Jenna Lomazzo is a certified yoga instructor that connected with movement and the spirit of body at a young age and now she incorporates meditation techniques into her practice in order to further facilitate peaceful living. Jenna had the enlightening opportunity to study with many of today’s great masters, including Ana Forrest, Shiva Rae, John Friend from Jivamukti’s, Mark Whitwell. We are thrilled to have Jenna as a new member of the Circle of Grace and for you to get to know her through this interview.
Zobha: How did your journey with yoga start?
Jenna Lomazzo: At the age of 18, a doctor diagnosed me with endometriosis. I was skeptical. I started to do some research on my own and learned that the birth control I was taking was not healthy for me. After bringing that research to my ob/gyn, he made me feel like I had no options and that I must go forward with the procedures and surgeries. He didn’t acknowledge any of the information I had been studying as helpful or a clue for me to start learning about my own health. It was in that moment that I began my journey into yoga. I found an osteopath which at the time was scarce in the area I lived. It felt more holistic, and she spoke about my spine and my hormones. She helped me with some supplements and explained something about yoga. I found a Bikram yoga studio and started practicing regularly. I ended up with clear results the following year at my check-up.
Zobha: Is there a special style of yoga that you keep going back to?
Jenna Lomazzo: Recently, I have been practicing Forrest Yoga. It has such a strong focus on healing and working the abdominal muscles. I like that there are options for people working through injuries. It has helped me deepen my breath! Forrest Yoga is the most challenging practice I have begun thus far and after I attempt it, I feel very centered, focused and lighter. I do admit, though, I love and practice many different types of yoga and do not have one favorite.
Zobha: What is your favorite yoga pose?
Jenna Lomazzo: Right now, Hanumanasana, also known as Splits or Monkey Pose. I have learned to extend out and then hug in to my center and the pose feels so energizing. My legs love it!
Zobha: What are your other passions in addition to yoga?
Jenna Lomazzo: In my free time, I play guitar and sing. I am learning to finger pick and love to sing folk music.
Zobha: Where can we attend your classes?
Jenna Lomazzo: You can attend my classes at Connectivity: Center for Dynamic Movement and Change in Melbourne, FL. For more information on my classes, go to CozmicYoga website. I teach Yin, Forrest Style, and a Beginner’s Series, along with many other styles.
Zobha: What are some of the exciting classes you plan to teach?
Jenna Lomazzo: I will be holding a “Beginner’s Series” starting May 8th. It is a 6 week program that is held every Sunday from 3-4:15 pm. I speak to so many people who are curious about yoga, but are scared or who don’t want to attend a group class. So, I designed this class to help take the “fear” out of yoga and make it a pleasurable, relaxed environment. We explore different styles of yoga, breath work, chanting and philosophy. I love teaching “newbies” It is basics and foundations course.
Zobha: And last but not least, what is your favorite Zobha item?
Jenna Lomazzo: The Julia Tank!
Jenna Lomazzo and Zobha would also like to invite you to a 90 minute yoga class for kids on June 18th. First 20 attendees will receive a FREE Zobha Tote Bag! All proceeds from the class will be donated to Headstand, a program that brings yoga to the classrooms of children at risk.