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 is currently not instructing any classes.