"Yoga tremendously changed my life in ways I couldn't possibly imagine when I first made its discovery back in 2010 with Ken Breniman. I found yoga hoping it would allow me to avoid a surgical process that would have implanted steel rods near my spinal columns. Prior to beginning my yogic practice, both doctors and chiropractors agreed this surgery was necessary to further prevent hunching in my spinal region, which at that time had already begun to compress both my lungs and stomach. After doing one-on-one sessions 3 times a week with Ken for nearly a year, I was able to see my body completely physically restructure itself in flexibility and posture. I can honestly attribute this to Ken's personal skills as a teacher in reading the specific needs of each students individual needs and a genuine compassion and care for them. He really helped me grow in so many ways!
As the tension and pain from the scoliosis subsided, through Ken I developed a newly found love and awareness for my body. I can proudly contribute this state of connective consciousness and this feeling of connectivity within my body to yoga and Ken who has helped me comprehend what takes place beneath the surface of the body and mind as well as the connectivity of the mind, body, and spirit on a deeper level than I ever had.
Now, five years later--in our present day--I am in the position to give the gift of instruction. It was only the handful of years ago when Ken and I first met that I couldn't reach past my knees when bending toward my toes, but after an amazing journey full of encouragement and motivation from Ken, I am able to accomplish things I would have formerly thought of as impossible. So now I am also a yoga teacher continuing on with the tradition of help and inspiration Ken taught me, showing we all have the ability to transform ourselves within our hearts, bodies, and minds as long as we approach our lives (and the trials within them) with patience, dedication, a willingness to learn, and, most important of all, a great love for ourselves. Thank you Ken for being a part in changing my life!" - Jared