Welcome to this space of 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.
Positively Well & Zen
Hi! I’m Jen, here to guide you in 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.
My Background in Movement
During my 17-year teaching career in Spanish language & culture and English Language to Speakers of Other Languages, my stress relief consisted of my yoga practice, running, and strength training. My yoga teachers at Life Time had encouraged me to complete teacher training, so when my twins were born and I decided to raise them at home speaking only Spanish to them, the stars aligned.
In 2015 I completed my first of 5 marathons, the picturesque top-rated city race Twin Cities Marathon, just days before my twins turned 2 years old. The following spring Life Power Yoga trained me in their signature formats, and in 2018 I completed the most physically and mentally gruelling event of my life, The Boston Marathon – harder than my twins – two months after moving to San Diego. I took my love of teaching yoga with me and also added AFAA group fitness certification in 2020.
In 2022, I returned to the St. Paul, MN area with my twins, 3 cats, and BRF (best running friend) Barkley, and became a NASM Certified Personal Trainer to better serve my students in their fitness goals.
Going back to 2015, that was also the year that I was introduced to the Clean Beauty movement Beautycounter launched. 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, my passion for functional (whole body systems) and holistic wellness helps me tailor our work together to precisely what your needs are and to move at YOUR pace so that your new habits and lifestyle sticks with you for LIFE.