I have deep love and respect for the practice of Yoga as a path of awakening. While training for a marathon in 1998 I took my first Hatha Yoga class, which led me to complete the first of many Teacher Training programs beginning in 2002. The personal transformation I receive from this practice is the gateway to share this amazing practice with others and in 2005 I opened the doors of Rancho Bernardo Yoga. With more than 2000 hours of formal Yoga training it with great honor I have had and continue to study with several master Yoga teachers. I am dedicated to being of service and to the healing and transformative power of Yoga as a life practice. My classes emphasize alignment and weave inspiring Yoga philosophy that celebrates life and honors the light of the individual heart and the heart of the community. I am humbly grateful to the wisdom, grace and technical knowledge I have received from my teachers. With a full and grateful heart, I share my life with my beloved husband of 21 years and two big hearted, slobbering Newfoundlands.
I began practicing yoga in 2007 and after four years of gym yoga, took my first class at Rancho Bernardo Yoga with the amazing Jeanne Stone on my birthday back in 2011. The community that Jeanne has spent so long creating was exactly what I needed in my life. At the urging of my family, some pretty amazing students and teachers at RB, I completed my yoga teacher training in 2012 and started teaching here immediately. My teaching stye has ebbed and flowed since that day but I have found the perfect way to blend my knowledge of yoga, anatomy, body mechanics, and strength training into a yoga practice that honors where you are in your life. In class we practice how yoga brings profound awareness of all that you are and can be! Whether I am teaching my level 1, all levels, intermediate, or level 2, I have found that I truly enjoy helping people of all ages, sizes, and abilities to discover the benefits of yoga and the endless possibilities of what it can bring to your life. I continue to study and draw inspiration from all of the amazing yoga teachers and students at Rancho Bernardo Yoga!
I have a deep love and respect for the practice of yoga and a genuine commitment to my yoga home at RB Yoga. I have flowed in and out of yoga practice since my college days, but I guess you could call me a yoga late bloomer! In my 50’s I decided to get serious. It started with a personal goal in 2013 to fully integrate the practice into my life and go to class at least 5 times a week! Mission accomplished, I thrived in 2013 and realized the amazing mental, physical and spiritual benefits to a dedicated yoga practice. The teachers at RB Yoga equally instruct and inspire. I decided in 2014 to complete the 200 hour teacher training at the seat of the remarkable Jeanne Stone. I am now so excited and honored to share my practice and the lessons I continue to learn daily from my beloved RB Yoga teachers with my own students.
I began practicing Hatha yoga in 2010 to deal with health issues related to stress and overtraining and was immeditately impressed by the sense of balance and awareness that this practice brought to my life. Practicing and teaching yoga helps me continually re-commit to my life’s purpose – To live with love, integrity, joy, continuously learning, listening, coaching and teaching. I listen to, nurture, and challenge practitioners to support their overall health, recognizing we practice for many different reasons. I also teach iRest© Yoga Nidra – based on ancient yogic teachings and adapted for the western mind and culture, iRest is both an educational process that focuses on physical, psychological and spiritual well-being and a meditative path to awakening. I am blessed to be married to my best friend, Lisa, since 1989, and am the proud father of our daughter Megan, and our son Will. When not at work or on the mat, you may find me at the beach surfing and bodysurfing, or running and playing with my family. Peace.
I have been practicing yoga since 2001 and teaching since 2008. I love the feeling of togetherness and support that breathe throughout my classes. Yoga’s principals of compassion and acceptance creates an atmosphere of authentic connection between myself and my students and between student to student. We greet each practice with encouragement and celebrate the challenge with laughter and awareness of how our bodies respond to postures designed to open and release any tension that is stored in the body. As we age practicing balance and strengthening our core improves quality of life. I try to create a class that is light and filled with laughter as you become more skillful. My answer is always ‘because you can.’
Jenifer Gaudren is a licensed massage therapist, certified holistic nutrition consultant, certified Therapeutic Yoga instructor, Reiki Master, and shamanic healing practitioner. She is a graduate of the School of Healing Arts, San Diego, CA. She holds a certificate of medical massage from the LMT Success Group. She is licensed by the state of California and certified by the National Board of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork. Jenifer is also a member of the Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals.
Jenifer is trained in many therapeutic bodywork modalities, including medical massage, therapeutic yoga, reiki and shamanic journeywork. She utilizes many techniques in order to best facilitate healing in each person she works with. Each session is based on the intention of the client so they may find balance, both physically and emotionally.
Jenifer believes that balance can be achieved by everyone, and loves to contribute to the healing journey of others. She values and strives for integrity and grace. She enjoys being in nature, running and hiking.
As a long time runner and cyclist I was looking for a way to stay injury free and was immediately drawn to yoga initially for its physical benefits but then realized the spiritual benefits of yoga as well. I have been practicing yoga for over 13 years and received my RYT-200 hour certification from Jeanne Stone at Rancho Bernardo Yoga. I continue to study and draw inspiration from all of the amazing yoga teachers in the San Diego yoga community and continue to deepen my yoga practice and education by attending yoga workshops and training. My classes are laced with a sense of humor. With a great sense of joy and full commitment to teaching yoga, I offer a practice that is safe, nurturing and inspirational — whether you are a true beginner or a seasoned practitioner. I hope to see you on your mat soon at Rancho Bernardo Yoga!