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America’s Original Pilates Expert, Yoga, Dance, Waking Energy & Wellness:

Jennifer Kries

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I am as excited about the work on these pages as I was when I first began to weave the timeless elements that comprise them. You are about to explore a synthesis of techniques that will help you to create the body you’ve always dreamed of and the peace of mind you crave. Wether you are looking for methods on how to lose weight or develop your abs in a fulfilling workout, this unique and timeless combination is unsurpassed in building overall strength and flexibility, as well as inspiring a joyful spirit! Your previously untapped potential will unleash focus and concentration, will and desire, as you come to appreciate yourself and your abilities. The work will transport you to a new level of awareness beyond exercise itself, to a place where your physical accomplishments are reflections of your inner victories.

This powerful combination of Western athleticism and ancient Eastern philosophies and practices will introduce you to your deepest, innermost self so that you can celebrate who you are in this very moment and grow closer to who you want to become. As you learn to balance and harmonize your physical outer body with the subtle inner alchemy of the body’s energy systems, you will start to experience true fitness, total balance and glowing good health. You will learn through an integrated approach that you can discover your true nature and embrace your timeless essence, focusing on what is truly essential in your life.

Over 15 million people have benefitted from using my original Pilates Method videos, DVD’s and streaming downloads to lose weight, gain core strength, and rejuvinate themselves with my anti-aging workouts. These original titles are still readily available through Gaiam. Now let me help you create the body that you have always wanted with my new series of Pilates and yoga titles, as well as my new intense rejuvinating fitness system, the Hot Body, Cool Mind 4 pack featuring Waking Energy!
 


Waking Energy, One Fitness for All

And the most exciting part? At the close of a session, the work does not come to an end. Whatever you have learned in any given segment, whether it is a new way to focus your breath or a technique to lengthen and strengthen a muscle, or a way to draw earth energy up through your bubbling spring points, you get to take it with you. What I highlight in this website is not just a series of workouts, it is a state of mind, a way of being. It is the ultimate fitness for body, mind and spirit. It can help you to transform your life. And it will inspire you to be the very best you can be.

Wishing you good health, good fortune and boundless discovery!

 

Wholesale

Wholesale

Wholesale Lifestyle Products: Yoga & Pilates DVDs

Our Wholesale Lifestyle Product Customers & Distributors
 
To Request Information on Wholesale Pricing & Purchasing Requirements 
Please call: 646-675-2865, or email us at: jennifer@jenniferkries.com
 
At Hot Body Cool Mind, we are more than producers of high quality wellness, integrated fitness and lifestyle DVDs; we are a company that is committed to your success as a wholesale customer and are looking to establish new, dynamic, and long-term personal relationships. The DVD titles that we offer are Jennifer’s latest products, reflecting years of continued research, development, and feedback from her work and master training classes all over the world. We use this experience to better suit your needs because we understand the competitive nature of the home exercise industry, your customers’ desires, and the ever-changing retail environment. Hot Body Cool Mind has the ability to work with smaller retail stores as easily as the larger wholesale and bulk purchasers from a major retail chain store or distribution group. 
 
We have a number of programs in place to help you succeed with your marketing strategies, and have structured our wholesale pricing to allow those that are interested in reselling our products to do so with minimal investment, while still allowing for generous margins. Working with a tiered pricing structure allows for better margins to those that are interested in purchasing larger quantities. Whether you are interested in purchasing product for resale, or need to purchase for a class of students we will work with you to meet your needs. 
 
High resolution professional product photography for the videos and DVDs are available for your usage on your website or in product catalogs.
 
Welcome to Hot Body Cool Mind and The Life Force Power Workout: Pilates, Yoga, Dance and Waking Energy! Boundless energy, stress-free, superfit and forever young!
 
We invite you to email us at jennifer@jenniferkries.com and an experienced sales person will be in touch with you shortly, or if you
prefer, give us a call at 646-675-2865.
 
We look forward to hearing from you and working with you soon!
 
 
 
Why do business with Jennifer Kries and Hot Body Cool Mind?
  • Professionally Produced, High Definition Video Content
  • Content Is Well Researched, Current, and Easily Assimilated
  • 15 Pilates, Yoga, Dance and Fitness DVD Titles For All Ages And Ability Levels
  • Jennifer Has A Worldwide Following Through 15 Years In The Business,
  • And Is Actively Promoting All DVD Titles
  • Pricing Integrity Is Maintained Through Rigorous and Frequent Review Of The Online Marketplace
  • Generous Price Breaks With Quantity DVD Purchasing
  • Professional Photos Of Products For Print & Web Available
  • Distribution Agent Is Assigned To Your Account For Product Info & Help
  • Responsive & Ongoing Communication
  • Timely Order Fulfillment & Delivery

Our clients include, but are not limited to:
  • Spas
  • Gyms
  • Yoga Studios
  • Pilates Studios
  • Dance Studios
  • Boutique Hotels
  • Health & Wellness Centers
  • Chiropractors Offices & Back Centers
  • Catalog Companies
  • Online Retailers
  • International Clients
 
We work with transportation companies that provide well-priced worldwide distribution. On your behalf, we will always look for the most reasonably priced method of shipping that offers both safety for your product and tracking services so you can keep an eye on the progress of your shipment. We have competitive rates, and pass the savings in freight along to you.
 

