Jennifer Haydu, Owner, Instructor & Movement Artist
Jennifer has more than 20 years experience teaching and training clients of all ages. She holds national certifications as a personal trainer, medical exercise specialist, Pilates & yoga instructor. Her coaching style is a product of solid credentials, teaching experience, and her passion for lifelong learning. After many years in the dance world, both as a performer and teacher, she works with particular attention to posture, body mechanics & core strength. As a devoted yoga practitioner and teacher she integrates many of those principles into her coaching.
One of those principles is the importance of connection with nature. Our personal ecosystem must be understood as part of the larger web and cycles of nature. Health and sustainability are the natural result of individuals and communities that honor that feedback loop.
Just as nature is always changing and evolving, so our own health and well being is a life long journey. Movement is a way to nourish ourselves on that journey, to play and to create art at any age or stage of life.
But just as movement is a gift and joy, so is stillness and surrender. Being an active participant in our own health is crucial, but so is the ability to receive nourishment in subtle and quiet ways. Over the last several years, Jennifer has been cultivating a practice in Thai Yoga Massage. This healing art is based on the transmission of Metta, or loving-kindness. “I am continually humbled at the healing power and grace of this practice. Coming to the practice has been such a profound gift in my life, and it is a great joy to share it.”
Recently Jennifer completed the Yoga Therapy training program with the Niroga Institute in Berkeley, CA and is doing outreach to teachers and schools in Monterey on stress resilience and Dynamic Mindfulness training. She continues to explore a dialogue with professionals in related fields, and collaborate with artists, healers and community activists of all kinds. She teaches dance, yoga and creative movement in Monterey schools in partnership with the Arts Council of Monterey.