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Jen Mueller
Washington, DC
Jen Mueller is a Washington DC resident, environmental advocate, communications professional, photographer, yogi, runner, mom, and owner of a small green pacific parrotlet named Bug.
Interests: gardening, running, parrots, tropical fish, marathons, hiking, parenting, reading, photography, politics, yoga., parrotlets
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. . . what books would be on my office shelves, I probably would have guessed very wrong. I've always considered myself to be a generalist, of sorts. For example, I resisted specializing in environmental policy, already quite specialized, and chose communications instead of a particular policy focus. Well, that was another lifetime, but recently, I've described my yoga teaching as covering the entire prenatal-to-death spectrum. I teach toddlers, preschoolers, school-age kids, adults, prenatal, postnatal . . . but I'm finally thinking I need to specialize, at least a little bit. My father has always said, "If you want to know what someone wants to do, just watch what they do." - more tomorrow - Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2013 at Puddle Jumping in DC
fear fi(ə)r/ noun noun: fear; plural noun: fears 1. an unpleasant emotion caused by the belief that someone or something is dangerous, likely to cause pain, or a threat. 3. a feeling of anxiety concerning the outcome of something or the safety and well-being of someone. faith fāTH/ noun noun: faith 1. complete trust or confidence in someone or something. . . . again, and again. Musing on this tonight and anytime I have to make a decision. My philosophy on fear is something I teach in prenatal yoga: you have to go into it, the uncomfortable feeling, but that doesn't mean it goes away, just that you can do what you need to do anyway. Photos: Warning sign on the Great Wall near Beijing, China. "Heart" leaves in Great Falls National Park, MD. Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2013 at Puddle Jumping in DC
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I used to blog. Then I had a kid and then, even worse, I made one of my hobbies into my day job. I watched many NaBloPoMos, Blogher's challenge to post every day in November, pass without signing up. This year, in an effort to force myself to create fresh written content for Breathing Space Family Yoga, I signed up. In a fit of madness, I signed this blog up too. So far, the posting her has been minimalist, but I've got some ideas . . . In the mean time, enjoy what I've been posting on yoga: Yoga 101: Utthita Parsvakonasana - Extended Side Angle Pose It’s a standing pose introduced in most beginners yoga class, yet its classic form and variations continue to challenge me years after first encountering it. Uttita Parsvakonasa (extended side angle pose) is one of my favorite asana (postures) and I teach it in... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2013 at Puddle Jumping in DC
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Actual birthday was very quiet because she had been running a fever and we kept her home from school. Party? Total opposite. Kind of a mad house with a dozen kids making masks, playing with toys, roasting marshmallows, and eating cake in a tent in the living room -but everyone lived to tell about it and Maya declared it the best party ever. After: With the birthday wall decor. Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2013 at Puddle Jumping in DC
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Very serious skeleton poses just before 2013 trick-or-treating (yes, those are hot pink Hello Kitty socks). Previous costumes include Ruby Glooom (one of this year's criteria was "recognizable), Cinderella, Bat (yes, the costume looks like a fariy princess ballerina, but don't let that fool you), lion, bear, and newborn. Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2013 at Puddle Jumping in DC
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Check out the Breathing Space Family Yoga website for the full schedule of yoga classes at Hill Center this fall. You can find me teaching Adults and Prenatal on Monday nights, toddlers and preschoolers on Tuesday mornings, and Baby & Me at noon on Thursdays. See you on the mat. Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2013 at Yoga with Jen Mueller
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New Name for the Same Great Classes Over the past year or so, the family yoga programing I've been building on Capitol HIll has grown beyond just me. (As far as I know, Amalie, Cindy, Kate and Rebecca don't answer to the name Jen.) The mission of Breathing Space Family... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2013 at Yoga with Jen Mueller
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Posted Jul 2, 2013 at Yoga with Jen Mueller
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We have a couple of overlapping spring and summer sessions this year, with adult and prenatal starting their summer sessions before kids and family classes are over for spring. Also new this summer: Tuesday morning Itsy Bitsy Yoga and Wednesday morning Bring Your Baby Yoga! What does that mean for... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2013 at Yoga with Jen Mueller
Capitol Hill Apt Steps from MetroBook Online Find a place to stay in Washington Did you know we have a fully equipped in-law suite in the basement? We do, and you can come stay with us! The apartment has its own entrance, a full kitchen and bath, access to shared laundry and a yard/patio. Sleeps 4 adults comfortably in a double bed and living room futon. A portable crib (pack and play) or air-mattresses for children or extra adults are also available. Location and Ammenities Best part? Our place is unbelievably convenient to transit and DC attractions. Step outside and choose a blue or orange line metro train across the street, or bus stops that serve 7 different routes within a stone's throw of your accommodations. During peak hours, your public transit commute to the U.S. Capitol, the mall, and Smithsonian Museums is less than 10 minutes. Our home is... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2013 at Puddle Jumping in DC