 

Waking Energy Retreats

Waking Energy Retreats

Restore * Recharge* Renew

Remove yourself from the daily grind and the stresses of your over-scheduled life! Immerse yourself in breath and movement and energy … Waking Energy. Find yourself again. 
 
Awaken your life force! Stoke your “inner fire!” Defy age, cultivate boundless energy and find peace of mind. Waking Energy retreats are Jennifer’s all-new, powerful mind-body-spirit experience that combines 5,000 years of ancient longevity and health secrets, an age- defying, immune boosting, revitalizing synthesis that combines Qigong, the 5 Tibetans and Yin Yoga.Participants in Jennifer’s Waking Energy retreats will learn how to tap into the body’s vital flow of energy and experience a joyful connection to life and a reserve of power, mobility and clarity like never before. Introduce yourself to the accessible and effective Waking Energy components and refine your practice, as you enjoy a narrative on Meridian Theory and the Chakra system that adds essential meaning to the practices. Learn the seamless flow … Enliven and awaken your chi with Qigong, soothing self-massage and spine mobilization exercises to activate your body’s natural healing capabilities. Then move on to The 5 Tibetans, the “Rites of Rejuvenation,” and build overall strength and stamina with the ancient longevity secret that stimulates the chakra system, and finally recharge your batteries and harmonize your meridian system with long-held, deeply rejuvenating Yin yoga poses. 
 
Become radiant, super-fit, stress-free and forever young! 
 
Experience the power of your intention and focus and reap immediate rewards. Discover why Waking Energy is the catalyst for inspiration and real change in our lives. 
 
When you practice waking and collecting energy exercises, you will actually feel energy awakening within your own body! Learn how to bring energy toward yourself as you harvest and gather chi, your life force— from the earth, from the trees, the flower, the plants and everything that grows and breathes upon it. Learn to “harness” the energy of the universe and literally “funnel” it into your own body to activate your body’s natural capabilities and reserves to promote healing and balance. 
 
Let Jennifer teach you how you can become the fountain and the ultimate source of all of the boundless energy you will ever need to live healthfully and longer, more instinctively and naturally, with less stress and more vitality. Boost your metabolism and super-charge your immune system. The glow of good health and energy will grow beyond your Waking Energy workouts and continue to grow exponentially–enough for you to look hot and incredibly fit to feel cool and confident to empower your body, energize and enliven your mind. 
 
“The Waking Energy Retreat” provides a focused opportunity to learn and strengthen new practices which can lead us to a “shift in perception,’ thereby changing our relationship with life and the world around us, leading us to discover our deeper nature where we can find greater peace and well-being. The body is the most powerful and immediate “inroad” to change, and the Waking Energy Retreat is the perfect vehicle to help you move forward! Give yourself the gift of an immersion in Waking Energy and enter a new world where you are able to recharge, rejuvenate and enrich your life. 
 
Offered in a semi-private setting, the Waking Energy retreat means highly personalized, specific cueing and instruction from a master instructor for your body and your needs, insuring that you learn proper alignment, breathing techniques and a way to move safely and securely toward your goals. Mark your progress and see more immediate results in an intimate, nurturing, inspiring environment where you are seen, acknowledged and encouraged. Give yourself the opportunity to witness your own transformation by dedicating yourself to a consistent daily ritual of self-care and growth. Go deeper and refine your practice while in the company of a few, like-minded others; set this special time aside for yourself and reap the myriad benefits that come as a result. 
 
Studies have shown that change happens optimally when the body is presented with consistent conditions, a kind of “comfort zone” of repetition. The body and mind then work together given that familiar “challenge” and the body can more successfully respond to the familiar stimuli and evolve. The result is that you start to inhabit your best personal self– and the outward reflection of your efforts is the beautiful shape you were always intended to have! Cultivate boundless energy, peace of mind and confidence! When you dedicate yourself to YOU, the rewards are endless … 
 
On A Waking Energy retreat, in the process of learning to heal ourselves and the incredible life-changing benefits it affords us, we are moved to heal the world around us. 
 
Welcome to Waking Energy! One Fitness for All! 
 
Your journey to the fountain of youth and boundless energy, reduced stress and peace of mind begins here…
 
For more information on the different types of Waking Energy Retreats Jennifer offers, please visit the Waking Energy Workshops Page.
 
 

Dance Retreats

Dance Retreats

Contemporary Dance Theatre New York 

Athletic*Sweeping*Effortless*Graceful*Commanding*Sexy*Romantic*Powerful*Inspiring*Colorful*ALIVE! 
 
” … clearly the product of people working hard as a team … best of all, a large company of sleek, attractive dancers at home in a mixture of ballet, modern dance and jazz styles.” 
 
~Dance Magazine 
 
Leave the ordinary behind and walk into the world of the extraordinary with a dance retreat. 
 
Enter the world of dance and music and art and recapture your youthful vigor, curiosity, sensuality and abandon. Immerse yourself in the music and the movement, release endorphins, the feel-good juices of the body and the mind and set your spirit free. Dance retreats will tap into your creative center and take pleasure in the multiplicity of ways your amazing body can move! Dive into a daily dose of moving in ways you never have before; expand your horizons as a beginner, or aspiring student, and acquire new, rich and challenging dance vocabulary as a seasoned mover. 
 
