Teacher Feature - Jeanne Holden

My children often say that there is mom before yoga and mom after. The mom before yoga was working in the family business, racing from sport practices to games, attending school meetings and events, with very little time for herself.

I was stressed, short fused and in need of a change.

I had taken yoga classes while in college and remembered how wonderful I would feel after a practice. In 1999 I walked through the Columbia Yoga Center doors and began taking classes. It wasn't long before I was hooked! I began to notice improved health and fitness in my body and certain behaviors started to fall away. My family noticed the change — I was peaceful, centered and full of joy.

After taking classes for several years, and at the urging of my mentor and teacher Kathy Donnelly, I completed YTT 200 in 2007 and RYT 500 in 2013, both at Columbia Yoga Center.

I often ask my students what brings them to yoga. The answers vary, but the most common reason is to reduce stress. It was what brought me to yoga 16 years ago.

Yoga is a mind-body practice that offers wide-ranging physical benefits. It's about exploration and discovery and finding balance in our fast-paced world, and learning to stand tall with confidence even when the winds of your world are swirling around you.

I am honored and blessed to have been teaching at the Columbia Yoga Center since 2008. My teaching style is alignment-based yoga with emphasis on matching movement with breath. I enjoy sharing my journey and love of the practice with students in a fun, playful way. Please join me for a class and let the practice align your body and spirits!

"Yoga is the unifying art of transforming dharma into action, be it through inspired thought, properly nurturing our children, a painting, a kindness or an act of peace that forever moves humanity forward. " ~ Micheline Berry