Jane Adams Yoga DVD's
Jane, daughter Molly, and husband Andy
My Yoga Bio
I first started practicing yoga at the age of 17 in 1976, while living in a little log cabin on my fathers cattle ranch in British Columbia. The sense of calm and reduced mental fuzziness yoga gave me made a lasting impression of the potential power of yoga. At the age of 21 I attended a 200 hour yoga teacher training program. It was one of the first teacher training programs in the U.S., long before yoga was popular.
Over the next 18 years my yoga practice was somewhat sporadic. I got degrees in Biology and Chemistry, and spent 2 years as a Peace Corps volunteer in Burkina Faso, West Africa, teaching high school biology in the french language. I worked as a naturalist, led backpacking trips for troubled teens, taught ESL at a community college, and traveled solo all over Europe. I got a masters degree in Wildlife Biology and worked as a Wildlife Biologist in Colorado, North Dakota, Arkansas, and Montana. I got married at 39, had a baby the day before my 41st birthday, and quit my (very demanding) job as a wildlife biologist. At 40 I started teaching yoga, something I'd wanted to do for years.
Over the past 16 years I've had a daily yoga practice, and have studied yoga with many highly respected teachers, primarily in the Iyengar, Viniyoga, Anusara, and Vinyasa flow traditions. I've completed training programs in Yoga Anatomy, Yoga for Seniors, and therapeutic yoga for low back pain. I recently finished a 500 hour advanced yoga teacher training program. I've taught countless students, of all ages and physical abilities.
The style of Yoga I teach is a blend of all I've learned from the many teachers I've studied with, and years of home yoga practice. Warm-ups are based on Viniyoga, a gentle therapeutic style of yoga where movement is coordinated with the breath. The movement safely warms up the muscles and joints, while the full deep breathing helps the body and mind to relax and focus. All poses are taught with careful attention to safe effective alignment based on Iyengar yoga and Western Anatomy. Some poses are linked into flowing Vinyasa sequences to develop stamina and grace.
My work with seniors and interest in healthy ageing has greatly influenced the way I teach yoga. I want to help people create bodies that will allow them to be active their whole long precious lives. So there's an emphasis on keeping the feet and ankles strong, and improving balance. Healthy ageing also means keeping muscles strong all throughout the body; moving joints through their full range of motion; maintaining strong core muscles and good posture, and moving the spine in all directions to nourish the intervertebral discs.
I also want to help others experience the wonderful mental, emotional and spiritual benefits of yoga. Most people find that yoga helps them to feel more relaxed, calm, happy, peaceful, focused, patient, and energetic. To be honest, those are the main reasons that bring me to my mat every day. Those benefits seem to just come naturally if one practices with an attitude of kindness & compassion towards oneself, and a mindful present-moment awareness. Buddhist, yogic, and Christian philosophy also influence my teaching.
It's a great joy and privaliege to be able to share my love of yoga with others, and to be able to make a living doing something I love. For my students and the people who buy my DVD's I am most grateful. Yoga has been a wonderful gift to my own life. I sincerely hope yoga - or something else - will bring you closer to the life you most dearly wish for yourself, whatever that is.