Jennifer Barone has been practicing yoga since 1998 and teaching since 2003. She completed her yoga certification in New York City and has taught weekly classes, workshops and retreats in the San Francisco Bay Area for over 10 years.
Jennifer strives to create a welcoming, non-competitive space and to promote a yoga that is for every-body regardless of age, shape, background or belief system. She strives to make yoga a tangible and accessible philosophy that is applicable to daily life, on and off the mat.
Jennifer teaches a multi-level, challenging but do-able class and intuitively constructs a sequence for those in the room. She incorporates techniques from various disciplines including Kundalini, Qi Gong, Restorative, Embodiment / Energy work and Meditation.
In her personal life Jennifer loves to travel and has studied art and design. She is a published poet and organizes community readings. She also practices Japanese tea ceremony in the Zen tradition and enjoys sound healing music. She believes that all art forms are a way of connecting to our inner world and allow us a channel to express what feels inexpressible.
Styles of Yoga I teach:
Yoga means “to create union, to join, to tie the strands of the mind together.” With this concept I teach a practice of asanas (postures) that flow seamlessly together, connected and led by awareness of breath, in a moving meditation that joins the body, breath, mind and spirit to move together as one.
Hatha / Vinyasa Flow
Beginner – advanced level: A flowing sequence of postures that gently builds heat within the body. A strong focus on linking breath to movement through transitions from one posture to the next, creating a fluid, moving meditation. Sequences work through all areas of the body, including standing, seated, spinal twists, forward and back bends, inversions and a final relaxation. Great for those who need to move their bodies to build heat and burn impurities while also feeling grounded and relaxed.
A practice of reclining postures utilizing a multitude of props to effortlessly gain the benefits of a well-rounded Yoga practice. Zero impact, great for any level. Perfect for those who suffer from anxiety, stress and restlessness and could benefit from deep relaxation. I call this “dessert yoga” because it is very relaxing and enjoyable.
Ergonomic / Office Yoga
Simple stretches that can be performed standing or seated, focusing on common areas of the body that are affected from sitting at a desk or doing general office tasks. For any level, it can be practiced in a conference room, office space and even in an office chair.
Pranayama (vital life force expansion) uses various methods of working with and controlling the breath while cleansing Nadis (energy channels) within the body. These practices can be incorporated into a Hatha or Flow class or can be practiced on their own in reclining or seated postures.
Develop a comfortable seated posture, breath awareness and work toward stilling the mind. It can include cultivating positive thinking, awareness of body and thought patterns, mudras (hand gestures), chakras (energy-centers) and visualizations. Meditation can be incorporated into a Hatha or Flow class and can be practiced on its own in seated postures.