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Jen Griest Hayes

Location: Wadsworth, OH
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Jen Griest Hayes, BS, MA, RYT, RCYT, spent 17 years in the classroom as an Intervention Specialist and team teacher, spanning grades K-12.  A practicing yogi, Jen looked for ways to help her students find tools and techniques to help with stress management, self-regulation, and increase movement.  She took her first ChildLight Yoga training in September of 2012 and found exactly what she was looking for!  Jen immediately put what she had learned into practice both in her classroom and in the private sector.  She continued on the path of yoga for all ages and abilities, taking trainings through ChildLight Yoga for Babies and Toddlers, Advanced, Tweens and Teens, and those with Special Needs through Creative Relaxation, to complete her 95 hour Registered Children’s Yoga Teacher certification.  Jen also pursued partnering with her own school district to begin her journey with Yoga 4 Classrooms, finding that yoga and mindfulness components went hand-in-hand with her teaching practices on and off the mat.  She was able to bring Yoga 4 Classrooms school-wide in her K-4 building, training teachers, counselors, and administrators, as well as conducting classroom residencies across the building.  This culminated in a Yoga and Mindfulness Week each spring, ensuring that all students, along with parent and community support, were given opportunities to practice mindfulness activities for overall health, physical yoga practice for well-being, and breathing techniques for self-regulation and focus.  
Currently, Jen is a Trainer for Yoga 4 Classrooms, traveling the country to deliver the professional development workshop, along with helping school teams to further integrate yoga and mindfulness practices through IMPLEMENT Leader Training.  
Jen is the owner of Afterlight Fitness and Educational Consulting, the Director of Pre/Postnatal, Early Development, and Specialty Programs at Grow With Me Yoga & Fitness Studio, and a Director of Programs and Teacher Development for ZENworks Yoga, a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization in Northeast Ohio.  Jen lives in the Akron/Cleveland area with her husband and son.

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