We had the good fortune of connecting with Janine Glass and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Janine, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
Since I was a sophomore in college, I always dreamed of having my own business. Little did I know it would be in the fitness and wellness world. I’ve been on a long journey in the wellness and fitness area, and I truly believe that movement is medicine and that we all need a daily dose of mindful movement. Not only does it connect us to others, but it deepens our awareness of self! In 2010 I walked into a Forrest Yoga class and fell in love with the slow, deep, healing work.
Since then, it has been my mission to help people and my community heal chronic pain. And that is why I chose the next step which is owning my own sanctuary for healing and spread that out to our community!
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I spent much of my twebties unsure of what direction I wanted insofar as a career. I knew I eventually wanted to be my own boss. I was told I had to climb the ladder to get there, and I was determined to find something that I loved. It just wasn’t that easy and the road was extremely bumpy with many ups and downs. I had jobs that I did for the paycheck and jobs that I took that seemed interesting but ended up being soul-sucking. It wasn’t until I found yoga that I felt my path aligned and was lit up because my heart and soul were in it so deeply. I spent about a decade wandering until my Spirit was found in the practice of Forrest Yoga. I dove right into it. I got as much time with Ana Forrest as I could. I did 500 hours in 3 years and then went on to train with other lineages of yoga and studied anatomy. I have never stopped learning and evolving since then. Once I completed my first training, I didn’t stop. I got hired to teach at premier studios and traveled around quite a bit leading workshops, retreats, and definitely drove all around Los Angeles area. The one thing that I can say aided in my success is that when I hit a milestone of success, I reinvested it back into my growth whether it was hiring a coach, healing my body, or hiring a mentor. To this day, that is the one thing that sets me apart from all others–I’m constantly seeking where to reinvest myself and move to the next level. That’s the place I teach from and I believe it’s so important to keep evolving past habits, beliefs, and moving towards our highest self. Prior to the pandemic, I got my WundaBar Pilates certification and was managing studios in hopes to eventually own my own.
For the past five years I have been looking for a space to build out and call my own. However, then the pandemic hit and I thought for sure that dream was a little shattered. When I found a studio and space in early May that felt so I aligned, I leaped at the opportunity for expansion and community! That’s what I found at X-treme Pilates! I currently and proudly infuse contemporary reformer Pilates with the principles of Forrest Yoga.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Laguna Beach Sawdust Festival and walks on the beach. Malibu Surfers Beach and lunch at Malibu Farm. Bike rides in Santa Ynez with wine tasting and dinner at the Succulent Cafe. A stroll through Abbott Kinney with a healthy juice in hand. And, of course, all Yoga and Pilates classes, plus a trip to the K-spa for a soak and scrub as selfcare and love. These are just a few of my favorite things about Los Angeles and the surrounding area.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I first fell in love with the foundations and principles of Forrest Yoga. A dear teacher and friend of mine, Ducky Punch, had a lovely quaint studio in the heart of Los Feliz, Yummy Yoga. After practicing and working there, I was addicted to the mind, body and breath connection. I dove right into 28 days and 200 hours of Forrest Yoga Teacher Training on her recommendation.
Yelp: X-Treme Pilates