Although I’m an environmental scientist by education, my passion for health and wellness has been present since I was a young girl. I first started dancing and practicing yoga in 2008 when I was involved in a winter guard called Ars Nova. At each practice, we would learn ballet and contemporary technique and would also incorporate bits of yoga into our warm-ups. I continued dancing and practicing yoga all throughout college.
In 2014, I moved to Austin for my first job out of Graduate School, and also decided to pursue my first yoga teacher training with Sacred Roots Yoga School. I started my first yoga business, called Wabi-Sabi Health and Wellness, and would teach classes out of my living room. Each weekend, I would move all of the furniture that we had into our kitchen, and lead a practice for about 8 students. I continued my yoga education by pursuing additional training with Sundara Yoga Therapy in 2016, and the first part of my Yoga Therapy certification with Yoga Yoga in 2017.
The end of 2017 and all of 2018 brought one of the most intensely transformative periods of my life. During that period, I navigated a divorce, selling my house, losing close friendships, and processing massive quantities of grief and anger. As isolating as that experience was, it also gave me an opportunity to put into practice the tools that I had learned throughout my various yoga trainings. Ultimately, it solidified my desire to create the wellness studio that I had been dreaming about for nearly 5 years.
In February 2019, I approached Lindsey about the idea of opening a trauma-informed wellness studio in Austin, drawing upon our life experiences as inspiration. We sat on my living room rug drinking coffee, brainstorming names and ideas of what we could contribute to our collective community. Thus, the dream of Body Collective was born and we haven’t looked back since.
Fun fact about Jean
I’m horrible at remembering pop culture facts, but can give you the scientific name of most plants that grow in Texas.