~I've been a yoga student since 2000 and a teacher since 2006. Currently my practice goes beyond the mat as I partner to raise two young children, and figure out how to explore the evolving landscape of movement in yoga studies while also holding space for all of the people and responsibilities of this human life.
~My teaching is an expression of my life-long love for movement connected to my artistic spirit and creative energy. I create and share my classes in a way that aims to meld knowledge of the connection between physical movement, our emotional and mental states, and honoring the current moment we might be in with it all. I like to feel out the energy of the humans in attendance, plus note the cycles of the moon within our current season to influence what I might teach. I have studied and practiced: hatha yoga, power vinyasa, yin yoga, restorative yoga, kundalini meditations, reiki,…and it continues to flow and weave as part of my yoga practice.
I call my style of yoga Lunar Love Flow and released my book by the same name in 2018! I teach and live in the Somerville (Boston), MA area of New England.
~I love facilitating gatherings such as:
- a Living with the Lunar Cycles workshop to teach others about how they can personally track their life and their practices with intention and awareness to nature’s cycles.
-Seasonal Shift Rituals at each Equinox and Solstice for group meditation and community connection to honor the shifts and be supported by others during it all.
-I'm passionate about gathering with women and teaching yoga specific to women's cycles in life. I have taught Prenatal Yoga classes (for 10 years now), as well as host Yoga for Mamas group classes geared towards supporting motherhood in my community. I truly find the most growth and expansion when gathering honestly with people of all ages, and feel that life transitions (such as menstruation, pregnancy & motherhood, and menopause) have so much to teach us as beings of the Earth.
-Leading mindful travel retreats (for all bodies) that make space for introspection, growth and a shift in perspective is one of my favorite things to do. It always amazes me what is possible when we step out of our daily comfort zones. Most of my retreats tend to take place on islands (such as Iceland, Nantucket, the Azores, and Sicily). I feel a deep reverence and connection to these places that bring all of the elements into a clearer view. I love to share their beauty and power with others.
~Taking a Kids Yoga training was another momentous moment for my path, and one that has helped me continue to share yoga with my kids’ school classes, and to offer occasional Family Yoga classes/events. This 2019-2020 school year, I am now on faculty at a school to share regular yoga with the middle school age set! This is a welcome shift to my inspiration.
~I'm a nature lover + climate change supporter and have the very good fortune to have a life partner who is a horticulturalist/gardener. Grounding myself near trees, gardens, the sea, mountains, deserts…it's all so important to finding gratitude and presence in order to keep making shifts to respect these lives that we live on this planet. I have been inspired by and continue learning about herbalism, plants, astrology, and Earth-centered practices throughout my adult life.
~I contribute regularly to Moon Circles website with #lunarloveflow New Moon or Full Moon Yoga Pose prompts for those moments of the current lunar cycle. You can follow along with those reminders on Instagram, where I do actually enjoy finding connection and feel that it can be a valuable place in our evolving technological world to stay vulnerable and authentic with your art if you wish it to be.
~ I continue to evolve my understanding of the moving body and to refine the subtle art of energy work. I was a competitive athlete since childhood, and so finding yoga continued to ignite my love for moving, but also brought much needed self respect and self trust into the process. It IS still a process and one that I love to share as it evolves for me in my own life. After many years of teaching, I'm passionate about sharing the practice in a way that honors what I’ve learned from my own experience over the last 20 years+, but also what is current in our world. Sharing through vulnerability and an open heart is part of my process.
~The Moon and Earth-based cycling is my biggest teacher. I love learning from all of my amazing friends in my local community, plus some valuable online sources. My teachers are most often friends and fellow hearts in my community rather than well-known gurus. Inspiration abounds from all of the artists, movement educators, bodyworkers, writers, herbalists, farmers, parents, and teachers in my life. My most recent in-person training was with Elena Brower (Art of Attention 100 hour advanced training for teachers in 2013-2014) in NYC where we studied a wide range of modalities with guest modules by teachers such as: Hari Kaur Khalsa, Erica Jago, Abby Paloma, Jill Miller.
I am also energized and influenced by folks combining strength training within a yoga platform and mindset, such as Katy Bowman’s Nutritious Movement education and people like Kathryn Bruni-Young with her Mindful Strength education. And by those who are willing to explore and look at social justice and dissecting why and what we do within our practices that are important. The teachers in this way, are endless, and I am only beginning to crack open deeper ways of communicating and offering awareness on such topics.
*Thank you so much for being interested in my journey and what I love to share through this work. I hope to meet you and experience a part of this life together at some point.
~ Jenn Pici Falk
@jennpfalk on Instagram