Jeni James lives and teaches in NYC and leads several retreats a year around the world from California to Belize and more.
What is your favorite retreat place (as a teacher or an attendee)? Why?
I’m really excited about this retreat in Sonoma because there is a richness in the earth from the vineyards. The area gives a feeling of creation and growth and abundance which is great energy for yoga practice. Anywhere we can practice outside is also great to really connect with nature.
What was your most profound moment while taking a retreat?
Recently at the Omega, Being Yoga retreat, I had a moment in a Kundalini class where I experienced complete surrender to the universe. It felt amazing and supportive and full of love.
Who were you mostly influenced by? (teachers, family, friend, mentors…)
I feel my practice today is a culmination of all my teachers from the last 10 years of practice. Beginning to take yoga in Arizona, then a short time in Connecticut, now in NYC, I have gotten to experience a lot of teachers and styles. The practice is like life, the present is a best practices mixture of everything from the past and the journey continues, always evolving and creating a new present of best practices.
Where do you live and what is a typical day like for you?
I just moved to NYC which has been a dream of mine since I was little. A typical day consists of yoga, meditation, working on my business, enjoying nature in some capacity, and teaching.
What do you love most about teaching yoga?
I love seeing the transformation in the students as they evolve on their mats. Typical students are yogis that are looking for more in their lives to support their authentic selves and have come to yoga to go within and find that path.
What is the greatest challenge you have overcome because of yoga?
The biggest challenge I have overcome is to be ok with change and to be able to sit in a space of being uncomfortable.
What advice do you have for people who have never taken a yoga retreat?
My advice for people is to go and do it, whatever supports your passion in your practice. By dedicating that time to yourself, your body, and your journey, you start a momentum to change and you start seeing amazing things happen in your life. I have never met anyone or been on a retreat myself that I didn’t come back from changed for the better.
What makes the retreats you lead special?
My retreats are designed to connect you with your intuition, unveil your divine gifts, and put you on your path to living your dreams. They are special because they will open a new dimension to people and give them the tools to fulfill their desires.
You have some retreats coming up, tell us a little about them.
Sonoma September 16th – 20th, Belize November 10th – 14th, Puerto Rico January and February 2013, England August 2013.
A typical retreat day is asana practice, breakfast, a treatment session from some amazing healers, free time to relax, lunch, more free time, then asana, and dinner. There are also local activities wrapped into the schedule. For Sonoma, there will be wine tasting, for Belize, there will be a sunset cruise, snorkeling, and kayaking.
For more information on Jeni’s upcoming retreats, check out Sonoma Wine Country Yoga Retreat, September 2012 and Connect with your Passion Retreat – Belize, Nov 2012