In Jennifer’s dance retreats you will experience a daily training and warm-up session session and then lose yourself to the pleasures of organic movement and pulsating rhythms. Learn entire movement phrases and combinations from Jennifer’s Contemporary Dance Theatre New York. 
 
Give yourself the gift of one of Jennifer’s dance retreats. Take time away from your daily life. Immerse yourself in breath and movement and energy … Reconnect to yourself and reacquaint yourself with your body’s capabilities. Find yourself again and discover something entirely new. 
 
Jennifer has dance retreats for basic beginners, to the aspiring dancer, all the way up to the professional, there is an inspiring, empowering dance retreat for everyone. 
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Jennifer Kries, native New Yorker, dancer, choreographer, Master Instructor, orator and fitness celebrity made her professional debut at sixteen in Balanchine’s “Serenade” with Edward Villella’s Eglevsky Ballet. She trained with The School of American Ballet and after becoming a member of Pennsylvania Ballet at sixteen, was discovered by Matt Mattox disciple, Shimon Braun of Philadelphia’s Waves Jazz Dance Company. She quickly rose to the rank of principle, performing in such houses as the Academy of Music in Philadelphia, Royal Festival Hall, London and L’Opera de Paris, as well as making guest appearances with Philadanco, the Bat Sheva Dance Company, Lar Lubovitch, Roland Petit’s Ballet de Marseilles, Opus I Contemporary, Balletto di Toscana in Florence, and in film, Donald Byrd’s “Next Step.” She has an eclectic number of choreography and teaching credits, among them are John Leguizamo’s “House of Buggin'” on FOX, New York City Ballet, Hubbard Street Chicago and Pennsylvania Ballet Summer residencies and Bat Sheva Dance Company, Tel Aviv. After founding her company, Contemporary Dance Theatre New York in the winter of 1997 and debuting at the Merce Cunningham Studio to rave reviews, she mounted her second production in the spring of 1999. Her 17 member troupe, Contemporary Dance Theatre New York made its season premier “Trust me, A Dark Fairytale” at Lincoln Center’s Clark Studio Theater. 
 
~For more information on the various dance programs offered as retreats, please visit the Dance Workshops Page 

Yin Yoga Retreats

Yin Yoga Retreats

Rediscover yourself and reclaim your power. 

Women, learn to reclaim your feminine power, and trust your intuition again as you calm your mind and heal your body. Men, embrace your maleness and get in touch with your female side as well, improving your interactions with other men and with women, as you learn to release stress and find tranquility in your body and mind. Yin yoga is the way … Yin Yoga is the vehicle that encourages you to give yourself permission to feel, so you can heal. 
 
Open and stimulate your body’s meridian system and increase your range of motion as you calm your mind with this deeply restorative and revitalizing practice. Long-held stretching poses encourage your body’s deep connective tissues to literally melt, restoring youthful joint mobility and ease of movement. Liberate chronic holding patterns and restrictions in the body and the mind for an unparalleled feeling of internal freedom and peace. Then go even deeper into your inner world with calming, centering meditation. 
 
Give yourself the gift of immersing yourself in Yin Yoga, the elixir, the soothing balm for the stress of our over-scheduled lives. Experience what can happen when you leave the demands of your life behind and dedicate yourself to consistent, daily practice of Yin Yoga and breathe your way into a new body and new peace of mind. 
 
The exercises in the yin practice are all designed to balance the Yin (female) and Yang (male) energies of our bodies, to provide the stillness, cool and calm that we all need so badly in the rush of our daily lives. 
 
What a gift really, to be able to sit still, stop time and return to the breath, to the pulse of perfect rhythm that exists in each one of us, the pulse that mimics nature’s own heartbeat, the beating of the rain on the roof, the whistle of the wind through the trees, the gentle breeze that ripples over the water’s surface, the sunlight that shines on us and warms our every cell. 
 
This rhythm is the conscious breath, the gift of perfect balance and harmony we can give ourselves when we carve out the time and space to listen to our inner voice that can only be heard when we surrender to the stillness and quiet that can be found on a Yin Yoga Retreat. 
 
Yin yoga is for everyone. It is “One Fitness for All”-one that enables you to heal yourself, and as you heal, you do your part to heal the world. 
 
A Yin Yoga retreat gives you a chance to put aside the concerns and demands of your everyday routine. By getting away from the noise and clutter of where ever you come from, you can begin to relax and open up. Removed from our daily activities and responsibilities, we learn to interrupt the habits of our conditioned patterns through compassionate attention, repeatedly uprooting and challenging ingrained reactivity and discontent, freeing us to live from a larger truth, from a more authentic clarity of being. 
 
Discover the magical sense of community that can develop as a Yin Yoga retreat progresses and see for yourself how lasting friendships can be born from this unique experience. 
 
The Yin Yoga Retreats are an opportunity to slow down, and to deepen your awareness of yourself, other people, and the world around you. They give you space to clarify what is essential in your life. Yin Yoga quiets the mind and heals the body, opening the door to a profound and life changing experience. 
 
