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Maecker Joins Garden of the Heart Yoga Center

Jen Maecker has recently joined Garden of the Heart’s teaching staff. She teaches the Intermediate Yoga Classes on Mondays and Wednesdays at 11 a.m. to12:30 p.m., for a body-, heart- and mind-opening yoga class.
     Maecker’s yoga practice began in the 1990s when her curiosity for meditation became a springboard for a deeper exploration of the Self. She began learning yoga in college to complement her dance training at the University of Florida, where she received her BFA in dance performance.
     Although trained in many different styles, including Ashtanga, Yin, Iyengar and Vinyasa Flows, it wasn’t until discovering Garden of the Heart’s Alignment-based Hatha Yoga that she felt “at home” in her practice. The Tantric philosophy of “looking for the essential goodness in any situation before responding appropriately” has resonated with her.
     As a modern dancer and choreographer, Maecker utilizes the benefits of Yoga to heal injuries and motivate her dance students in a positive light. She has performed with many professional modern dance companies, including Sarasota’s Fuzion Dance Artists and Moving Ethos. When she is not teaching Yoga or playing with her children, she can be found at Booker High School teaching modern dance and choreographing for the VPA Dance Department.

Location: 2888 Ringling Blvd, Sarasota. For more information, phone 941-341-9781, email [email protected] or visit

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