CPLC, MA, LMT, RYT-500e, C-iayt
She was raised in the swampland and settled in the mountains. North Central Florida provided a wonderful opportunity for growing up. Florida was filled with magic; Spanish moss, alligators, algae covered ponds, and incredible flora that seemed to flourish all year long. The practice of yoga found Jen when she was 21 years old and immediately swept her away. The question that hooked her, however, had nothing to do with flexibility. It was this question that had her coming back again and again: Why did I think my forward bend needed to be better than anyone else's? That one question stopped her in her tracks and she knew there was much more to yoga than sitting on a mat, relaxing or stretching.
Over the past decade and a half, life has provided Jen with amazing opportunities to explore the philosophical teachings of yoga on and off the mat. This journey brought her to Maine and Vermont, where she worked in private practice for seven years and then helped direct the international school for yoga therapy known as Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy (PRYT). Over this time she reconnected with her love of anatomy through a six day human dissection course. She studied yoga with world renown and quite humble teachers. She was asked to be an adjunct faculty teaching Applied Yoga Philosophy at College of the Atlantic. Once she moved to Vermont to help with PRYT she fulfilled a dream of traveling the country to teach yoga workshops. While she does not travel to teach as much these days, she can still be found once or twice a year in Vermont teaching Applied Yoga Philosophy. Towards the end of her stay on the east coast, Jen crafted yoga therapy curriculum that is still taught at Phoenix Rising today.
Currently, Jen has found home where her soul lives; in the mountains and valleys of northwest Montana. She currently has a small private practice where she offers bodywork and yoga therapy. She is also a full time residential counselor at Summit Preparatory School, a therapeutic boarding school located in Kalispell, Montana. She is finishing up her Masters of Science in Counseling and is looking forward to integrate body-centered practices with counseling services. Jen finds that the population of people who tend to be drawn to her services are those working with loss, grief, death, and other major life transitions.
For more information on Jen and the components that have made up her life journey click on the following links:
Yoga Philosophy for Everyone, Chapter 1 by Jennifer Munyer
Summit Preparatory School
Yogarupa Rod Stryker - Parayoga Tradition
Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy
College of the Atlantic
Goddard College - MA in Arts and Sciences, concentration in Alternative forms of organizational structure
Gil Hedley - Human Dissection Course
Florida School of Massage