Welcome to this space of Functional Health and Movement. Here, we focus on the systems of the body, optimizing your health and wellness holistically. We will work together to calm your nervous system, bring down inflammation, and improve the overall functioning of your body’s systems. We’ll do this step-by-step, with special attention to a whole-foods diet, rest and sleep habits, exercise support, stress reduction and management, and reducing the toxic load of environmental stressors on your body.
Positivity zen and living a cleaner lifestyle — clear of “extras” that may not be helping us live our healthiest lives while adding and maintaining those that are better for us.
Jen is a Functional Health & Wellness Coach, yoga teacher, certified personal trainer, and marathoner. She is your guide in feeling and functioning better in your body using holistic, research-based methods.
She speaks Spanish fluently and is often mistaken as a native speaker!
Jen’s Background in Movement
During her 17-year teaching career in Spanish language & culture and English Language to Speakers of Other Languages, Jen’s stress relief consisted of her yoga practice, running, and strength training. Her yoga teachers at Life Time had encouraged Jen to complete teacher training, so when her twins were born and she decided to raise them in the Spanish language, the stars aligned.
In 2015 she completed the first of 5 marathons, the picturesque top-rated city race Twin Cities Marathon, just days before the twins turned 2 years old. The following spring Life Power Yoga trained her in their signature formats, and in 2018 she completed the most physically and mentally gruelling event of her life, The Boston Marathon – harder than my twins – two months after moving to San Diego. She brought her love of teaching yoga and also added AFAA group fitness certification in 2020.
In 2022, she returned to the St. Paul, MN area with her twins, 3 cats, and BRF (best running friend) Barkley, and became a NASM Certified Personal Trainer to better serve her students in their fitness goals.
Going back to 2015, that was also the year that she was introduced to the Clean Beauty movement Beautycounter launched two years before. I had no idea that the last time the personal care industry had significant regulatory legislation was in 1938, and that the great majority of beauty products we used every day could be doing our bodies harm. Our own founder Gregg Renfrew watched her children’s beloved nanny die of cancer in her 20’s with no family history, provoking her to learn about all the ways she could “go clean” to reduce her family’s exposure to potentially harmful chemicals. When she looked in her bathroom cabinets, she knew she had a problem to be solved through the power of business: High performing beauty products made with the strictest ingredient safety standards the industry had ever seen – going beyond even the EU’s preventative regulation for safer ingredients.
Today, Jen’s passion for functional (whole body systems) and holistic wellness informs your work to precisely what your needs are and to move at YOUR pace so that your new habits and lifestyle sticks with you for LIFE.