Jenn Olsen - Board of Directors
“My mother used to comfort me by bringing my attention to the breath. During the most difficult times in my life, I remember her rubbing my back and encouraging me to breathe in the good and exhale the bad. My mother never called it "yoga" but she gave me an amazing gift in those difficult years. The gift of asana was introduced to me by the amazing Katie Louvat in 2001. I was a student at the University of Nevada, Reno and I needed Yoga to help me process the deep grief and losses in my life in addition to the stressful life of academia. Katie was teaching at the University and I took her class and fell in love with a practice that helped me to feel safe in my body. Since 2001, I have continued to enjoy the diverse offerings of the Reno Yoga community.
Hannah B and I became yoga friends as we sweated along to Melissa Martinez’s yoga classes in 2013. In 2014, we completed our 200 hour teacher training together. In 2015, Hannah shared with me her dream. I happened to be touring the Eddy House at a work meeting and I called Hannah and said, "Hannah- check this place out!” I have been working with at risk youth and families for 13 years and [Urban Lotus Project] brings together my love of service, community and providing yoga to those who can benefit from it the most.
I have been blessed to have the opportunity to work with trauma survivors in my position as a crime victims' advocate. When I am not in service to those impacted by violent crime, you can find me on my yoga mat or in a seated cross legged position. I have also been known to enjoy driving my car to the ocean, while listening to loud moody rock tunes. I also spend my days loving my 2.5 year old Corgi, Zoe.”
My Mantra: "Never worry about numbers. Help one person at a time, and always start with the person nearest you."
- Mother Teresa