Jenna Wade Stewart


Why yoga?
I discovered yoga a decade ago while living the dorm life my first year in college and struggling with who I was, where my life was headed, how I needed to look, act, and feel. I remember my first vinyasa class, looking around the room at all the crazy shapes people could make with their bodies. I thought "Nope. I will never be able to do that." But something brought me back. Again and again and again. Suddenly I began to feel freedom from all that was dragging me down. I began to escape external struggles in my everyday life by working through internal struggles on my mat. Life is a constant practice of self-reflection, self-exploration, self-awareness, and self-love. Through consistent practices on my own yoga mat, these elements have begun to weave into my life off the mat. And I want to continue this weaving pattern that I have come to love.

 

Who or what inspires you?
After becoming a registered nurse and living abroad in Australia, I decided to come back to my roots in the Bay Area and delve into my passion for sharing yoga, which brought me to Just Be. I completed Just Be Yoga 200-hour TT fall of 2015. I will forever consider myself a student. Right now currently studying for a Master of Arts in Holistic Health Education with Nutrition Specialization and working at a wellness clinic in East Oakland. Access to healthy lifestyle choices for vulnerable populations is what drives me.

 

Three adjectives that describe you and your teaching style:
Healing. Caring. Serving all.

 

Where are you the most fearlessly authentic in your life?
I have grown aware that a culture of 'wellness' in our country translates to being thin. I am a strong believer that wellness doesn't start with the shedding of fat tissue. It starts in the shedding of social influence, attitudes, self-blame, alienation from resources or a sense of community, and the feeling of hopelessness created in socio-political struggles. I try to incorporate this awareness into the choices I make, the ways in which I teach, interact with others, and talk to myself.

 

What is something not a lot of people know about you?
People are usually surprised when they see me eat kiwi's whole, skin and all. I surprise people when I say F*@& for the first time. Or tell stories about what a rebellious teen I used to be. I am grateful to have grown out of that phase in life... But I still enjoy bending rules.



Jenna Wade Stewart instructs the following:
  • Deep Yoga
  • This dynamic class is designed to connect you to your physical body and your spiritual ethereal body. Come prepared to witness your experience in this class, because each class is different, we are guided to drop our expectations of yoga and of ourselves. These classes are a unique exploration of how yoga impacts our physical and mental forms both on and off of the yoga mat. You will leave feeling connected, strong, and inspired. Classes are done in a heated or non-heated environment depending on the teacher. Great for all levels.