About Jennie Lee
Do you think it is possible to truly live in JOY?
I KNOW that it is! AND I have had my fair share of difficulties in life. That is why I write and coach using the ancient teachings of Yoga as the basis of all that I do, because they are what enabled me to find true happiness and live it every day.
Years ago my life was anything but joyful as I dealt with a rocky marriage, a colicky baby, and an impending move away from my career in Hollywood, friends, my horse and all things familiar. Add in some depression and things weren’t looking good.
I was in a master’s program at the time studying Spiritual Psychology and practicing physical yoga for stress relief. That year, I wrote my thesis on a plan of action that I imagined would bring me back to happiness that I called Joy Therapy. As I continued studying yoga I found my way to Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, a compilation of teachings that are the foundational text for ‘inner’ yoga practice. In the Sutras, we are given directions for managing every stressor life could possibly throw our way.
I have practiced these teachings now for almost 20 years. I have been through grief, loss, anger, depression, anxiety, single parenting and more, and the principles of ‘True Yoga’ always bring me back to center. Of course I still have down days, times when I lose my strength and trust momentarily, feel sad or frustrated by life. But the net is there under me when I fall. It takes effort, commitment, and faith but the practices of inner and outer yoga have never failed me.
Eventually I realized that my thesis on joy was actually very similar to the path to freedom outlined in the Yoga Sutras and I started counseling based solely on their spiritual wisdom. After living these practices in my own life and sharing them with hundreds of clients, I now have tons of proof that yoga philosophy holds every answer we need to live a happy, fulfilling life, no matter what challenges arise. You no longer need to be limited by old beliefs, experiences or conditioning. You can be free and happy now. This is what I want to share with you – the approach and application of yoga therapy so that your life can be filled with love, beauty, peace and joy!
Some fun facts about Jennie
My first yoga class ever was in Santa Monica, CA with Power Yogi Bryan Kest. From that day, I knew that yoga would be in my life forever. I have studied Astanga, Kundalini, Vinyasa, Kripalu, Yin, Restorative and so much more.
I practiced all the way through my first pregnancy. Now my son does yoga too.
My favorite physical postures (asana) are balances! I love to do them on the side of cliffs in Hawaii. It makes my husband very nervous.
Meditation is my spiritual practice. Combining energy control (pranayama), focus (dharana) and FAITH, it is what keeps me grounded and able to move beyond the tough hits life sends.
Sadly, my second child died at birth. Grief led me to deeper study of the spiritual aspects of the Yoga Sutras. Yoga philosophy and meditation became my therapy and helped me heal.
I meditate almost every day. And boy do I notice if i miss one!
First and foremost my guru is Paramahansa Yogananda. He wrote the classic Autobiography of a Yogi. If you haven’t read it, you must! It changed my life and instilled the understanding and love for meditation in me. His wisdom guides me daily.
Additionally I have been blessed to study with Amma (Mata Amritanandamayi), Nischala Joy Devi, Joseph LePage, Richard Freeman, Gary Kraftsow, Rama Jyoti Vernon, Richard Miller, Bryan Kest, Baron Baptiste, Beryl Bender Birch, Krishna Das, Shakti Gawain, Anodea Judith, Sat Bir Khalsa, Antonio Sausys, Erich Schiffman, Mukunda Stiles, Max Strom and Janet Stone.
Also the writings of these fabulous teachers have inspired my practice: Sri Swami Satchidananda, B.K.S. Iyengar, T.K.V. Desikachar, Donna Farhi, Amy Weintraub, Stephen Cope, Sally Kempton, Judith Hanson Lasater, Michael Singer, Mark Nepo, Charlotte Bell, Gabor Mate, David Frawley, Georg Feuerstein, Stephen Levine, Thich Nhat Hanh, Vasant Lad, Eknath Easwaran, Brene Brown, Ram Dass, Bernard Bouanchaud, Henri Nouwen and so many more.
There is probably a Sanskrit word for surfing. If you know it, will you email me? When I am not coaching or writing these days, you will find me on a wave. If I am lucky, my son and husband are there too. I grew up in Southern California playing Beach Boys music, but it took me until I was in my 40’s before I had the nerve to try surfing myself. I wish I hadn’t waited so long!
A few things from the resume...
- Author of True Yoga: Practicing With the Yoga Sutras for Happiness and Spiritual Fulfillment (releasing January 2016 Llewellyn Worldwide)
- 20 years experience in Yoga Philosophy & Practice, Meditation Studies & Self Development
- Certified Process Therapist (aka Somatic Therapy or Body Centered Psychotherapy)
- Master’s Degree Candidate: Spiritual Psychology
- Writer for Huffington Post, Mind Body Green, Yoga Therapy Today Magazine, Common Ground Magazine, Gaiam TV – My Yoga Online, Yogi Times, Wellness.com, Conscious Moms Online, BlogHer, Living the Truth.com, and Yoga Finder.
- International Retreat Facilitator
- Speaker on the Benefits & Practices of Yoga, Meditation, Mindfulness, Wellness
- Workshop Developer & Facilitator: Yoga of Love & Devotion, Gratitude Yoga, Yoga of Imagination, Yoga of Conscious Trust, Implementing Conscious Change, Sri Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras: the 8 Limbs of Yoga, The 10 Components of Wellness, Steps to Consciousness, Authenticity and Wellness, Conquering Fear, Chakra Clearing, and Opening to More Joy
- Professional Member of International Association of Yoga Therapists, National Association of Professional Women and the Screen Actors Guild