For more specific information on the types of Yin Yoga Rereats Jennifer offers, please visit the Yin Yoga Workshops Page~Note that Yin Yoga Retreats can be offered as half-day, full day, three-day or week-long retreats for your facility or corporation.
 

Yoga Retreats

Yoga Retreats

Join Jennifer on a yoga journey. 

Depart from the daily grind and open yourself up to the infinite possibilities of spirit and personal evolution you will experience on a yoga retreat. Remove yourself from your familiar surroundings and busy schedule, and give yourself the opportunity to see accumulated habits of distraction which build an internal wall between yourself and the vital experience of your life with a yoga retreat. 
 
Perpetuated by an externalized consciousness and attachment to materialistic aspects and status, these unconscious patterns of disconnected living shield us from experiencing the inherent simple joy of our true nature, our uncontrived naturalness. In Yogic culture, the Sufis call this primordial aspect our “Hidden Essence,” Hindus say the “Self” or “Brahman,” Buddhists refer to this as our “Buddha Nature,” and others say inner spirit or God. Devoted dedication to a yogic path of awareness, especially in a retreat environment uncovers this inner nature, while teaching us about the suffering inherent in our perceived (not actual) disconnection from wholeness. On a yoga retreat, because of the consistency in schedule and daily mind-body practice, in the inner silence and stillness we ourselves cultivate, we are able to glimpse a truth larger than our own self-definitions allow, and we feel an expanded sense of self and feel more grounded in our lives. 
 
On Yoga retreats with Jennifer, enjoy heating, stimulating, grounding, flexibility-enhancing vinyasa (flow style, Hatha) yoga incorporating influences from several schools: Ashtanga, Iyengar and Kundalini. Strengthen your entire body, as you expand your lung capacity and deepen your internal awareness. Practice asanas that integrate breath and movement, awareness and alignment, strength and flexibility as you learn to still your mind and create a deep sense of peace and calm.
 
A yoga retreat with Jennifer provides the opportunity for you to restore your energies, have time to rest and to let go of the mundane responsibilities of our lives and focus on your own inner development and spiritual growth. On a yoga retreat, you can learn to nurture yourself, restore a sense of balance and well being, and open up to nature. 
 
Attending Jennifer’s yoga retreats you will feel the weight of the world literally lifted from your shoulders and experience a fresh perspective that will renew your appreciation for life and your commitment to value and use every precious moment. In all yoga retreats you will practice techniques that are useful not only in the retreat environment, but most importantly, can also be applied to everyday life when you return home. On a yoga retreat, your basic needs will be completely supported and taken care of within a safe environment, which then allows you to focus all of your energy and attention on finding the answers you seek and on rejuvenating your body, mind and spirit. 
 
Why take a Yoga Retreat
 
  • Relax and escape from life’s chaos
  • Rejuvenate your spirit and connect to your inner peace
  • Allow time for reflection
  • Gain clarity on an issue or life path
  • Find meaning in life beyond daily or material concerns
  • Heal from many different concerns, including divorce or relationship split, a loss of job, or death in the family
  • Heal stress-induced illness by learning proven tools to release stress
  • Reconnect to the divine
  • Contemplate and find inner clarity
  • Release your emotional blocks and apply the law of attraction to manifest your dreams!
  • Jennifer’s spiritual and wellness retreats connect you to your inner peace and passion
 
Investing time in a retreat is a deposit in your health and wealth account, reserve your retreat today!
 
For more information on the types of Yoga retreats available, please visit the Yoga Workshops Page; any of the workshops listed on the workshops page can be designed as destination retreats for your group, or can be tailored to suit the needs of your corporation or studio.

Pilates Retreats

Pilates Retreats

Join Jennifer, 2nd Generation Pilates Master Instructor and immerse yourself in an environment where you will receive superlative training in Joseph Pilates’ original and authentic mind-body-spirit method. 

 
On a Pilates retreat, feel more grounded, calmer and more in touch with yourself. You will discover that when you go on a retreat regularly, you can find these qualities manifesting in the rest of your life, and can live more fully your human potential. Going on a Pilates retreat gives you the opportunity to share time, and inspiration with like-minded people from all walks of life who are investing their energies in self-improvement and self-discovery in the Pilates mind-body realm. Give yourself the unique opportunity to focus your energies on every aspect of the Pilates Method. Remove yourself from the distractions of your daily schedule and dedicate yourself to the experience of learning the foundational aspects of the method and increasing your strength and flexibility if you’re a beginner, or perfecting your form, honing your skill, and reaching higher heights if you are a more experienced student. 
 
Jennifer’s Pilates retreats can be tailored to suit your group and the expertise level of your group, and or can be a multi-level format if your group has a variety of participants with different levels of experience. 
 
The classical Mat work conditioning regime created by Joseph Pilates that builds unmatched core strength and enhances flexibility of body and mind. Learn to workout smarter, rather than harder; sculpt your body with the fewest repetitions and the greatest focus and control. The emphasis on “core muscles” (i.e.. abdominals, back extensors, shoulder stabilizers, and buttocks) can improve posture and reduce back pain. Other benefits range from increased muscle tone and flexibility, deepening of breathing patterns, enhanced body awareness, and increased efficiency of movement. Jennifer will occasionally incorporate the “Pilates Toys”— Magic Circle, Sculpting Series and PhysioBall in group mat sessions on her Pilates retreats for added challenge and variety. 
 
