Who Is Jennifer Yarro?
Jennifer Yarro first discovered yoga in the late-90s while earning her Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Pre-Med at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. During a college exchange year in New Mexico, she fell in love with the practice and has since made the holistic therapies of yoga & eastern medicine her life's work.
In addition to studying various styles and schools of yoga, part of Jennifer's journey entailed extensive training in massage therapy and, ultimately, a specialization in the modality of Thai Massage. Jennifer made frequent visits to Thailand to study with well-respected Thai masters and built a thriving private massage practice in the Boston area.
In 2008, Jennifer became the owner and director of Frog Lotus Yoga Studio in the Berkshires. She has been teaching international Yoga Teacher Trainings with Frog Lotus Yoga for the last 10 years. In 2006, Jennifer co-founded the New England School of Thai Yoga, which, in 2011, became the Triple Gem School of Thai Massage, one of most respected training schools for Thai Massage in the West.
Jennifer has been a dedicated practitioner of the eastern healing arts for over 20 years and has been teaching yoga for over 15, both within the U.S. and internationally. With her extensive experience and depth of knowledge, Jennifer has become a well-known, highly respected, and sought out teacher. She is very passionate about the integrity of one's practice and strives to meticulously and authentically impart her knowledge to her students.
My Teaching Style
"In regards to teaching yoga, intelligently sequenced and therapeutic yoga flows are my passion. I care deeply about the yoga practitioner's holistic longevity. From my perspective, in order to enjoy yoga for a long time, safety through anatomically informed alignment in both dynamic and static movements is essential. My studies in Anatomy Trains with Tom Meyers and in Yoga Therapy with Doug Keller have inspired me greatly and helped me to deepen my ability to speak to anatomical alignment in a well-informed, accessible, and embodied way. My yoga classes range from simple Hatha, to gentle Vinyasa, to vigorous Vinyasa. After giving birth to my son, I have rediscovered a love for slow, explorative-style classes!
As for Thai massage, I feel it is vitally important to impart to my students directly what I was given by my Thai teachers. I do everything I can to respect the rich Thai culture from which this modality has come from. In my teaching, I emphasize the practitioner's proper body mechanics and believe it's important to build a strong foundation in the basics before moving on to advanced techniques, such as "jap-sen", acupressure, and deeper stretching maneuvers. I see Thai massage as a moving meditation of lovingkindness, and, as Thai massage was originally practiced by Buddhist ascetics, I underline the importance of the spiritual side of the modality. I am a firm believer that in order for one to give Thai massage one must also meditate. Metta-Bhavana (loving kindness meditation) is close to my heart for this purpose and why I was lovingly nicknamed 'Metta Mama' by my students."
My Yoga Influences
"In all my years of practice I've been blessed to experience numerous classes, workshops, and trainings with a multitude of teachers in various styles; too many to name. However the following people listed here are those I have spent more time with and they have shaped who I am as a teacher to this day!"
Chronologically since college: General Hatha Yoga, Kundalini Yoga with Dev Sharma & Gurumukh, Guru Charan Singh (3HO) , Vinyasa and Ashtangha with Vidya Heisel, Khalsa Way Pre-Natal Yoga, Pre-Natal Yoga with Janice Clarfield, Meridian Yoga & Yoga of Energy Flow with Daniel Orlansky, Yoga Therapy & Shadow Yoga with Dr. Scott Blossom, Acroyoga with Jenny Sauer-Klein & Jason Nemer & the Global AY Community, Anatomy Trains with Tom Meyers, Yoga Therapy with Doug Keller
My Bodywork Trainings & Teachers
Massage Institute of Cape Cod, Muscular Therapy Institute in Cambridge MA, Pre- & Perinatal Massage Therapy with Carole Osborne Sheets, Shiatsu with Daniel Orlansky, Chi Nei Tsang with Mantak Chia, Reiki Master - Usui System, Integrative Energy Therapy - Intermediate, Tibetan Reiki - rLung Raku Kei, Doula Certification with Association of Labor and Childbirth Educators, Thai Massage School of Chiang Mai, Nerve Touch Massage with Mama Lek, Baan Hom Samunphrai with Homprong Chaleekanha, Reusi Dat Ton with David Wells, Advanced Studies in Thai Massage: Mama Nit, Mama Pen, Maw Nipha, and Jack Chaya
My Meditation Practice
"It has been my life's great blessing to have taken refuge and study the Dharma with Amma Mata Amritanandamayi, the 14th Dalai Lama, Thich Nhat Hahn, Most Venerable Dattajeevo Bhikkhu, and Very Venerable Pasura Dantamano Bhikkhu."