Jennifer Harvey

Studio Owner and Director, Yoga, Pilates, TIMBo, Nia

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Jennifer Harvey, Laughing Dog Yoga

I welcome everyone to Laughing Dog. I hope the environment is such that people of all ages can experience and benefit from the freedom and power of yoga and other movement and healing arts.

In teaching and practicing yoga and other movement arts for more than 40 years, I have been inspired and guided by many great teachers from a variety of traditions and styles. The most important thing I have learned is to follow my heart.

So, I teach what I love and I love what I teach – be that yoga, pilates evolved, Nia, meditation or yoga nidra. In my classes, I hope to provide a space for self-discovery, where we can connect to the voice of our hearts, the optimal strength and suppleness of our bodies, the gift of life and the creativity of the moment.

Prior to opening Laughing Dog I practiced psychotherapy full-time. I was trained in both traditional and holistic models with an emphasis on Body-Oriented and Spiritual/Energetic Psychology and the growing field of Positive Psychology. I am also a facilitator for TIMBo (trauma-informed mind/body) program and now part of the team that offers trainings and workshops nationally and internationally. All of this training, along with many years of meditation greatly informs my teaching.

I gratefully thank all my mentors along the way and all the students and teachers at Laughing Dog for helping to create such a life affirming and supportive community.

“Jennifer has created a warm and welcoming community at Laughing Dog Yoga.  Jennifer is a teacher and a student of yoga and life.  She is an inspiring citizen of the world, travelling to teach and learn and engage in humanitarian work.  In class, Jennifer can accommodate all levels seamlessly.  She gives excellent, detailed physical cues.  I am often surprised at how a minor instruction or suggestion from Jennifer can suddenly make a yoga pose feel more stable or aligned.”   

Patrice S.

“Jennifer has created a warm and welcoming studio for women and men alike.  Her commitment to teaching new practitioners the range of basic poses laid the foundation of my own resilient practice.  A peaceful and loving nature envelops this kind woman. As the founder of Laughing Dog Studio, Jennifer has selected a group of teachers who are like-minded in their warmth and understanding of the individual needs of their students.”

Horace A.

“I am in my third year at Laughing Dog Yoga working privately with Jen.  I have a delicate neck condition which Jen has respected and she has designed exercises for me which specifically target my condition.  Friends and acquaintances have seen and remarked upon the noticeable changes in my posture and carriage.  This is due to the extensive work that Jen and I have accomplished.  Her knowledge of the body and its interconnectedness has given me the confidence to continue with the exercises required for improvement.”  

Ann B.

Jennifer’s vinyasa yoga was the first class I attended at Laughing Dog and what I realized very quickly was that Jennifer is truly a gifted teacher. I came to laughing dog at a very difficult time in my life and it was in Jennifer’s classes that I first realized I was beginning to heal spiritually, emotionally and physically. Jennifer is very kind, supportive and has so much compassion for her students and she intuitively knows what her students need. Jennifer combines her wisdom and years of experience in a way that her teaching seems to effortlessly combine the flow, spirituality and anatomical alignment of yoga in her classes. One of the most important things for me was that in Jennifer’s classes I always feel safe and that safety allows me to delve deep inside my heart, mind and body, which then allows me to learn, heal and grow in ways I never imagined I could.

Jude M