Jen Campbell Munn is a former dancer, pilates instructor, mama to three boys, and a long-time yoga teacher at our studio. This winter, Jen will also be one of the three guides on our inaugural Heart of Yoga Retreat on the Eastern Shore. Read this post to learn more about Jen, her yoga practice, and what she wants to share with you during the retreat.
What brought you to yoga?
I have been a mover and dancer my entire life. Initially, I got into yoga (in 1995) to help my dancing; I was living in New York City at the time and looking for something. What I didn’t know I would find was a path with so much heart, and a path towards greater stability, centeredness and joy in my life.
What is your favorite yoga pose?
Picking only one pose is a challenge for me. My initial response is whatever pose I am in! However, I would say that warrior 2 is one of my favorite poses. It allows me to feel grounded, strong, centered, open and really demands my attention.
Describe your yoga classes in three words.
Warm, mindful and sacred
Who has been your greatest teacher? Why?
My greatest teacher has been my first child, Caelan. He’s now 15 years old, taller and certainly stronger than I, and has a heart of gold (underneath his teenage angst). We have grown up together in some ways. I’ve had to learn to bend and shift how I speak and act—with greater kindness, which then comes back. I’ve also learned about creating clear boundaries, which is a lesson I needed (and some days still need) to learn.
Why do you teach at lil omm?
I teach at Lil Omm because I really wanted to be a part of this beautiful community. I adore Pleasance, and truly appreciate how each teacher, student, child and family together help to create a space of play, yoga, healing and connection for all of us to thrive in.
Many of our students are considering attending the Heart of Yoga retreat this winter. What would you tell them about this event?
I know this event will be a time of joy and growing community connection, as well as a time for reflection and practice. There is something really magical that happens on retreat. Just the drive away from home, and the time spent in the car, the change in the scents of the air, you will feel the pressures of daily living beginning to slip away. Easing out from under that pressure, and gifting yourself the time and space to practice and connect, you will open yourself up to what needs to be heard from within yourself. Each of us has our intuition, but all too often, we are too busy to listen. Retreat is a time of deep listening. And, there is great joy to be found with like-minded yogis!
About our retreat in particular, we will really focus in on practicing from a heart-centered place, and living from this same energy. Through every session, whether meditation, asana, a nature walk, or discussion, we will continue to hone in on what it means to each of us to live from a heart-centered space. We will focus in on practices that cultivate warmth for ourselves, our community and the world at large. We will explore practices that we can take with us and use in our daily life. We really hope you will join us!