Increase your endorphin production through a boosted momentum and an elevated aerobic capacity. Enliven your spirit and be the artist that sculpts the shape you were intended to have. Achieve a sense of total well-being and self-empowerment. Dedicate your time and effort to the most important person in your life—yourself. Be the architect of your destiny and start with the body you were gifted with your home —with your body mind and spirit. Create a taller, slimmer, more elegant, more graceful, more capable, more powerful body, greater peace of mind and a light and joyful spirit! 
 
Pilates exercises make people more aware of their bodies. It helps to improve alignment and breathing and increases efficiency of movement. The focus is on the center of the body—the “powerhouse,” or the “corset muscles,” also known as the stabilizing core muscles of the torso, which support the spine. The beauty of the technique is that you can do it according to your own fitness level and as you gain strength, the challenge increases. Pilates exercises are gentle, progressive, and performed slowly with good postural alignment at all times; challenging enough for the super-fit, yes, but also gentle enough for pregnant women and the elderly. 
 
On a spiritual level, the workout is concerned with the process itself. You learn to focus on the present moment and the movement itself rather than the outcome. This is a workout, a regime similar to yoga that promotes consciousness and facilitates evolution and self-transformation. 
 
The subtle magic of Pilates is that the work grows as you do. You rise to higher and higher levels as your self-awareness and experience deepen. As you gain insight and as your actual physical strength increases, the work refines and redefines itself. Pilates is a unique, refreshing approach that sees our physical activity as a way to restore total oneness with ourselves and create harmony with our body, mind and spirit; under this notion, exercise becomes the means to experiencing a personal potential greater than the physical skills themselves. 
 
Every movement emanates from the center, which is also our emotional core, and the exercises truly help to “center” you. When you learn the advantage of paying attention to the energy, flow and rhythms in your exercises and see how pushing or forcing is counterproductive, you begin to apply this notion to the rest of your life. When you center your attention in the moment and act in harmony with time, you experience inner peace and fulfillment. By staying in the present, you can do less, yet gain more; paradoxically, you create more personal power and energy enabling you to have a greater influence over the outcome both in your sessions and long after you return home from a transformational Pilates retreat. 
 
For a more complete menu of Pilates retreat offerings, please visit the Pilates Workshops Page.  
Any workshop you see listed can be tailored to suit your facility or corporate retreat event as well as on-site, one-day retreats, or half-day retreats. 
 
 

Lifeforce power Workshop

Lifeforce power Workshop

Hot Body Cool Mind:
The Life Force Power Workshop

Experience the best of Pilates, Yoga and Dance with all-new Waking Energy, ancient rejuvenating practices. Enjoy a diverse and eclectic mix of total body-toning, spirit-enhancing, and subtle energy-balancing workouts that will leave you feeling balanced and renewed. 
 
Jennifer’s acclaimed new workshop series moves beyond her trademark synthesis, Pilates, Yoga and Dance, with groundbreaking energy work inspired by the healing arts of ancient masters. 
 
With consummate skill and contemporary vision, Jennifer breathes new life into Chinese and Tibetan longevity techniques, transforming them into accessible and powerful energy exercises that illuminate and inform her entire body of work. 
 
Join Jennifer for The Life Force Power Workshop and immerse yourself in her new combination workout that promotes balance from the inside out. The retreat is the best of Jennifer’s signature “Method”-Pilates, Yoga and Dance, supercharged with 5,000 years of nourishing, rejuvenating, “Waking Energy” exercise secrets.? It is a life-flow, yin-yang workout, a heating, cooling combination that brings your body into balance by mimicking the cycle of nature’s rhythms. Workshop participants will learn how to tap into the body’s vital flow of energy and experience a joyful connection to life and a reserve of power, mobility and clarity like never before. 
 
Embark with Jennifer Kries on a journey to the fountain of youth, to the center of you!
 
Become a time-traveler and return thousands of years to the wisdom of the ancient masters of China, India and Tibet. Reacquaint yourself with their reverence for the human body, mind and spirit so that you can bring balance, true fitness and energy into your life. 
 
As you create the body you’ve always dreamed of, the “hot body” you can see, you will stimulate and harmonize what the ancients called the “subtle body,” the breathing, flowing, circulating “energy” body within you that you cannot see … where balance, true fitness and energy await you—so that you become radiant, super-fit, stress-free and forever young! 
 
Heating, stimulating, age-defying workout combinations (The 5 Tibetans, Pilates, Vinyasa Yoga, Dance) sculpt, tone and build unparalleled strength, flexibility and stamina. Cooling, calming “un-workouts” (Waking Energy Standing, Yin Yoga and Meditation) replenish, revive, balance and restore. Together, the unique elements of the Life Force Power Workout form a never-ending circle of harmony and balance. Create the body you’ve always dreamed of, reduce stress, increase your energy and liberate your body and mind. 
 
