Jenny Hannah holds formal trainings in Psychology, Yoga, and Art. Her approach to the bodymind is fueled by her extensive studies, offering a gentle yet direct method to holistic wellbeing. Her insight and trainings in psychological group dynamics are a unique skill in the field of Yoga, giving her a heartfelt appreciation and understanding of the potentcy of group practice and the subtle spaces between human relationships.
Jenny’s journey as a teacher began in 2007 when she received her certification as a Hatha Yoga instructor. For 17 years, she has studied several styles of movement and Yoga including Ashtanga, Iyengar, Kundalini, and since 2008, she has heavily woven therapeutic bio-mechanics into the conversation.
Remaining connected to the intuitive and felt sense of the body, her dynamic precision is supported by Yogic Philosophy, Anatomy, and examining the nature of early life forms—all of which inspire her fiery passion for both teaching and practicing. In class, she seeks to facilitate a co-creative space where we experience the timelessness of our bodymind, as it touches the Earth.
How did she stumble upon yoga?
Very. Personally. In 2001, Jenny suffered a serious low back injury. She was hit by a car while riding a bicycle on her way to a philosophy class. After being diagnosed with a vertebral disk injury and a recommendation for back surgery, she attempted several strategic and panicky escape routes from pain, including but not limited to massive amounts of yoga. She soon discovered the methods she was using always continued to lead her to the same place—disappointment. One day, a sudden change arose and instead of attacking or chasing these painful signs, she would respond and welcome this particularly annoying call of a literal pain in the back! It was at this time, when the dialogue of yoga was revealed, and the rediscovery of this precious and delicate embodiment began.
In the formal world, she holds a B.A. in Studio Art from California State University, Los Angeles. With an emphasis in Relational Performance/Socially Engaged Art, her work focused on the usage of public spaces, encouraging communities to explore how posture informs collective consciousness and physical evolution. Her series “current” explored mirror neurons within transitional spaces, engaging audiences to participate and examine their postures in relation to the environment and society; the graveyard as a depository, the gallery as a viewer, and a college campus building as a creative institution.
A true renaissance woman and devoted yogini of Art, science, and social engagement, her volunteer work in the LA community began as campus director for Greenpeace at the ripe age of twenty. She has since served an all women yoga class, Food not Bombs, Barrio Action, and countless non-profits, engaging in a vast array of activity to ignite social awareness and supportive communities.
Having received an M.A. in Psychology from Phillips Graduate Institute, with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy and Art Therapy, she has undergone her practicum trainings at the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, and OPICA, an adult day care facility for elders diagnosed with neurodegenerative diseases. While developing connections with families of trauma, as well as those with severe memory impairment, it became clear that Mindfulness, Art, and Movement proved to be the sharpest tools for communicating in the present moment. Immersed in these Psychotherapeutic relationships with marginalized populations, she eventually found her calling within group facilitation, where the wisdom of the collective could be drawn out through creative exploration and dynamism, almost rhythmically through group process. Extending beyond language and often relying on subtle yet direct exchanges, the tools of Mindfulness, Art and Movement harmoniously joined to develop an open and collaborative exchange of unwavering strength and deep healing in the human heart.
Jenny continually draws inspiration from her dedicated studies in Post-Modern Art, Psychology, Anatomy, Neuroscience, and Meditation. For her Master’s thesis, she wove these many passions together, compiling three years of research to design a 6-week program incorporating Mindfulness Based Art Therapy to treat symptoms of Trauma in Refugee Youth.
A partner in marriage for nearly ten years, she is also one of eight siblings, and a proud Los Angles native. Her 13 pound rescue named Django is named after the gypsy-jazz guitarist (not the Tarantino film).
Jenny bows deeply to her many teachers, who seem to arise in various ways…and boy, are they in the darnedest of places.