Today we’d like to introduce you to Jen Netherby.
Jen, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I started my career as a journalist and I was writing about the entertainment business in Los Angeles when I took my first yoga class around 2000. At the time, I was incredibly stressed and I wasn’t very happy. I was in my dream job, yet I was constantly anxious about making deadlines and doing a good enough job and, ultimately, it wasn’t making me happy. At the same time, I was in love with an ex-boyfriend from college who lived on the other side of the country and it had always been a passionate but tumultuous relationship, at least for me. I was very caught up in the idea of these two things having to work out for me to be happy. But my yoga practice started to shift that. I would leave practice so happy. And these ideas of how my life was supposed to look and the career I was supposed to have and who was supposed to be in my life started to shift over time. Fast forward about 10 years and I left both by then and moved to Paris to study french and take my own sabbatical to figure out my next step in life. I thought I would write in Paris but I ended up spending each morning on my yoga mat, my practice became my haven in the city when I felt quite lonely, It allowed me again to let go of the idea I had for my life and open up to something larger. I ended up returning to Los Angeles and changing career paths completely to share this practice that has been so transformational in my life with others. I feel so grateful for how much my life has changed and opened up.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
It has been far from a smooth road, but the path forward has opened up. Yoga is incredibly popular right now and that is good and also challenging because there are many teachers. I’ve had to learn many skills beyond teaching like how to run a business, which is the last thing you think of with yoga. But it’s important and also it made me realize that I get to choose how I run my business and business isn’t inherently good or bad, it’s how we approach them. The biggest challenge is finding the clients that I really connect with. I had to learn to understand myself and what I have to offer my students and how to really connect and help them in the areas they feel challenged.
So, as you know, we’re impressed with Jen Netherby Yoga – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
I like to say I teach mindful yoga classes, often in the workplace, at conferences, and to private groups and individuals. I say mindful because they’re less fitness-y focused like many vinyasa classes today, though they are often physically challenging, but I focus on breath and connecting people back to their body. I’m probably known best for my calming classes. I teach many beginners, also students who are successful in their careers but have a lot of stress and turn to yoga to better handle stress. My students tend to study with me for years and this is probably what I am most proud of as a teacher. I get to see them grow and change and really get to know them and cater their practice to their needs.
So, what’s next? Any big plans?
I’m currently planning my first retreat for the first half of 2017. That’s one area I’m looking forward to growing into. I’m also working on some workshops for later in the year that will be geared to helping people use their practice to connect to their writing work or other craft. And I plan to do some writing related to yoga, bringing my past work into my current work.
- Website: www.jennetherby.com
- Phone: 323-578-8894
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: @jennetherby
- Facebook: /jennetherby
- Twitter: @jennetherby
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