Genni Lee Hester


Currently earning her M.A. in Biobehavioral Health at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Education, Teachers College, Genni ultimately intends to bring yoga therapy|somatic meditation deeper into the western rehabilitation model.

Genni graduated magna cum laude, earning her Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy and Religious Studies from Marymount Manhattan College in New York City. During her time in college she also studied fine art and photography at Lorenzo De Medici School of the Art in Florence, Italy.

Two volunteer experiences during this time evolved her career path. First, Genni was a NYC FoodBank, Kid’s Cookshop Teacher at the Bronx P.S. 211. This opportunity revealed to her the necessity of teaching good health to younger generations. She also began volunteering in New York Integral Yoga’s Ashram in the West Village. Seven years later, Genni still volunteers and now teaches yoga classes as well.

On September 22nd, 2009 Genni published her first book, memoirs of the am. She states, “memoirs of the am is a collection of poetry I began writing out of a deep need to express my lived experience. It grapples with the realities of a first time voter in the 2008 election. It posits deep ethical and philosophical questions with a meditative tone.”

Unfortunately, with the good comes the bad. In the Spring of 2010, Genni’s grandmother – who raised her – was diagnosed with Glioblastoma (The most aggressive form of malignant brain tumors, which also took the life of Senator Ted Kennedy). Due to an adequate mixture of grace and determination, the most tumultuous event of her life became one of the biggest blessings. While taking a leave of absence from her undergraduate education to care for her grandmother, she discovered that by utilizing her yoga knowledge (even for someone with limited mobility), great relief could be found. She chanted, meditated, and used healing touch therapy while staying long hours at the hospital.

A year after her grandmother’s passing, Genni earned her Yoga Certification through New York Integral Yoga. She has taught public classes and private clients with myriad of struggles; such as, cerebral palsy, blindness, eating disorders, insomnia, depression, and respiratory issues, just to name a few. She has taught yoga in Texas, Spain, Mexico, and Argentina, too.

In July 2012 she founded this website, which you can learn more about on the welcome page. Currently she is building her wellness practice in NYC & online. Long-term she intends on becoming an Occupational Therapist.

If you have additional questions please find Genni’s contact information in the contact menu.


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  1. Hello. I’ve nominated you for a Liebster award

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