Jennifer Krakowsky is a certified yoga teacher living and teaching in Westchester County, just north of NYC. At the age of 14 and after four years of wearing a back brace, Jen underwent spinal fusion surgery to halt the progression of scoliosis. She has been living with a fused spine since 1994 and still has two 30 degree curves in her spine.
Jen’s yoga journey began in her early 20s, when she “dabbled” in the practice. While she was intrigued, she also feared that yoga was too “bendy” for her fused spine. Several years later and suffering from chronic pain and anxiety, Jen felt drawn to try yoga once again. She signed up for a gentle class and immediately fell in love with both the physical and mental benefits of the practice.
Jen soon realized that yoga, if practiced with attention and under the guidance of trained teachers, was nothing to fear. To the contrary, she came to understand that yoga was a perfect way to understand her spine — not only the ten fused vertebrae but also the underlying scoliosis. As she progressed in her yoga studies, Jen sought out and had the pleasure of studying with Elise Browning Miller. It is no exaggeration to say that Elise Miller’s work has changed her life. She feels honored and inspired to share this work with others.
Jen practices in both the Iyengar and vinyasa styles of yoga. Despite (and even because of) her limitations due to her spinal fusion, she has found that the possibilities to move and learn through yoga are endless. Jen approaches teaching with the philosophy that each body is unique and carries with it its own history, limitations, strengths and weaknesses. She teaches with an emphasis on alignment, body mechanics and breath as well as a sense of humor and joy.
Prior to teaching yoga, Jen worked as a litigator in a New York City law firm. She holds both a bachelor’s and a law degree from Columbia University. She received her yoga teaching certification at Yoga Haven in Westchester, NY. She is a Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance (RYT-200) and a Certified Yoga for Scoliosis Teacher Trainer with Elise Browning Miller.
To learn more or to inquire about private lessons or group classes, please feel free to contact Jen: