ABOUT KENDRA RENZONI
THE OBSTACLE IS THE WAY:
In 5-Element philosophy the element of fire is known as the magician because it transforms everything it touches. There is something so empowering about taking what you have and turning it into something new. It is not the “new thing” that is liberating, but the knowing that our greatest obstacles and most difficult circumstances can be the fuel for creating what we want in our lives. In her classes we go behind the scenes, where the real work happens, and transform our prior knowledge, challenges and limitations into strength and freedom.
To Kendra, the most successful and inspiring people out there are the ones teaching principles, not saying, “you should do this or that,” but teaching the “why” behind it so that everyone can forge their own path. As a teacher and shiatsu practitioner, she works to get each person into a place where they can discern for themselves how to move forward in a way that reaches their personal goals. This is empowering for the individual and it obliterates power dynamics while allowing a great relationship to build.
PERSONAL GROWTH THROUGH THE BODY:
She finds meaning and purpose through living and working as a teacher and bodyworker. For her, using the body as a medium for learning about oneself has been the most profound tool for personal growth she has come across!
Her group classes primarily focus on Foundation Training. She also works one-on-one with students to build a practice unique to their needs and she is a Shiatsu Practitioner.
She teaches alignment, strength within mobility, grace, technique, and experiential understanding of the anatomy and emotions within the body.
She studied a very traditional style of yoga called Iyengar Yoga, and taught for over 15 years, but through multiple injuries and yearning to learn more she studied:
- Shiatsu & 5 Element Philosophy from Chinese Medicine
- Foundation Training
- Shadow Yoga
- Internal Martial Arts
- Functional Range Conditioning
- Foundational Gymnastics
- Movement patterns from the Movement Culture — specifically the work of Ido Portal
- Yoga Tune-Up by Jill Miller: therapeutic work with muscle and fascia
- Non-Violent Communication
- The work of Byron Katie
Her practice, teaching & classes are highly influenced by these practices.
These practices have given her incredible resilience and recovery with depression, anxiety, fatigue, and multiple serious injuries over the years. Through these practices and a handful of fabulous mentors and teachers, her relationship to and understanding of emotional and physical pain has completely transformed and her teaching and bodywork is highly influenced by the knowledge and skill she has gained from working through these experiences.
- Foundation Training classes
- One-on-one movement lessons
- Therapeutic movement practices
- Shiatsu treatments
- 5 element consultations
She brings yoga philosophy, Chinese 5-element philosophy, buddhist philosophy, mindfulness practices, somatic experiencing practices, inquiry and intuition into classes and shiatsu treatments; creating the ability to be present, see patterns that cause pain, learn from them, and use them to create emotional and physical freedom.
In classes, she gives demonstrations of the postures and movement patterns; using her body to demonstrate what to do and what not to do and why. She sometimes asks students to demonstrate as well. She also uses her words to create imagery that clarifies what she is teaching.
In classes, she uses her voice in creative ways. Her direction begins with instruction; what to do, what not to do, and why. She is theatrical, plays different characters, tells stories, and repetitively weaves her instructions through class so students learn to apply one instruction in many different places and ways.
In classes, for students who want hands-on adjustments, she uses touch to communicate about the internal experience of an instruction. Her students often have “Aha!” moments from these!