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Meet Jenna Taylor of YogiNest in Hollywood Hills

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jenna Taylor.

Jenna, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
Many years ago I was struggling with undiagnosed medical issues. For years I struggled with back to back colds, flus, fainting spells, extreme weight loss, lung and heart complications, the list goes on and on. After thousands of dollars in medical bills and days/weeks in hospitals I finally had a diagnosis to explain all of my ailments, Lupus. Lupus is an autoimmune disease where the body essentially attacks itself like it would a cold or the flu, but instead of protecting the body from a cold or the flu it attacks organs, muscles, joints, etc. thinking they are a danger to the body. It’s not like I woke up one day and thought, “man I really hope I have a serious disease or ailment,” but it sure did feel good to finally have some answers, at least now I could make a plan of action and handle this thing once and for all… or so I thought.

I began a treatment plan that consisted mostly of Western techniques. I thought I was finally going to get better. Well years went by and I didn’t get better, I was actually getting worse. At some point I knew that if I didn’t take matters into my own hands nothing was going to change. I couldn’t take the pills anymore, they were making me feel like a shell of who I used to be. I couldn’t spend another night in the hospital. I wasn’t willing to spend anymore of my hard earned money on treatments that were only putting me further in debt with zero physical benefits. My eyes were open, a lightbulb lit up, I had had an epiphany.

My days were consumed with research about alternative forms of medicine. I bought books, watched videos online, learned everything I could about nutrition for inflammatory diseases, started taking yoga classes, meditating, I used breathing techniques, etc. I had caught the alternative medicine bug, and I like it, and so did my body. My yoga mentor convinced me to sign up for yoga teacher training at YogaWorks Larchmont as a way to dive even deeper into my practice and learn more about how I could heal through this ancient tradition. Little did I know it would save my life.

After my 200 hour teaching training ended I noticed that my bloodwork results had shifted, for the better. They were improving for the first time in a very long time. It solidified my decision to work harder, to take my practice even further, to learn more, and to sign up for the 300 hour teaching training. This is when my life changed forever. Changing my diet, sleep patterns, level of exercise, adding in breathing techniques, meditation, and just in general a more holistic lifestyle saved my life. I received a phone call from my doctor, he called to tell me that I was in remission. There are no words to describe the emotions that flooded every inch of my being.

At one point in my life I thought that Lupus had robbed me of every goal, dream, and aspiration I had ever had. I thought that my life was ruined. I was wrong. It was the best thing that ever happened to me. I swore to spend the rest of my life sharing my story with others in need, to share the knowledge that I had gained through blood, sweat, and tears…oh so many tears. That’s when I started YogiNest.

YogiNest is a wellness business that focuses on treating the chronically/terminally ill, those suffering with depression, anxiety, PTSD, and addiction through yoga, meditation, breathing techniques, and so much more. I tailor each of my sessions to my clients individual needs and offer them a venue that feels safe as I hold space for them. My clients are everything to me, my business is my baby, and I feel like the luckiest girl in the world. I know with 100% certainty that everything that I’ve gone through has lead me exactly where I am supposed to be.

I am now teaching people from all walks of life, from all over the country, and even a few that travel from outside of the country! I am also launching a second business this year that will focus on wellness events sponsored by local businesses. The goal is to provide actionable, educational tools related to all things wellness. This will be a space to restore, connect, engage, reset, and recharge; as we focus on the mind, body, nutrition, and of course our local community. Stay tuned.

Has it been a smooth road?
It was originally a really hard decision to make. After I found out I was in remission I had two options; I could either go back to my safe, stable, profitable corporate job, or I could risk everything, potentially make zero dollars, find zero clients, survive on cat food, not be able to pay my bills, and risk relapse. I chose the latter of the two, I closed my eyes and jumped.

Trust me it was pretty bumpy in the beginning and I questioned my decision to be brave and follow my heart. It was hard work, the hardest job I’ve ever had. I had to swallow my pride. I was out there every day pounding the pavement, going door to door introducing myself to companies that I wanted to work with, handing out flyers and business cards to everyone, talking to everyone about what I was doing, cold calling, you name it! I got some strange looks, people closed doors in my face, phones got hung up; BUT others welcomed me with open arms, believed in me and what I was doing and once I found my groove there was no stopping me. There were times when I wanted to give up, I’m so glad that I didn’t.

So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the YogiNest story. Tell us more about the business.
It was my journey with Lupus that created the foundation of YogiNest. As I navigated a chronic illness I found answers, solutions, and remission. YogiNest specializes in sharing what I’ve learned with others who are struggling with chronic/terminal illness, depression, anxiety, PTSD, addiction, etc. I provide tailored treatment plans that include yoga, meditation, breathing techniques, nutrition, and more. Most of my clients prefer one-on-one interactions with me but I also teach semi-private and corporate classes. In addition I have experience working in medical facilities with doctors who marry my techniques with a complementary treatment plan that they are providing the patient.

The thing that I love about what I do is that I get to work with everybody. Though YogiNest specializes in plans for medical ailments, I also get to work with people who just want to learn more about yoga; who need an accountability partner, who are interested in mindfulness, who want to learn about living a sustainable lifestyle, or transitioning to a vegan diet. Did I mention that I am vegan and am extremely passionate about animals? My diet played a huge part in my healing so I get to share that too. I get to be creative, writing sequences, coming up with playlist, developing meditations and mantras. I get to meet to coolest people and get involved in my community, it’s seriously the best “job” I’ve ever had. The cherry on top, I get to watch people transform, to find a smile and laughter for the first time in a long time, I get to walk with them on this journey, I get to help them through their hardest times, and rejoice in their triumphs. I get to connect with my community in way I didn’t know was possible, and people are healing, transforming, and growing in ways they didn’t know were possible. It’s pretty extraordinary.

How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
There is already a major shift happening that I’m super excited about. My clients and I have a very close relationship and over the past year have been very vocal about wanting more. One day I finally decided to listen and will be launching a Community Wellness Event business later this year. The events will focus on educating the community about all things wellness. These events will be sponsored by local businesses and will provide actionable, educational tools related to the mind, body, nutrition, and community.

People are awake. They’re asking questions. They are thirsty for knowledge about wellness and all that it encompasses. Wellness isn’t a trend, it’s a lifestyle, a lifestyle that allows people to live the healthiest lives they’ve ever lived. People want to get involved with their communities, they care about the environment and how the products we use affect it and their bodies. This is a revolution. We’re in the midst of a very powerful era. Wellness is expanding and it’s expanding quickly and in a big way. I think that people are hungry to connect more than ever, to connect in a way that will change the world, that will change their lives, their health, and the health of the people around them. The wellness industry is just getting started, sky’s the limit.

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