Another inspiring Q&A with Jala Ambassador Jen McNally.
Q. What first got you interested in yoga? When did you know you wanted to be an instructor?
A. It was about four years ago; I was in a stressful job that I loved and wanted to learn how to relax and get some exercise. Then I took my first Kundalini Yoga class and realized it was much more than just relaxing and getting exercise! I did not know I wanted to be an instructor; I even started Teacher Training with the intention to just deepen my experience of yoga and develop a daily practice. I only realized I wanted to teach when we started doing practicums at the end of training.
Q. What kind of yoga do you practice?
A. I practice Kundalini Yoga and Meditation, which is a very spiritual form of yoga that involves kriya (exercise), pranayama (breath work), mantra, and meditation. The goal is to raise your consciousness and feel connected to your highest self.
Q. What's your favorite kind of clothes to wear during your practice?
A. I love to wear nice, comfy but form-fitting “yoga” pants, and a racerback tank top. As a Kundalini teacher we wear mostly white to strengthen our projection, and cover the crown of our heads.
Q. Do you have a certain snack or meal that you like to eat before or after your practice? What keeps you energized?
A. I try not to eat before yoga, but a banana or trail mix are good if you need something to get you through. I love love love drinking tea while chanting, or after class while socializing with other students.
Q. What are your goals for the future? Do you have any aspirations to further your knowledge of yoga?
A. My goals are to build my classes in Redondo Beach and Huntington Beach, and to begin organizing retreats. I love to travel and love to teach yoga, so it seems like the best possible combination. I would also love to take the higher-level teacher trainings in Kundalini Yoga, but my ultimate goal is to strengthen my own daily, spiritual practice as it reaps rewards in every area of my life.
Q. If you could give one piece of advice to the young aspiring yogi's out there, what would it be?
A. To young yogis I would say: Do something yoga-related every day, even if it is just three minutes of conscious breathing. Also, don’t take it (or yourself) too seriously- it’s only yoga.