Flow into the beginning of the workshop with a Waking Energy Standing Practice, and The 5 Tibetans and move onto Pilates Mat and Vinyasa Yoga. Move deeper into dance-classical ballet and jazz and go deeper still with Yin Yoga and Meditation. Enjoy a diverse and colorful daily menu of Life Force Power components, each day a balancing mix of hot and cool modalities–total body-toning, spirit-enhancing, and subtle energy-harmonizing workouts that will leave you feeling inspired, balanced and renewed.

Waking Energy Workshops

Waking Energy Workshops

Join Jennifer and tap into your own fountain of youth! Learn how to cultivate boundless energy and find true peace of mind. Introduce yourself to Waking Energy, the all-new age-defying, immune-boosting, revitalizing synthesis that combines Chi-Gong, the 5 Tibetans and Yin Yoga. Learn the seamless flow … Enliven and awaken your chi with soothing self-massage and spine mobilization exercises as you learn to access your own energy resources and harness the energy that surrounds you. Then move on to the “Rites of Rejuvenation,” the ancient longevity secret from Tibet and gather your energy with long-held, deeply relaxing stretching poses. Energize, harmonize and balance your body’s meridian and chakra systems for increased vitality and total well-being. 
 
Waking Energy is all-new, powerful mind-body-spirit workout that combines 5,000 years of ancient longevity and health secrets. It is a magical combination of the quiet focused, energetic heaven and earth practice of Chi-Gong (QiGong), the allure and mystique of the 5 Tibetans, elemental movements that mimic the rotation of the earth, stirring and opening the major energy vortexes of the body, activating the chakra system and the nourishing, activating and rejuvenating beauty and simplicity of meridian stretches or Yin Yoga. 
 
When you practice waking and collecting energy exercises, you will actually feel energy awakening within your own body! You will bring energy toward yourself as you harvest and gather chi, your life force— from the earth, from the trees, the flowers, the plants and everything that grows and breathes upon it. You will learn to “harness” the energy of the universe and literally “funnel” it into your own body to activate your body’s natural capabilities and reserves to promote healing and balance. 
 
Every moment in a Chi-Gong, 5 Tibetans or Yin session involves deep breathing and total mind-body intention, leading to an ever-deepening awareness of our inner landscape and helping us return to a more natural rhythm. When we are able to find a kind of calm and stillness within, we are able to cultivate something called “defensive chi”-protective energy that boosts our immune systems to defy age and improve our overall health and well-being. 
 
How do you harness the energy of the universe? How can you bring energy toward yourself from earth and the sky? Learn how you can become the fountain and the ultimate source of all of the boundless energy you will ever need to live healthfully and longer, more instinctively and naturally, with less stress and more vitality … all of the energy you will ever need walk, think, work, run, reach, bend, garden, make love, play. You will boost your metabolism and super-charge your immune system. The glow of good health and energy will grow beyond your waking energy workouts and continue to grow exponentially. Enough for you to look hot and incredibly fit to feel cool and confident to empower your body, energize and enliven your mind. 
 
All levels welcome~ 
 

Waking Energy Workshops Components Series:
 
I. Waking Energy Standing: Qigong
II. Waking Energy for the Chakras: The 5 Tibetans
III. Waking Energy for the Meridian System: Yin Yoga
 
This workshop series can be taken either as a collection, or individually, as single components. 
 

Waking Energy Standing Workshop: Qigong
 
Qigong: Qigong means energy mastery or the skill of attracting vital energy. 
 
“Qi” or Chi means air, breath of life, or vital energy of the body, and “gong” means the skill of working with or achievement. Qigong is a flowing heaven and earth practice that enhances your body’s natural energy potential by supercharging it with “universal chi”-the energy that surrounds you as you awaken and channel the energy within your own body to create a powerful internal awareness, balance and peace of mind. Playful and sensual self-massage, tapping, rubbing and spinal mobilization techniques release powerful energy that results in a heightened awareness of the body, the breath and one’s capabilities. Qigong reduces stress, builds stamina, increases vitality and enhances the immune system. It also improves cardiovascular, respiratory, circulatory, lymphatic and digestive functions. 
 
In this workshop, learn the flowing heaven and earth Chi-Gong and “Makko-Ho” (meridian stretch) dance that teaches you to integrate breath and movement and harness the energy around you. Learn to draw energy up from the earth through the “bubbling spring” points in your feet and pull energy down from the skies above through your crown and lao-gung points in your hands. Enhance your body’s natural energy potential by supercharging it with universal chi-the energy that surrounds you as you awaken and channel the energy within your own body to create a powerful internal awareness, balance and peace of mind. 
 
Rejuvenate your body, mind and spirit with this eye-opening practice of invigorating, muscle-soothing Chi-Gong and “Bone Marrow Nei-Kung” (pronounced Nay Koong) performed on a stool or a chair. Learn the energizing techniques that masters have practiced in a seated position for millennia to enliven and awaken their chi to reduce stress and promote balance and harmony in the body. Study self-massage and spine mobilization techniques, and learn how to “tap your Celestial Drum,” and your thymus gland for increased immunity and total well-being. 
 
