Jen Campbell has been described as “a gem of a teacher” with an extensive background in yoga, anatomy and movement. Jen is known for classes that challenge and inspire. She has a way of infusing each practice with presence, clear guidance, a bit of humor and an honesty that is relatable to her students.
Jen has been teaching students and teachers for over 20 years. Since 1995, she has studied and been influenced by many yoga styles, including Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Hatha, Iyengar and Parayoga. She completed her initial teacher training in 1998 at Evergreen Yoga in Bethesda, Maryland and her 200-hour training through Max Strom in 2010.
With a background that includes a BA in Dance and comprehensive Pilates training at The Pilates Center in Boulder, Colorado, Jen has an intimate understanding of the human body. She was the owner of Stronger Self Fitness Pilates, the third Pilates studio in the DC area and the first in Maryland. She then directed the Pilates studio at the American Dance Institute in Rockville and trained some of the best Pilates teachers in the DC area.
Her decision to teach yoga full-time came from a major life change–the birth of her third child, Lucas. Teaching yoga represented a significant shift; it has given her the opportunity to not only use all of her movement and teaching knowledge, but also to speak the truth about the deeper life questions that live inside our hearts.
Jen has found a home on her mat. No matter the outward challenges and joys of life, the mat is there to provide balance, a space to re-center and to listen inward. It is finding this balance between effort and ease, between the busy and the still, between breathing in and out that most inspires Jen to both be a student and teacher of yoga.
Jen is a student of American Buddhist teacher Pema Chodron and Yogarupa Rod Stryker, renowned founder of ParaYoga and the author of The Four Desires: Creating a Life of Purpose, Happiness, Prosperity, and Freedom.
For the past two years, Jen has studied Ayurveda, often referred to as the sister science of yoga. This ancient system remains relevant to our fast-paced world offering advice on how to live in balance with the seasons, each other, the planet and ourselves.
When she’s not teaching, Jen spends time with her husband Jeff, their three children Taylor, Caelan, Lucas, and their dog Lucky. She’s also WAY into creating pottery these days.
Jen’s Credits & Accomplishments:
- ERYT-200 through the Yoga Alliance.
- BA in Dance from the University of CO.
- Comprehensive Pilates training at the Pilates Center in Boulder, CO in 1993.
- Owned and directed Pilates studio, Stronger Self, in Bethesda, MD from 1998-2001
- Managed and taught at The American Dance Institute in Rockville, MD 2001-2009
- Created and Directed The Articulate Eye Pilates Teacher Training Program from 2005-2009, graduating 25 comprehensively trained Pilates teachers
- Completed level 1 training in The Franklin Method with Eric Franklin
- Initial yoga training in 1998 at Evergreen Yoga in Bethesda, MD
- 200-hour training through Max Strom, completed in 2010
Jen is extremely knowledgeable about anatomy and movement, so she can give precise instructions for poses and incredibly helpful assistance around injuries. Her classes have a clear focus, and they are full of complex, fun, and interesting sequences. Jen has a wise and calm presence – she shares insightful thoughts about life and connects them to the work of the class. Jen’s competence and her encouragement, make her classes a safe place to challenge yourself with new poses or with holding a pose for a long time – making possible self-discovery and an increased sense of self-reliance.