We move through life as eternal students of the world, learning constantly from every moment and from every experience. But throughout the years certain things, and (if we are lucky) certain people, emerge as particularly powerful teachers. Jenn Tardif is one such teacher – for me and for so many others – offering guidance and profound insight that fundamentally alters understandings and experiences of this reality.
Perhaps then it is no surprise that I first encountered Jenn in her official capacity as an instructor, teaching yoga and meditation as she has for so many years. Over time, as I returned again and again to Jenn’s class, I began to realize that what she was teaching so far exceeded any physical practice. Instead what she was teaching, and what she continues to teach, is a way of being that is grounded, intelligent, and bold in its defiance of society’s incessant pressures.
In the nature of a true teacher, Jenn seems to be ever-driven by a desire to share her knowledge with more people, striving to make the practices and rituals she cherishes accessible to a broader population. 3rd Ritual, her newly-born and impeccably designed line of ‘mindful objects’, does exactly that. Merging modern design with Taoist and yogic philosophies, 3rd Ritual’s tools for meditation and mindfulness facilitate a more thoughtful, beautiful, and intentional way of life.
In many ways this is the beginning of a new chapter in Jenn’s life – the first moments of not only her journey as a business owner, but also as a mother. These stunning photos of her, a few weeks shy of her due date, capture a beautiful moment of transition - one that she occupies with the same wisdom and grace that she brings to all that she does. I am thrilled to shine a light on this incredible soul, to share a bit of her beauty, and most importantly, to support someone who has supported me in more ways than I can count.