All levels welcome~ 
 

Waking Energy Workshops for the Chakras: The 5 Tibetans
 
Whether you are new to yoga, or an experienced practitioner, this workshop will provide you with a detailed and thorough introduction to this remarkably powerful series, as well as a background explanation of the Chakras and how The 5 Tibetans balances them. This potent, time-saving series also called the “Rites of Rejuvenation,” are an ancient secret discovered in the late ’30s by a British naval officer Peter Kelder, who learned the exercises from Tibetan lamas in the Himalayas who retained their youthful vigor well into their old age. The 5 Tibetans are so powerful that they are purported to hold the secret to the fountain of youth. They defy age by toning and conditioning the outer body as they restore balanced movement in the chakras, or spinning wheels of energy in the body, clearing energy blockages and balancing the body’s organ systems that are connected to them and restoring them to health. The end result? Total body balancing, strengthening, awakening, age-defying, revitalizing and super-immune boosting, and an undeniable outer glow. 
 
All levels welcome~ 
 

Waking Energy Workshops for the Meridian System: Yin Yoga
 
Whereas the yoga most people are familiar with works with the muscles or “yang” tissues of the body, yin yoga targets the more interior supportive structures-the fasciae. Come learn poses like the dragonfly, seal and pigeon, which are designed to stretch and revitalize the deeper connective tissue in every part of the body, stimulating the meridians which connect to vital organs and help to restore balance and harmony in your body systems. This “needle-less” form of acupuncture will leave you feeling calm and energized at the same time. Learn how to execute long-held, deeply relaxing and at times, challenging stretching poses, combined with deep, focused breathing that encourage you to tune in and listen to your body. Learn how the poses stimulate and open the meridians, restoring youthful joint mobility as you quietly harmonize your body and mind, recharging your batteries. Discover the power of the breath and your intention. Find stillness, and go deeper into your inner world. Explore your internal “topography” and liberate chronic holding patterns in the body as you uncover repressed emotions and allow them to come into consciousness. 
 
In this workshop, you will come to understand that every experience we have in life is “recorded” on the body, in the actual fasciae and muscles of the body, and the yin poses themselves literally help the body to uncover these held emotions, which over time, manifest as stagnant energy and chronic pain or discomfort. When attention, breath and focus is placed on the body and the hidden emotions that are held there, the body is given the opportunity to “unwind,” to unburden and liberate itself from these held emotions and feelings that have been kept hidden. These held feelings and sensations are then brought to the surface, and into “consciousness,” so that they can be moved out of the body mind, with the breath, thus creating more space for new energy, awareness, positive thought, pleasant sensations and new possibilities in life. Yin yoga results in an incredible catharsis, physical and spiritual “spaciousness” in the body and mind, and an unparalleled feeling of “energized” calm. 
 
All levels welcome~

How Waking Energy Workshops Work:
You and Nature – There is No Separation
 
In this workshop, come to understand that we are microcosmic versions of the planet we inhabit, that there is no separation between us and the air we breathe, the food we eat and the water we drink. 
 
Through an experiential sampling of the Waking Energy components, and a thorough explanation of how Waking Energy works, learn how you can access your body’s own energetic resources and harness universal energy to feel closer to yourself and nature. The meridians, like rivers of energy, ensure proper nurturing of chi or life force throughout your whole being. When you are healthy, the flow of chi proceeds unimpeded, like the water in a free-running river, and energy is well distributed throughout the meridian pathways. When the river, or meridian, is blocked for some reason, the chi is prevented from reaching the specific area it is supposed to nurture. The result is that the cells, tissue or organs in the affected area will suffer. Waking Energy teaches us to tap into the energy that naturally exists in our own bodies and to “harness” the Chi that exists around us, called “universal chi,” to literally get the “rivers” flowing again—so that we can strengthen our internal system to fend off the negative, deleterious energies that swirl around us in our environment. In so doing, we cultivate a deepening respect for ourselves and our bodies and learn to live more in tune with nature, raising our consciousness about the world around us and how it deserves our respect and gratitude for sustaining us. In the process of learning to heal ourselves and the incredible life-changing benefits it affords us, we are moved to heal the world around us. 
 
Welcome to Waking Energy! 
 
Your journey to the fountain of youth and boundless energy, reduced stress and peace of mind begins here … 
 

Waking Energy Workshops for Life Balance:
The Magical Elixir and Antidote
 
In this workshop, learn how Waking energy will be your tonic, the magical elixir, the antidote to today’s stressful, cell-phoning, multi-tasking “modern” world. 
 
Aside from making you feel great and more enlivened, Waking Energy literally teaches you to tap into the energy that exists in our own bodies and to “harness” the Chi that exists around us, called “universal chi,” to boost your immunity and cultivate the inner “power” to feel better, look better and to protect ourselves from the many stressors we have to cope with in our daily lives. 
 
In today’s world, with industrial toxins, genetically engineered foods, reduced ozone and mineral depletion in our soils, the surplus of electromagnetic radiation with cell phones, blackberries, and new adjuncts to our ever-expanding technologically dominated world, there are myriad sources of distraction and a real cause for concern. Our excessive multi-tasking, ingestion of caffeine, alcohol and fast foods, and sedentary lifestyles lead to a condition in Chinese medicine called “excess heat,” which leads to indigestion, heartburn, headaches and chronic joint conditions such as arthritis and early on-set osteoporosis, heart disease, and the list sadly goes on and on. What we need is “cool.” We need modalities that literally help us to leave the world of intense distraction and multi-tasking, stress and heat-producing activities behind. We need to engage in mind-body movement that both heats the body and then cools it. We need balance. We need to learn to live defensively and to find modalities that increase our ability to cultivate a new kind of consciousness and enable us to live more holistically. This synergistic blend of elements in my new Hot Body Cool Mind and Jennifer Kries DVD series, combines both yang (hot) and yin (cool) segments with workouts that balance and harmonize the body’s energy systems, creating strong chi which provides a powerful antidote to the stressful aspects of today’s modern world. 
 
