What’s in a name? Merriam-Webster defines Jeanne as “Joan of Arc” (French: Jeanne d’Arc). However, I am not French. I was named after my father, Gene (aka Eugene), with the same pronunciation. I appreciate being my dad’s namesake; it keeps him close in heart.
That heart has taken me on a life journey with abundant joys and blessings, as well as significant challenges and loss. For many years, I found respite from life stressors in a regular, vigorous exercise routine, but over time that was not enough. I began a regular yoga practice in 2008. I did not yet understand the “how and why,” but I knew yoga was making a difference. I was better able to manage life challenges and stress. After many years of practice in a variety of studios and styles of yoga, I enrolled in yoga teacher training with the hopes of deepening my practice. Here I learned the meaning of yoga – “to still the fluctuations of the mind.” Yoga is more than exercise. Yoga encourages us to strive for mind-body balance and well-being. My regular yoga practice has carried over to life off the mat, reminding me to just be, to breathe, to respect and honor all beings, to remain humble, to let go.
I founded Humble Hearts Yoga as a way of sharing the bountiful benefits of yoga with others. And so, here I am – a humble heart. It would be my honor to lead you in yoga practice.
Yoga is a practice. I practice with a variety of teachers regularly which provides me with an ongoing education from outstanding teachers in a variety of styles. Over the years my practice has taken me to:
|Boston Yoga School/JP Centre Yoga, Jamaica Plain, MA||September 2018-June 2019|
|Orleans Yoga, Orleans, MA, Orleans, MA||April 2018|
|Prajna Yoga Immersion, Orleans, MA||August 2017|
|Inner Strength Studios, Watertown, MA||February – May 2017|
A great teacher is a great student. My yoga education has only just begun. I consider myself a life-long learner. As a yoga teacher, I will continue to learn from other yoga teachers as well as my students. I am currently participating in Advanced Yoga Teacher training at JP Centre Yoga and expect to earn my RYT-500 certification in June, 2019. I look forward to additional professional training in restorative yoga, adaptive yoga, yoga therapy, as well as nutrition.
|Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT-200)
Yoga Alliance, Arlington, VA
|Adult First Aid/CPR/AED
American Red Cross, Dedham, MA
The way you do anything, is the way you do everything.
The benefits of a regular yoga practice extend to life off-the-mat. I credit yoga for discovering my own inner strength and peace-of-mind, leading to greater balance in all aspects of my life.
For nearly 30 years, my first and foremost priority has been parenting my three daughters. In my humble opinion, parenting is the most important and the most difficult job in the world. Guiding my daughters from infancy into adulthood has presented me with unanticipated challenges, abundant joys, lifelong learning, and boundless love. Kara, KC and Mae are now adult women – compassionate and kind, authentic and intelligent, strong and resilient. It is an honor to be their mom.
I am blessed to share my life with Peter – my husband and partner in life. Our relationship is one of mutual love, respect, and support. From bringing me coffee in bed most mornings, to serving as both “Manager of Buildings and Grounds” and our in-house “IT organization,” to meticulous research and planning of our many hiking adventures and vacations, Peter shares his gifts and regularly gives his all. Besides this website, you can see examples of Peter’s talents and learn more about our shared adventures here.
While my career as a yoga teacher is relatively new, I also have a long-time career in accounting. What do yoga and accounting have in common? In a word, balance. Simply stated, in accounting, debits must equal credits, the ledger must be balanced. Earlier in my career, I balanced parenting and my work as an accountant, having been fortunate to be able to work around my daughters’ school schedules. In hindsight, unbeknownst to me, it is likely my need for balance that ultimately led me to yoga.
In addition to mother, partner and colleague, I also am daughter, sister, friend, aunt, student, volunteer and citizen. However, in order to give myself fully in each of these roles, it is necessary to factor in some “me” time. Airline safety instructions tell us to put on our own oxygen mask before assisting others, and this suggestion should apply when we are on the ground, as well. I personally find self-care in yoga practice, regular exercise, long walks and healthy eating. I have learned to listen to and respect my introverted qualities and need for quiet time. I am becoming better at being mindful – focusing my awareness on the present moment. Mindfulness, like yoga, is a practice.