then talked about how we can envision everyone on similar paths, climbing up the steep face of a mountain, some a little ahead and some a little behind.  She said that you can have teachers who are at the top of the mountain, who have reached the peak, but sometimes, the best teachers are the ones who are just a few steps ahead of you, who can say, “This is the best handhold,” or, “Be careful of that loose rock.”  They have just been exactly where you are, so they can give you the most specific instructions for how to chart your course.

She asked us to picture our teacher, and the one who came to my mind was one who is really far ahead of me, whose wisdom helps me immensely.  But it got me thinking to also keep my eyes peeled for those teachers who are just a few steps ahead of me on the mountain who can help boost me up a little higher.  And also, to remember to look behind me and see who is two steps back, who I can reach out to and lend a helping hand.  So we can all help guide each other up the rough terrain of the mountain, and enjoy the views together.

Fun News Re: Health.com Article!

28 Aug

Some fun, exciting news about my Health.com yoga dates article, “Sick of the Same Old Dating Routine? Yoga is the Hot New Way to Get Close”

* It was mentioned on celebrity/style website “The Frisky,” on the same page as Jessica Simpson and Heidi Montag!  http://tinyurl.com/n5mcol

* Love, sex, and relationship blogger “Ask Bella More” wrote about it  http://tinyurl.com/nn2hgq

* Jordann Rawls wrote about it on Examiner.com http://tinyurl.com/mxzush

* And special thanks to my friend Amanda for mentioning it on her blog “Cake & Carrots”  http://tinyurl.com/nazogo

YAY!

Enjoy this yummy rainy cozy day and have a deliciously delightful weekend!

xoxo,

Jen

Yoga Is The New Dating…

20 Aug

YogaClass

I wanted to share an article I wrote for Health.com entitled “Sick Of  the Same Old Dating Routine? Yoga Is the Hot New Way to Get Close,” which I am so excited to report is currently being featured on the homepage of Health.com!!!  If you are thinking about going on a yoga date, read this first for tips and cautionary factors to consider beforehand, and if you never ever plan on going on a yoga date, please check it out anyway just for fun!  AND, if you enjoy the article, please share it with others and forward to friends and/or post on Facebook, Twitter, etc.!

http://tinyurl.com/yogadates

Thank you & Namaste!

xoxo,

Jen

Yoga Rage Article on Health.com & The Huffington Post!!!

24 Oct

So there’s road rage, and then there’s…yoga rage!  You know, like when you go to a yoga class all ready to relax & unwind, and then some un-spatially aware person sets their mat up right in front of you and you spend the entire class with their feet in your face, and afterwards you wind up feeling enraged instead of enlightened.

I guest blogged on Health.com a few weeks ago and wrote a post entitled “Peace and Courtesy on the Mat: 5 Ways to Avoid Yoga Rage.”  I am so excited that my article was featured on the homepage of Health.com, and also picked up by The Huffington Post!  Check it out here:  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/10/08/5-ways-to-avoid-yoga-rage_n_133068.html

And if you have ever had a bout of yoga rage, please post a comment and share your experiences!

Om shantih!

Jen