“That’s what it is to be human, I think – to be both someone and no one at once, to hold a particular identity in the world (our names, our place of origins, our family and affectional ties) and to feel that solid set of ties also capable of dissolution, slipping away, as we become moments of attention.  .  .What we are is attention, a quick physical presence in the world, a bright point of consciousness in a wide field from which we are not really separate. That, in a field of light, we are intensifications of that light.” – Mark Doty

I provide in-home movement and meditation lessons, as well as hands-on bodywork, in the New York City area. Certified in Yoga and Zero Balancing, with long-term study of Daoist Qigong and meditation practices, I am passionate about sharing methods for being with, honoring, and transforming our bodies, hearts, and lives. The pace of modern, urban life— along with the physical distance from a connection to deeper nature—can create feelings of fatigue and disconnection. What I share are ancient and timeless ways for integrating the body, mind, and spirit with the greater natural world/cosmos, no matter where we live.

Most people have heard of—and even tried—Yoga. What, then, is Qigong? Qigong is a way of connecting to and cultivating vital life energy, both within us and around us.  It is a form of DaoYin, meaning “opening to clear the way”; we can call it Daoist Yoga, moving and breathing practices that prepare us for realization. The particular lineage of Qigong that I teach has shamanic roots, meaning it is in part intended for self-healing, becoming whole. We begin with getting our energy flowing, releasing stagnation, and finding our connection to the earth/cosmos, then build on this through both movement and  meditation. You do not need to be in any specific physical shape, or have particular skills, to practice these ancient forms. For Hatha Yoga, I teach everything from deeply restorative yoga to more vigorous vinyasa. We can drop into wordless spaces that foster our sense of play and creativity. This need not result in artwork, but rather is our natural state of being.

The bodywork I offer, Zero Balancing, was created by Dr. Fritz Smith, Osteopath and Acupuncturist. It is a holistic, hands-on bodywork that amplifies health and vitality through balancing body energy with body structure. Sessions can reduce discomfort and pain, promote postural alignment, and release tissue held memory. Zero Balancing is a tactile way of experiencing the relationship between your physical body and that which we cannot see, using gentle touch and attention to support integration and wholeness. It can allow for expanded states of consciousness, quiet insight, and knowing. I find that hands-on touch and energy work are great complements to movement and meditation practices. They can simply help you release, enjoy, and become more aware on the physical level, or they can elicit a subtle alchemical journey – usually some of both!

In addition to Zero Balancing, I have studied energy work through the modality of SourcePoint Therapy. I have practiced and taught movement and meditation since 2003, and studied herbalism and plant medicine since 2013. Each of these teaches me about listening within and without, doing and non-doing, giving and receiving.  They have been my places of peace, inspiration and joy through times of health, injury, and sickness. I offer private sessions tailored to your individual needs. Please see the tabs above for more information on my background and teachers. I look forward to seeing you soon!

Warmly,

Jennifer

“With nature’s help, humankind can set into creation all that is necessary and life sustaining.” – Hildegard von Bingen

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