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A new session of yoga at Hill Center begins April 10 and runs through June 23. Registration is open and classes are starting to fill. See individual descriptions below and registration links for full details. Adult Yoga When: Wednesday, 6:15 to 7:15 pm with Jen OR Sunday 3:30 - 4:45... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2013 at Yoga with Jen Mueller
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Posted Feb 26, 2013 at Yoga with Jen Mueller
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Posted Jan 6, 2013 at Yoga with Jen Mueller
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Posted Jan 4, 2013 at Yoga with Jen Mueller
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Posted Dec 30, 2012 at Yoga with Jen Mueller
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Registration is open for January-March 2013 Capitol Hill family yoga classes with a new registration system for all Hill Center classes! All classes below are taught by Jen Mueller unless otherwise noted. Saturdays @ Hill Center New 10-week Itsy Bitsy Yoga® sessions begin on January 12 and run through March... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2012 at Yoga with Jen Mueller
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Maya came down the stairs this morning and declared: "Mom, you have to measure me to see if I'm really 5." Photo by Siobhan Hanna Photography / All rights reserved Nearly-five has already been amazing us this fall with improved attitude and independence. Still an avid drawer and artist with a significant attention span for those activities, her artwork is detailed and story-oriented. And, oh my goodness, board games. A couple of months ago, Maya developed an interest in and attention span for board games that can often outlast her parents. Now in PreK (in a mixed-age Montessori classroom), Maya is desperate to learn to read. She recently discovered the graphic novel and has been rapidly consuming the DC Public Library supply of them (we have to be a bit careful, because 5 is not the target demographic for many of these). This time last year, Maya wore her Cinderella... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2012 at Puddle Jumping in DC
To her playmate on the way to the swimming pool Thursday afternoon: "Want to pretend that you are 40? Cause that's really super old!" And on the way back home because I obviously had not understood the question the first time: "No, no. How did "dad's name" and "mom's name" make "child's name" be born. How did they do it?" Luckily, my "That's a conversation for another time" response sufficed, because I'd really rather not educate someone else's 5 year old on that topic. Maya and her playmate subsequently decided that the playmate should go home and ask her parents, too. After dinner while discussing why she can't wear her Crocs to school any more (The tread is gone and she slips in the halls) but she doesn't want to get rid of the old ones or remove her Hello Kitty decorations: "Can't you and Dad just please decide that... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2012 at Puddle Jumping in DC
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Posted Oct 19, 2012 at Yoga with Jen Mueller
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Who are your heros? Mine include: Ghandi, Martin Luther King, Wangari Maathai, Lois Gibbs, Mitch Snyder . . . Find out why I'm writing about mine and what it has to do with yoga over at jenmuelleryoga.com Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2012 at Puddle Jumping in DC
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Who are your heros? Mine include: Ghandi, Martin Luther King, Wangari Maathai, Lois Gibbs, Mitch Snyder . . . What your answer and mine probably have in common is that heros tend to be people who have consciously decided to contribute their energies to positive change in the world. That... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2012 at Yoga with Jen Mueller
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Posted Oct 10, 2012 at Yoga with Jen Mueller
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Like many mothers of girls, I've struggled with the rise of the princess culture. Until quite recently, we were all about princesses around here. Maya owns each of the tiny fashion dolls, a couple of the Barbie-sized dolls, Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty costumes, princess underwear and several items of bedtime-wear with princesses. And my impression is that we've been fairly conservative in princess acquisition (the majority of which is hand-me-down in origin). We could have purchased clothing, furniture, bedding, lunch boxes, toothpaste, shampoo . . . even grapes. Post based on an article originally published on Care2. Check out comments there. Disney Princesses Are Everywhere I don't remember owning much princess paraphernalia as a child. Sure, there were princesses, but there wasn't a Disney Princess marketing machine the way there is now. There was almost a blog post here titled "Not Really a Ball Kind of Girl" (though I did... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2012 at Puddle Jumping in DC
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Posted Oct 2, 2012 at Yoga with Jen Mueller
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Blog originally posted on YogaActivist.org I've taught extra-curricular and enrichment yoga classes in a variety of settings: public and private schools, for children just turning 2 to 12 years, and as part of the school day and within after-school care. In nearly all cases, the teachers I've worked with are... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2012 at Yoga with Jen Mueller