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Jenny Kita is a Los Angeles based yoga instructor, professional dancer/choreographer, and the co-founder of Creativity Heals, a non-profit dedicated to providing creative outlets for traumatized youth. Amongst all this, she also finds joy working in the Art Department for TV production. During her journey as a professional dancer, Jenny has toured with headlining artists such as Gwen Stefani (as “Angel” of the Harajuku Girls), Madonna, Psy, Snoop Dog, Ricky Martin, Shakira, Chris Brown, Britney Spears, Black Eyed Peas, Missy Elliot, and countless others. Jenny's love and passion for yoga led her to get certified as a teacher in 2017, which has enabled her to guide and inspire her students through breath, movement and flow. In her spare time, you can find Jenny hanging with her dog, Bella, fellow yogis, and good friends and family.
I am confident and trust that the universe is working in my favor always.
What are some of your favorite self-care practices that help make you feel your best?
YOGA! Gratitude journal, massages, meditation, sound baths, and movement such as dance, hiking, workouts, etc.
What led you on the path to becoming a yoga teacher?
I was an avid student for years and wanted to dive deeper into my practice. I was going through a transition from being a dancer and wanted to do something for me that I was passionate about. Also, at that time, I was in a tumultuous relationship that was bringing up all kinds of chaos. I decided to go for it and do the teacher training program. The intention I set at the beginning of the program was “clarity,” and by the end of the program, my ex was moving out. It was the best decision I could have ever made.
How do yoga and dance feed your soul as both a teacher and a student?
Dance is my first love. I will always enjoy dancing, feeling the music, performing, and expressing art through body movement. Yoga is also a movement that I love and a whole lot of breathing. Breath is something I never focused on or learned how to do properly as a dancer. I like the intentional aspect of yoga and the fact that it’s a balance of mind, body, and spirit. There are so many healing benefits of yoga that I wasn’t really aware of before, such as, how we carry stress, trauma, and emotions in certain areas of our bodies. Yoga can help release all of that. As a student, I like to get lost in the movement of dance and yoga, and as a teacher, I like that I can share that experience with others and try to guide and inspire them through both yoga and dance.
Dance is your number one passion. How do you feel in your body when you’re completely embodied and lost in the music?
Once I am out of my head and into my body, I feel free, pure joy, a high of so many emotions.
Performing in front of an audience, auditioning and teaching must be so fun and exhilarating, but also scary at times. In what ways do you pull yourself out of the fear zone to be in a more grounded state?
I come back to my breath, take deep breaths, and try to quiet my mind and find silence for a moment. I also like when I perform with a group, and we huddle together right before a performance and say a group prayer or intention. That helps center and calms down the nerves a bit for me.
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