Experience a sampling of Waking Energy components after an explanatory lecture, followed by a Q&A session and come to understand the remarkable benefits of Waking Energy for yourself! 
 
All levels welcome~ 

 
 

Yin Yoga Workshops

Yin Yoga Workshops

I. Go deep, Open and Energize with a Yin Yoga Workshop~

Nourish your spirit, rejuvenate your body, and enliven your mind!

Replenish, revive, balance and restore. Enjoy an introduction to Yin Yoga, with a lively Q&A on the philosophy and health benefits of Yin and then experience the magic for yourself! Join Jennifer and get to know your inner emotional landscape in this deeply calming, profound mind-body workshop.

Yin yoga is a practice of long-held, deeply relaxing “stretching” poses that open and energize the “meridians,” or energy pathways of the body, restoring youthful joint mobility as you quietly activate and gather your chi, your prana—your life force.

Whereas the yoga most people are familiar with appropriates the muscles or yang tissues of the body, yin yoga targets the more interior, supportive structures-the “fasciae,” literally down to the bone marrow. Yin is every bit as vital as a heating or “yang vinyasa” yoga practice, where one flows from pose to pose, energetically pushing the envelope, concentrating on building muscular strength and stamina. In today’s world, Yin Yoga is the soothing balm, the elixir that is so badly needed to help us find balance in our stress-filled, over-scheduled lives.

Yin is a calming, restorative practice that literally helps you to recharge your batteries. With Jennifer’s Yin Yoga workshops you will learn poses like the dragonfly, seal and pigeon, all of which are designed to stretch and revitalize the deeper connective tissue in every part of the body, stimulating your meridians which connect to your vital organs and help to restore balance and harmony in your body and mind. This “needle-less” form of acupuncture will leave you feeling calm and energized at the same time. The asanas combined with deep, focused breathing encourage you to tune in and listen to your body and surrender to your feelings rather than trying to push them down or control them. Poses are held between ten breaths and ten minutes, to liberate the body’s chronic holding patterns and relieve pain, helping you to recapture some of the ease and freedom of movement you used to have as a child. One of the most potent ways to cultivate the body’s subtle energy, Yin enables you to heal yourself, move negative emotions out, prevent injury and find a deep sense of peace in your body, mind and spirit.

All levels welcome~
 

II. How to Stay Calm During These Challenging Times with a Yin Yoga Workshop: Find Your Inner Power as you Reduce Stress and Rejuvenate!

In the face of these challenging economic times, we need to be as resourceful and capable as possible. How do we do this? How do we find calm in the midst of chaos? Just as we should be using this new economic climate to assess what is important in our lives and streamline, “trim the fat,” we need to do the same within or own beings. Instead of dwelling on the negative and what we lack, let us be grateful for what we have and use this time for cleansing and renewal. We need to move out the old to create space for what is new; we need to clear what is keeping us trapped in the same outmoded, habitual patterns and learn a new dance. We need to learn a new way of being that helps us to access our body’s natural healing capabilities and power in order to deal with the challenges that face us with greater equanimity.

Find untapped inner strength and peace of mind with this calming, restorative Yin Yoga workshop. Learn the poses that target the meridians of the body that are directly related to stress, frustration, and decision-making; through the practice, by connecting to your breath and giving over to gravity and the state of “effortless effort,” create greater reserves to cope with the stresses of everyday and replace frustration with patience and peace of mind. Replenish, revive, balance and recharge. Get to know your inner emotional landscape with this profound mind-body “un-workout.” With the Yin practice of long-held, deeply relaxing “stretching” poses that open and energize the “meridians,” or energy pathways of the body, we restore youthful joint mobility as we quietly collect and gather chi, our life force and we come to experience a multitude of benefits.

Time records itself in the deeper connective tissue of the body, where traumatic emotional and physically based experiences find a “home.” When engaging in a yin practice, it is not at all uncommon to release held emotions that accompanied the original trauma and practitioners can become angry, frustrated or anxious and start to express their powerful emotions either through laughter or tears. This can be both remarkably cathartic and very therapeutic physically; while it may sound unappealing or even frightening, having a release of this kind is incredibly beneficial and unburdening and can help to unlock chronic holding patterns or pain in the body, leaving you with a feeling of deep peace and lightness.

When we are more grounded in the body, the mind and the spirit can be set free. By finding the courage to let go, to surrender the need to control, we discover the unexplored territories of our own interior landscapes, and while what we find may feel new, these treasures, our body-mind potential and capabilities have actually been there all along. Come celebrate yourself while you reduce stress and recharge your inner batteries in this soothing and spirit-liberating Yin Yoga workshop! All levels welcome~