Jenny Finkel

After graduating from college in 2001 with a degree in Human Sexuality and minors in Theatre, French, and Art History, I began my professional career in New Orleans with a series of unusual jobs: zoo train driver, plantation tour guide, and conference planner for medical education events. For five years, I also worked as a Standardized Patient for Tulane Medical School. This job entailed acquiring a functional knowledge of human anatomy, working directly with the medical students and medical school faculty, and using my body as a tool for the teaching and assessing of clinical skills. This experience would prove to be very useful in my eventual full-time career as a yoga teacher.

I began my yoga practice at age 12 after reading an article in Seventeen magazine. I had scoliosis, asthma, and an extreme aversion to gym class and competitive sports. Yoga was the first physical endeavor that allowed me to feel in control of my own body—with postural and breathing benefits, to boot.

In 2010, I pursued my 200hr teaching certification, followed by a 500hr certification in Therapeutic Yoga for Cancer, and have been teaching yoga full-time ever since. After moving to Chicago in 2011, I received 40hr Barre and AFAA group fitness certifications, and have expanded my teaching to include other fitness modalities.

I believe in the power of breath, movement, and alignment. I believe that yoga should be accessible to everyone, regardless of age or ability. I teach a powerful practice with a light heart. Students should come equipped with a sense of humor and a spirit of adventure!