Hailing from Canada, Jen Willms took the Canadian motto to heart. A Mari Usque ad Mare meaning “from sea to sea” is pretty much how Jen chased her yoga dreams.
A dancer, Jen came to yoga by way of Pilates and Barre classes at Balance Studio. It was there that she discovered yoga. A globetrotter, Jen completed her 200-hour yoga training with Sarah Powers in Costa Rica. Recently she obtained her RYT 500, a yoga learning experience that took her to exotic places like Thailand and Bali, the mythically beautiful Wales, the west coast cities of Santa Cruz and Santa Monica, the scenic NY Catskills and the New England beauty of colonial Barre, MA.
Jen, a self-professed lover of organization and order said she learns something about her students and herself whenever she teaches yoga. “I love that every time I walk into the studio, I don’t know who will be there or what will unfold”, she said. Although she always has a plan, how it plays out is influenced by how things naturally unfold in that particular moment. This is the magic of yoga and it has taught Jen to trust herself knowing that she is guided by this five thousand year old enlightening process.
Jen’s favorite pose is Half Moon because it’s challenging and freeing and it demands that you trust yourself while the yin pose butterfly allows Jen to be contemplative, reflective, and peaceful.
Jen and her husband Rob moved from Canada to Cohasset 25 years ago. They live with their 18-year old son Max, a freshman in college in Canada and their 16-year old son Bayden who is a junior at Tabor Academy. She credits her yellow lab Biscuit with teaching her the joy of walking, which they do together daily, either solo or accompanied by family or friends. Jen reads every day and enjoys being outdoors gardening or paddle boarding along Cohasset’s beautiful coast (which would be difficult in her homeland since Canada has the world’s longest coastline.)