East Meets West Yoga Center

Jean Counts

I walked into my first yoga class in 2002.  While pregnant with my third child, I decided to try a highly attended prenatal class in Arlington.  I was immediately drawn to the powerful practice of asana and the calming effects of pranayama.  As I practiced throughout my pregnancy, knowledge, awareness and strength became familiar elements.

The spiritual and philosophical aspects of yoga that my teachers would speak of in small bits had drawn me to enter teacher training in January of 2010.  I completed a 300-hour level certification in December 2011 from Surya Chandra Healing Yoga School.   I am currently in the East Meets West Prenatal Teachers Training Program. 

I am excited to share the study of yoga with my students.  Yoga brings balance to our lives.  I believe in the use of yoga as a healing therapy.  As a long time runner and former collegiate athlete, I have found yoga off sets the taxing effects of these activities on the body.

When not teaching yoga, I am tending to my family of six children.  I also coach high school lacrosse.  I use breathing and visualization techniques with my athletes and find success in their responsiveness.

As a student of yoga, I see that physical limitations do not hinder one’s desire and ability to practice.  The body’s challenges and weaknesses can be our most wise teachers.  I am continuously reading books and thrive on attending workshops that help grow my practice and knowledge of yoga. 

"Two things that define you: Your patience when you have nothing, and your attitude when you have everything. "