Everyone copes with life's challenges differently. For Jenna Galloway, she continuously turns to her yoga mat to carry her through those tough times we all experience. Realizing how her practice has impacted her life, Jenna wanted to do the same for youth in communities and provide a space that could prevent these difficult experiences from occurring to other developing kids and teens. Wymbin Yoga, and it's sister non-profit, BEAM do just that. Jenna is making a difference and you can tell this girl pours her heart into everything she does. Read on to learn more about this week's #womenoface.
ACE: WHAT ARE YOU UP TO? ( YOUR CURRENT HUSTLE )
Jenna: I am the founder and owner of Wymbin Yoga - a youth yoga studio located in the heart of Inglewood underneath Junction 9 Yoga & Pilates. We run a variety of specialized programming and offerings just for youth and families.
I also created BEAM Foundation, which is a not for profit organization which stands for Balance, Empower, Action, and Movement. The purpose of the organization is to provide free or subsidized yoga and mindfulness programming to youth who are sick, recovering, have special abilities, or who come from low income backgrounds. We do this by partnering with local organizations that support these demographics such as The Alberta Children’s Hospital, The Boys and Girls Clubs of Calgary, Inn from the Cold, and schools that do not have the funding available for extracurricular programming.
I am also currently working on developing a new business that revolves around sustainability for entrepreneurs...stay tuned!
ACE: WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT TO YOU? ( WHERE DID THIS PASSION COME FROM? )
Jenna: Wymbin and BEAM were both created to provide youth with access to engaging and effective yoga and mindfulness programs. I found yoga during my teen years when I was struggling with anxiety, depression, and an eating disorder. My yoga mat was the only place where I could breathe, and the practice carried me through a really rough patch. I was able to experience the benefits of yoga first hand, and knew that if we could somehow bring this practice to youth we could take an upstream approach to health and potentially prevent these difficult experiences from occurring to other developing kids and teens.
I had also been studying Health Sciences in University, and was working on two research grants with the Centre for Research and Disability studies: one on organ transplants and one on autism. Through my research on autism I discovered that holistic practices and yoga could be incredibly beneficial to the development of people with special abilities. Secondly, I found that there wasn't a lot of support or ability to access this kind of program for these individuals. That is when the idea for BEAM Foundation began to develop and grow.
ACE: WHAT WAS YOUR DREAM JOB GROWING UP? HOW DO YOU THINK THIS HAS INFLUENCED WHO YOU ARE TODAY?
Jenna: My dream job when I was really little was to be an Entomologist, I was OBSESSED with bugs.
Later on, I pursued becoming a Paediatrician or Cardiologist. Through my Health Sciences studies I definitely developed my drive and initiative to work and step outside of the box. I think that this determination has allowed me to really buckle down and make opening the studio and starting the foundation a reality.
Today, my dream job is to become an interior architect.
ACE: IF YOU COULD DESCRIBE YOURSELF IN ONLY THREE WORDS, WHAT WOULD THEY BE?
Jenna: Creative, resilient, benevolent.
ACE: WHO’S YOUR BIGGEST INSPIRATION AND WHY?
Jenna: I have quite a few people that I look up to, but I would say my biggest inspiration is Yvonne Chouinard (Founder of Patagonia). I love Yvonne’s outlook on life and his approach to conducting business in a really socially and environmentally-responsible way. He isn’t afraid of the consequences and consistently sticks to what he believes in, which I really respect.
ACE: WHAT DOES THE TERM “BOSS BABE” MEAN TO YOU?
Jenna: A Boss Babe to me is someone who is carving a path doing something they are passionate about in a way that expands and supports others and the community.
ACE: HOW DO YOU EMPOWER OTHER WOMEN?
Jenna: I empower other women by listening and valuing their experiences, ideas, and input. We are all an expert of our own lives, and everyone has something to share that you can learn from. Currently, both Wymbin and BEAM are fully female-owned and operated (we encourage and welcome male yoga teachers to join the team!). I feel like our team has evolved to a place where we are so in-tune and supportive of one another. When someone celebrates a win, it feels like we have all lucked out!
ACE: WHAT IS THE BEST ADVICE YOU’VE EVER RECEIVED FROM ANOTHER WOMAN?
Jenna: The best advice I have ever received from another woman is that once you verbalize something or put something out into the world, you cannot control how it will be perceived or interpreted. Everyone processes based on their own experience and you cannot control the outcome of everything you do. Let go of the anxiety that surrounds expectation or what other people think, and instead project from a place of confidence and passion behind everything you do.
ACE: CAN YOU SHARE THE BIGGEST LESSON YOU’VE LEARNED FROM A FAILURE?
Jenna: As cliché as it might sound, trust your intuition. If something doesn’t feel right, explore it and address it right away. Be open to change and know that you can’t grow and progress without some hiccups along the way.
ACE: WHEN YOU ARE FEELING OVERWHELMED, WHAT DO YOU DO TO FIND PEACE?
Jenna: I like to run, practice yoga and meditate to find peace. I love listening to records with my B at home and spending time in the sun.
ACE: WHAT LEGACY DO YOU HOPE TO BE REMEMBERED FOR?
Jenna: I hope to be remembered for doing something innovative and for making a positive impact in someone’s life. I don’t strive or have a desire to have a personal legacy so much as I would just like to create opportunities for others to find their place in the world and contribute to the community.
ACE: WHERE CAN WE FIND OUT MORE ABOUT YOU SO WE CAN CONTINUE TO SUPPORT YOU?
Jenna: Please reach out via email at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to connect. I also am a big fan of Instagram so please give me a shout!