Toronto-born Jenny Jackson is a yogi, fitness expert, schoolteacher, writer, mother of 3 (and ‘bonus mom’ to 2), and self-proclaimed lover of life. Currently residing in Barrie, ONtario, one hour north of Toronto, Jenny has made a full-time career, and a labor of love, by sharing her passion of living healthfully, mindfully and joyfully with others.
An athlete throughout her childhood years, Jenny spent much of her youth in the pool as a competitive swimmer, and within teenage-hood, discovered passions in field hockey, rugby and in the weight room. Jenny’s first son entered the world when she was a second-year university student, followed closely by her daughter who arrived quite literally the day after Jenny graduated from Trent University. It was during those hectic university years, when as a (very) young mom and student, Jenny found solace and sanity in the gym. Whether it was a step class, a weight training circuit, or a yoga class, Jenny knew that her body, heart and mind was at peace when she was in movement. With a third child in tow, her Bachelor of Education in Primary/Junior under her belt, her first of many yoga teacher training certifications in place, and accreditations in Personal Training and Fitness Instructing, Jenny devoted the second half of her twenties, and the first half of her thirties primarily to raising her three amazing kids. She simultaneously taught fitness classes, yoga classes, took on personal training clients, worked as a Group Exercise Coordinator for Canada’s largest gym chain, and taught part-time as a professor at Sir Sandford Fleming College in the Fitness & Health Promotion Program.
After 10 years of working for others in the health industry, Jenny established her own yoga and fitness studio in Cobourg, ON. BodyBalanced Wellness opened its doors in early 2010 and it was then that Jenny found her true calling as a self-motivated, deeply inspired, fitness and wellness professional and brought her humor, humility, and many years of experience into her community. From 2010-2016, Jenny became known for her versatility and competence bringing yoga and fitness into schools, women’s shelters, youth incarceration facilities, workplaces, retirement residences, churches, and even hospitals. She successfully ran yoga and meditation retreats throughout southern Ontario. In 2011, Jenny’s business partnered up with the town of Cobourg and created and implemented a Senior’s Fitness and Yoga program at the Cobourg Community Center, for which Jenny was awarded a local Chamber of Commerce award, for her involvement in the community as an outstanding young entrepreneur.