Jen Craig-Evans believes wholeheartedly in sharing the art of ‘getting out of your head, into your body and connected with your breath.’ After spending many years teaching scuba diving and focusing on a fluid breath underwater, she found yoga and has continued working with that fluidity on dry land. Jen discovered yoga in a hot room, on a Caribbean island and followed this spark of bliss back to the Okanagan where she completed her first teacher training. She has since completed training in therapeutic yoga applications, inspiring her even more deeply to share the practice with others.
What I like most about the Victoria Yoga Conference is the huge emphasis on supporting and sourcing local. Every effort always seems to be made to support local vendors for the marketplace. The teachers who teach at the yoga conference are also largely from our local community, or certainly British Columbia. I once asked Carolyne how she chooses the teachers for the conference. She told me that she didn’t care how many instagram followers the teachers had, but rather that she wanted to host teachers who she connected with.
– Jen Craig-Evans –
What or who inspires you? I am always inspired by the students in my yoga classes who are making choices. Whether it be to modify a posture to suit their body’s needs; to take rest while the the class is moving; or to say no thank you to hands on adjustments. I bow graciously to those who choose what is best for them in that moment. I feel this is very empowering.
What quality do you admire most in others and why? The quality that I most admire in others is integrity. It is that quality of being true to themselves and without a need to comply to other’s ideas of who or how they should be. It is that approach to living live with wild abandon; seeking experience that is integral to that of lighting their own personal fire and pursuing their passions.
Do you have a personal philosophy you live by? Yes. The personal philosophy that I am working with right now is to care less what other people think. To remain true to myself. To own my shit and to do only that which lights me up and makes me feel like I am shining my brightest – in the way I teach and the way I live my life.
Many people choose a word for their year. Do you have a word for 2018? Presence.