Founder | Yoga in Schools
Co-Founder Jenny Kierstead, BPE, BEd E-RYT 1000hr Yoga Teacher Yoga Therapist Ayurvedic Instructor Qi Gong Instructor Trauma Healer Jenny is the founder of national award winning Yoga in Schools and Girl on Fire Empower. As a visionary in the yoga movement, she received the prestigious Women of Excellence Award and the RBC Women of Influence Award for my Yoga in Schools initiative. After teaching Physical Education in Vancouver for 8 years, Jenny traveled to India (a number of times), returned to her maritime roots and designed a Yoga Grade 11 course for the Nova Scotia Department of Education, the first ever PSP yoga program implemented in Canadian public schools. Through Thompson Publications Inc, she designed yoga posters (with manuals) for both Elementary and Secondary levels, which are used by teachers around the world. She went on to author the Yoga for Autism Program, Yoga for Diverse Learners Program and the revolutionary Girl on Fire Empowerment Program for teen girls. With Jenny's daughter, Sophia, they have launched an affiliate podcast called SPARK: A Mother - Daughter Journey. With her husband, and co-founder, Blair Abbass, they designed the evidence-based Mindfulness in Schools Manual, which is changing the way teens and teachers relate to life.