Jennine Van Schepen
Cultivating a committed yoga practice is one of the most important choices I have made in my life. Over the last 7 years, my practice and relationship with yoga has shifted endlessly and it has certainly been the constant that continues to guide me home.
Reflecting back I can see that my previous self was motivated mostly by the element of change. I found new levels of endurance and flexibility through the intensity of hot yoga- my body was becoming stronger and my mind was finally relaxing. In 2011, I received my certification from Tula Yoga and began teaching Hatha and Vinyasa after moving to Parry Sound, Ontario. Yoga was fairly underground in this beautiful town on Georgian Bay and I was blessed to have the opportunity to share my passion at an independent fitness studio where many people were new to the practice. After a couple years I decided to rent my own yoga space which I immediately deemed “Garden of Yoga” being that the entire south side of the room looked into a wild garden! During this time I began to realize that my seemingly healthy interest in change was causing an imbalance. Since many of my motives were improvement based and Yang driven, I was failing to find pause and enjoy the moment- to be thankful for my present state of being. I began to research and incorporate aspects of Vin yoga into my practice and classes. This shift allowed both sides of yoga (and myself) to be explored, as learning to relax into yourself is equally as important as creating a dynamic flow. I feel that inhabiting this balance partnered with the breath gives us a greater capacity to endure the ripples and waves in life, to stay grounded and to be present day to day. I am so grateful to be here now ~ at Shakti and look forward to uncovering the moment with you on be mat.