Yoga

Jane J

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INSTRUCTOR PROFILE: 

I grew up in a small town in Upstate New York and moved to Arizona in 1997. I graduated from SUNY Cortland with a B.S. in Physical Education. I discovered yoga in 2009 and fell in love with the practice. In 2010, I completed my certification to teach yoga to kids ages 2-13. In 2016, I completed the 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training program at Southwest Institute of Healing Arts in Tempe and became certified to teach yoga to adults.

I have been teaching Physical Education to K-12 students at a private school for kids with learning differences since 2004. I have worked with students with ADD, ADHD, and Autism Spectrum Disorder. I have taught yoga to these students since 2010, and mindfulness since 2016.

I am a firm believer in teaching the whole child, and have a passion for teaching students to be healthy in body and mind. I enjoy connecting with students through student-centered, casual conversations that allow them to share their experiences and interests.

When I am not teaching, I enjoy taking yoga classes and spending time outdoors, hiking, biking and walking. An interesting fact about me is that I adopted my daughter from China when she was four years old. She is 20 now and attends college in Tucson.

I am thrilled to offer services in mindfulness, meditation, body movement, and yoga to students of all ages.

Testimonial:

My 9 yr. old son has had the privilege of working with Jane for the past three years through yoga and mindfulness classes. She is an incredibly kind, patient and grounded practitioner. She creates a safe space for exploration of both yoga and mindfulness practices and is receptive to children's ideas and input. My son has achieved great emotional and physical self-regulation through his work with Jane. In his words, "Ms. Jane makes yoga fun! She's always calm and kind."

Valorie M

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INSTRUCTOR PROFILE: 

I grew up in southeastern Connecticut and was very active throughout my childhood. From the time I could walk, my father had me playing soccer and tennis with my older brothers, and at the age of 6 I attended my first dance class in an after school program. I instantly fell in love! I continued to play soccer and tennis until I graduated from high school, but I decided to take my passion for dance much further. I attended the art school at Rutgers University in New Jersey, and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Performance and Choreography.

I continued on to become a professional dancer with a few Modern dance and contemporary ballet companies in and around New York City. Though I had been teaching dance since the age of 16, after college I immersed myself in the dance world and began teaching at a number of dance studios nearly full time. During this time of intensely physical work, I had a series of injuries that made life and work very difficult, and that is when I started seriously practicing yoga.

Yoga had always been a part of my dance training and teaching, but when I started taking class more regularly I realized I had found another passion and I needed to learn more. In 2012 I completed my first Yoga Teacher Training, a 200 hour program at PURE Yoga in NYC. From there I continued to study, adding another 100+ hours of training and mentorship from the renowned teachers at PURE.

Blending what I knew about teaching children in the dance studio with my new passion for yoga was no easy feat, but with a bit more training from Karma Kids Yoga (again in New York, and featured in Sesame Street!) I soon began taking yoga not only to adults, but to children in schools and even in a specialty kids yoga studio. I have been teaching children’s yoga since 2012, and loving every second of it!

I currently teach adult yoga at a few locations, and I am the director of a school enrichment program while teaching children’s ballet and yoga there.

When teaching yoga and mindfulness to children, I have found that a listening ear is one of the most important things we can give our kids. Every child deserves to be heard, even if it’s just to tell a silly joke. I strive to allow each interaction that I have with a child to have some positive meaning. At the end of each class, every child gets a moment of one on one time with me to know what they did that was great, what they can improve upon for next time, and of course, give a high five.

I am excited to join Krista and the team at Peak Academics to help spread the incredible joy and peacefulness I have found through the practice of yoga and mindfulness. I look forward to helping this generation of students plant the seeds to grow a mindfulness practice to help them cope with big feelings, changes, and today’s pressures, and I hope to watch as they blossom into the most aware and compassionate generation yet.

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