In My Orbit: 2014 in Review

29 12 2014

Despite my recent neglect of the blog, viewership has still grown. Imagine what would happen if I actually posted more often? Perhaps a 2015 goal.

I am still going like gangbusters at Communities Digital News discussing politics and pop culture. Read my latest, Should Maria Shriver welcome Miley Cyrus for the holidays? For those of you who say, “Who cares?!”, It goes beyond the ex-Mrs. Schwarzennegar or Twerking Miley.
Read all about it at http://www.commdiginews.com/author/jennifer-oliver-oconnell/#xLxCEmgazVbhmx4W.99

Some photo highlights from my year, and many thanks to Sarit Photography and Yoga and Body Image Coalition for helping to make my 2014 magical!

Christmas 2014 Collage Church Collage Movieguide Awards coverage NBC Universal Collage TT 2014 Collage TWT Collage YBI Collage

It’s been a very good year–Happy 2015 to you all!

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 790 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 13 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

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The Winds of Change

25 04 2014

3rd Year Yogaversary Collage

Thursday marked the third anniversary of my completing CorePower Yoga’s Power Teaching Training! I am still bemused at the wealth of growth, confidence, and opportunities that have been born out of that one decision to delve deeper into my practice. Happy Yogaversary to me and much thanks to my fellow trainees, now teachers and managers, who joined me on this journey and made it fun, enriching, and supportive: Yvonne Masser-Bartels, Brandi Albright, Iman Alami, Krysten Clark, Simone Jacqueline, Janina Malbon, Valery VanderPal, Lydia Olson, Isabelle Fretheim, Catherine Sjolund, Allen Walls, and Liana Kerwood Gannan.

Invaluable to this process were the instructors (now my friends) who encouraged, guided, and mentored me toward and through those phases: Brigette Dunn-Korpela, Milena Sarian, Patricia Rae, Noriko Moser, Nancy Kane, David Miller, Keeley Crowfoot, and Emily Laine.

From my beginnings as a teacher in July of 2011 to now, I have met more amazing Yoga-centric people, and have been given opportunities to express the inspiration and transformation of the practice in my own life and the lives of others.

One of the fabulous creatures I have become aligned with in this journey is Sarit Rogers of Sarit Photography. A casual conversation about Yoga and body image at a Restorative Yoga workshop turned into a photo shoot, where Sarit lovingly captured my essence on the mat. Sarit and her husband Joseph have founded the LoveMore Movement, and she asked me to be part of the project! We tooled around the Sixth Street Bridge in Downtown L.A., capturing some fun portrait images of me along the L.A. River.

Sarit's handiwork, the artist herself, and the 6th Street Bridge

Sarit’s handiwork, the artist herself, and the 6th Street Bridge

 Another beautiful soul is Brigitte “GiGi” Kouba, creator of Yogaudacious. In 2014, she has chosen to spolight 52 courageous women, and I was blessed to kick off Week 2 of the year! Yogaudacious-Jennifer Oliver O’Connell

Another delicious slice of this cake was being featured (along with Ms. GiGi Kouba) as one of the “Curvy Yogis” in Yoga Mantra + Health Magazine. This magazine focuses on acceptance and love, rather than how to use Yoga to look like the supposed “ideal” or correct your so-called flaws.

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These plaudits are like wind in my sails, particularly as I prepare to move into a new phase of  this Yoga journey. In June, I will begin training at Yoga at the Village to move my certification to a 500-hour Registered Yoga Teacher.

I am so appreciative of the foundation of community and friendship, along with the quality training, feedback, and learning that I have received these past three years. I am beyond excited about the new and unexpected adventures that await as I dive deeper. I anticipate more growth, expansion, and transformation as I continue forward on this path.





In My Orbit…

28 06 2011

Digital Image courtesy of Danilo Rizzuti / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

So my worlds have collided in a good way. I taught my first C-1 class at CorePower Yoga Sherman Oaks. It was a good experience, and I hope the students felt the same. And I get to do it again next week! How cool is that?

Starting this Friday and through the month of July, I will be subbing a Yoga class for my friend Patty Rae at Santosha Space in Atwater Village. If you’re in the Los Feliz/Silverlake/Atwater Village area and want a good workout, come on by! Class starts at 10:30 am for those who like to sleep in.

I also completed my Yogis of Faith series on Examiner.com. If you have not read or commented lately, I invite you to join the conversation–and if you enjoyed the articles, please “Like” them! It does so much for my Google rating.

This evening, it’s off to CAAN Connect, an annual event hosted by Columbia College Chicago’s West Coast Alumni Association & Network. Now in it’s fourth year, this event connects entertainment alumni with industry insiders who can open doors and introduce us to key connections in the industry.

I found it an invaluable experience to polish and present my pitch, not to mention the great contacts I acquired. I plan to volunteer this time out, but there’s still the opportunity to schmooze, no matter what I’ll be doing!

One of the contacts I made at the previous CAAN is the lovely Jenny Januszewski, artist extraordinaire. Jenny will be pitching the short film she directed, The Shadower: a 3D Film about Love and Circumstance.

Above- and below-the-line talent from five film schools and nine countries were represented in the project, and everyone donated their time for this vision. Financial backing is needed to complete the film, so if you love film and love supporting independent vision, consider giving at the The Shadower‘s Kickstart website, or “Like” the The Shadower Facebook page.

For a “behind-the-scenes” look at the film project, go to the Kickstarter site or the Facebook page and click on the video.








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