Teacher Spotlight : Jennifer Craig
What was your first yoga experience?
I first came onto the mat in September of 1999, about 5 months after having had to drop out of the Boston Marathon due to a calf injury. I decided that I needed to stretch my muscles, but did not realize until 90 minutes later, that I had come home. I cried in Savasana. It had been a very hard power yoga class, and I was dripping in sweat, but I loved the breath, and movement, and have not stopped practicing ever since!
What made you become a yoga teacher?
I think it was in the back of my mind for many years but never seemed like a practical thing for me to take the time in the midst of raising children and working full-time. Then, I took a break from the Boston job to focus on myself a bit, and it simply surfaced. Ame Wren, one of my favorite teachers was opening a yoga school. I could not resist-and am so thrilled that I did!
What is your favorite pose and why?
I love triangle pose because it feels graceful and “all opening”. I also think it is a pretty pose… and I love when I teach it and everyone is in it together.
Where do you draw inspiration from for your classes?
Wow-that is a tough question, because I integrate small things that are meaningful from many teachers. I can’t even single out anyone because there are a dozen “favorite” teachers. I will say, Larisa Forman has been amazingly instrumental in my finding the deeper meaning of yoga and incorporating the philosophy into my life and practice and teaching.
I also draw inspiration from my students. I have learned to listen to the class, the collective energy of the room, and to teach accordingly. I rarely pre-plan a class, but merely go in with a few concepts and feel what is right for that particular group of students.
What are the most important elements of your own yoga practice?
Regular practice is key to me. I love being in class and surrendering to the teacher and the other students. I also find my own home practice yields some new ideas that are unique and helpful and I have learned to trust that as much as learning from other teachers!
I also study regularly- the Yoga Sutras, Body alignment, anatomy, physiology and yoga journals.
What is your favorite season and why?
Spring - Rebirth
What do you cherish the most?
My husband, children, and friends.
I love Rumi-who always seems to get it right…
You are a song, a wished for song.
Go through the ear to the center,
where sky is, where wind,
where silent knowing.
Put seeds and cover them.
Blades will sprout
where you do your work...!