November 2017 - Interview with Jen Adreani
by Iris Price
Jen is a yoga teacher who specializes in yoga for loss, ADHD and anxiety. On Sunday, November 12, 2017, she is leading a 2 ½-hour workshop, "Practices in the Power of the Present," (see below for details)
Jen, what got you interested in yoga?
It was a long time ago, but something drew me to yoga, I was a teenager. I borrowed a VHS videotape from the library and practiced daily for the 14-day checkout period. I learned how to do each posture. I remember not knowing what benefits to expect, but my mind was clearer and more focused. I felt more creative.
Because I had practiced with the video and had scrutinized the instructions, I remembered the sequence and continued practicing daily for over a year. I finally found a yoga studio and started practicing with a teacher.
When and why did you begin teaching yoga?
After practicing for a couple of years I started sharing what I knew with friends and loved ones. I wasn't certified yet, just wanting to share what was helping me feel more balance and clarity.
I have been teaching yoga since 2015 when I enrolled in a teacher training workshop at St. Petersburg Yoga after the loss of my father. I had been experiencing increased anxiety and panic attacks. It was then that I learned how much more there is to yoga other than the postures themselves.
According to yoga's original teachings, the purpose of a practitioner of yoga is to experience your true nature, a spark of the divine, during your lifetime. This can be hard to do when you're distracted by pain or imbalances in the body, mind or life. Yoga helps identify your own individual imbalances in any given moment and address them with tools such as posture, breath, meditation, and applied philosophy.
The style of yoga taught at St. Petersburg Yoga is deeply rooted in the teachings of this authentic yoga developed thousands of years ago. I teach applied yoga philosophy, mindfulness, yoga nidra meditation, and yoga influenced by the styles of Iyengar, Ashtanga, as well as Restorative Yoga and Yoga Swing.
What do you love about teaching yoga?
It's very rewarding helping people feel better, something I've always enjoyed doing since I was a little girl.
I specialize in helping people with ADHD, depression and anxiety. I love teaching yoga nidra, a relaxing, calming and centering, guided-meditation practice that is easy for anyone to participate in and benefit from, even if they find meditation difficult.
What do you like most about the TimeBank? What drew you to join?
I have known about Time Banks for some time. I was excited to hear there was one in St. Pete. I am a natural giver; it's nice to be in a network that supports opportunities for reciprocity.
It is so easy to feel isolated in our culture. TimeBanks provide a way to connect with one another and collectively problem solve for one another. Many hands make light work, as they say. Some of the happiest times in my life have been during periods of collaboration, working together on a common goal. The TimeBank meets a need for community, contributing to others, learning, friendship, awareness and connection.
What's the most surprising thing about yourself you would not mind sharing with TimeBank members and your yoga students?
I'm working on turning my home into an urban yoga farm, so there are plenty of TimeBank opportunities to learn, share and grow over the next few months!
Jen also shared with us that in 2018 she hopes to teach yoga to TimeBank members for credits!
For those interested in the Sunday, November 12 workshop Jen is teaching at St. Petersburg Yoga, she shared the following information:
Workshop: Practices in the Power of the Present, Sunday November 12th 1pm - 3:30 pm (or you can ask for “the class Jen Andreani is teaching.”)
Location: St. Petersburg Yoga in the Rollin' Oats Building at 2842 Dr. MLK Jr St N. St. Petersburg, Florida 33704
Level of difficulty: All levels, no previous yoga experience required.
Description: The session will involve mild, restorative style physical movement, writing exercises, discussion, and other forms of self-reflection. Options will be given to accommodate people from a variety of abilities.
The workshops are non-intimidating environments which allow the student to participate and share as much or as little as they’d like. For many students who attend, seeing and being around other people working on similar challenges is a powerful thing in itself.
This workshop explores and rehearses how to turn your existing yoga practices as well as some normal everyday routines into powerful experiences in the Present. If you're new to yoga, this is a good opportunity to learn some yoga tools that you can apply right now to benefit from experiencing more presence in your daily life.
We will use body, breath, mind and life tools to deepen our understanding of the Now.
Cost: If you are not a member of the St. Petersburg Yoga studio, the cost for the 2 ½-hour long workshop is $25 in advance. If you have a monthly membership, the workshop is included with your membership, which is $75 for one month, or $65 for auto-debited monthly payment. This class can not be paid for with time credits.
- Please arrive 15 minutes before the start time. Sometimes there are spots available day of the workshop but it's best not to wait to sign up if you can.
- On your first visit you’ll need to fill out a New Student Form. You can either fill one out when you arrive or download and print it at home.
- Wear something you feel comfortable moving around in. (Typically regular gym clothes will work well.)
- They recommend bringing a water-bottle.
- If you don’t have your own mat, no worries! They have mats available to borrow at no extra cost, as well as any additional props you may want such as blocks or straps.