Hi friends! Jenna Jozefowski here, but you can call me Jenna J. 🙂
I’m a yoga instructor, dancer, dance teacher, and personal trainer who finally got tired of living and working in a world full of diet-culture nonsense. I got fed up with all the “fitspiration” and fat talk. So sick of making myself sick and tired so I could uphold the narrowminded image of what our culture sees as “healthy” and “fit”. But I LOVE what I do, and didn’t want to leave it behind. So I decided to start telling my story, listening to the stories of other women, and making my own rules. And now?
I help women stop letting fitness obsession and body image issues run their lives.
If you are involved in body-focused occupations and activities like I am, you likely deal with daily struggles that come from having your identity wrapped up in your appearance. I give women like you tools to thrive in a world that is constantly giving you harmful messages about your body, and discover your worth beyond that. I unpack the ways that diet culture creeps into our lives, and call BS on mainstream health and fitness myths. And for those of you who also teach and coach: I help you use this knowledge to better care for yourself and be a force for good for others who wish to pursue fitness from a truly healthy place.
Maybe you’re a bit like me?
I used to spend all my free time trying to “earn” calories on the elliptical. I was perpetually trying to shrink myself, mostly wishing that my arms (my biggest body hang up) were smaller. The thought of “getting fat” or “letting myself go” was the the scariest thing that could possibly happen to me. I spent my life either completely avoiding sugar altogether (I actually didn’t eat bananas for about 6 months straight!), or feeling like a savage beast anytime I was in the same room as a birthday cake. Finding yoga helped me to mellow out a bit. But things really came to a screeching halt after I completed 2 rounds of a popular 30 day elimination diet (no sugar, dairy, alcohol, grains, legumes, corn, soy, or joy) and my pants were actually TIGHTER when I finished. WTF? Turns out my hormones were a wreck, and my thyroid was super sluggish. I learned pretty quickly that my body was going to do what it wanted to do, and if I was ever going to be happy I had to figure out how to (GASP!) accept myself as-is.
Easier said than done right?
As someone in the dance AND fitness industry, I KNOW that’s not easy by any means. Mainstream culture is fatphobic enough, and it’s even worse when you are trying to measure up to idealistic physical standards. Through my journey to being more body positive, I’ve discovered that you don’t have to run yourself into the ground to be healthy, fit, or the best version of yourself. In fact, you have plenty of other amazing qualities that have NOTHING to do with your physical appearance, ability, or health! There are plenty of reasons to work out besides burning calories and being “bikini ready”. That it’s okay to eat carbs. That women can do whatever we want, and finding the right kind of movement for you is empowering and can make you feel strong AF. There is no one-size-fits-all approach when it comes to anything–especially when it comes to food and exercise. That diets don’t work.
Most importantly I learned that until you can make peace with your body, you’ll NEVER be satisfied–regardless of how thin you are or how many impressive things you have on your resume.
Can I get an AMEN?!
Speaking of credentials, here are some of mine:
BA in Dance from The University of Akron with a minor in Business Administration
E-RYT 200 (Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher) from White Lotus Foundation
Power Yoga, Hot Power Fusion, CoreRestore, and Yoga Sculpt certifications through CorePower Yoga
NASM Certified Personal Trainer
Body Positive Fitness Alliance Affiliated Professional
Cecchetti Council of America Grade IV Teacher’s Certificate (ballet)
Tap Teacher Training Certificate from the American Tap Dance Foundation
Nearly 15 years of experience teaching dance (tap, ballet, jazz, contemporary)
7 years of experience teaching yoga and group fitness
10 years as a professional dancer (Joel Hall Dancers II, RASA Dance Chicago, Chicago Dance Crash, Chicago Tap Theatre, and many independent choreographers)
Choreographer (Dance Chicago, Inaside Choreographic Sponsorship Event, Rebound Dance Festival, Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival, Kaleidoscope Dance Festival, Chicago Freelance Dance)
A passion for helping others to become the happiest, healthiest, strongest versions of themselves (in every possible sense of those words!)
You can see what some of my colleagues and clients are saying about me here!
Helping women just like you feel good about who they are and how they look RIGHT NOW is my JAM. If you’re ready to let go of the exercise obsessions and body image issues that run your life, AND get smarter about the way you approach health, fitness, and self-care, I’d love to work with you too!
When I’m not dancing, choreographing, yoga-ing, attempting feats of strength and badassery, or teaching/coaching any of the above, I can usually be found wearing one of my many pajama outfits and petting my fur baby Lucky (an adopted Poodle/Coton de Tulear mix). I am a fantastic cook, but only a mediocre baker because I never follow recipes exactly. I have an impressive collection of adult coloring books, though I’m not the biggest fan of adulting. My dance students are a huge inspiration to me, and directing my youth company, Euphony Tap Ensemble, fills me with so much pride and joy. Want to know more? Here are a few things most people don’t know about me…
Jessica Day (Zooey Deschanel’s character on the show “New Girl”) is pretty much my spirit animal. Also, my husband is just like Nick Miller.
There are really only 3 foods that I don’t like–ranch dressing, salt and vinegar chips, and spearmint flavored gum.
I didn’t start ballet until I was 16, but still managed to make a career for myself as a dancer.
I never went to prom and I’m not mad about it.
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