Jennifer Miles, Founder & DOER
"In my teenage years, I struggled with anorexia and depression. At the age of 21, I was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis - a debilitating and chronic autoimmune disease that infects the lower intestine. I had a hard time balancing all of the medication I was prescribed with keeping my body and mind feeling healthy and happy. I was tired of being sick and tired and had enough of the way Western medicine used prescription drugs to treat this illness. Over the years, through a lot of trial and error, I have been able to refocus my treatment to include a healthy anti-inflammatory diet as well as natural pain and stress relief through the use of hemp, micro doses of medical cannabis, a regular Yin and Restorative Yoga and Yoga Nidra meditation practice, Chi Gong Healing and Traditional Chinese Medicine. Currently, I am completely free of all pharmaceutical drugs and living life happy and in remission.
I studied classical ballet and contemporary dance for many years. I also had some incredibly fun and rewarding years as professional dancer. During the early years in my dance career, I discovered my passion and talent for teaching. I taught ballet, contemporary dance and choreography for over ten years and lead Pilates, strength conditioning and barre classes for 4 years. After sitting in Ayahuasca ceremony in 2017, I experienced a big shift in my spirituality and self-healing. I knew I needed to uncover more about what I was experiencing and diving into a spiritual practice such as yoga resonated deeply with me. Consequently, I enrolled in an advanced yoga teacher training program at Southwest Institute of Healing Arts and Spirit of Yoga.
I hold a 500 hour yoga teacher training distinction and am constantly adding new methods of healing to my craft. With 600 hours of advanced yoga training through SWIHA and SOY, I am certified in I AM Yoga Nidra™ and Yin, Yoga for Post Traumatic Stress (PTS), Hatha Gong™ Prenatal and Restorative Yoga. My passion is working with unique and special populations such as MMA and BJJ athletes, veterans, those suffering from trauma, people in recovery, and those who suffer from illness and dis-ease. I feel humbled and honored to guide others on their journey toward self-healing.
The decision to focus my attention on the practice of yoga set the trajectory for my company Cannakula. In my experience, I have found that cannabis and all of its properties impart immeasurable benefits in terms of pain relief and physical healing of the body. Through the use of this plant, I have also experienced a profound effect on my mind and body during yoga and meditation practice. I feel it is important to educate people about respectful use of the plant in healing way with ‘whole-istic’ health of the human being in mind. It is my vision to share these experiences and message of self-healing with the world. Through my passion project, Cannakula, I am able to bring this deeper connection to self and health to the community; an opportunity for which I am very grateful."