Expanding & Experiencing...
I grew up in Minnesota, USA in a rural town of less than 5,000. Between 18 - 43, I lived in major cities of all four corners of the US: Fort Lauderdale, Seattle, Los Angeles, New York City. For 20 years I worked in some aspect of the entertainment industry. Most of my education about how the world operates in a tangible sense came from my 8 years working at The New Yorker magazine. It seems none of this would have anything to do with where my life is now, but I'm a true believer that everything prepares you for your next step.
People often ask me when my "spiritual" journey began. As a young woman, my desire for my own healing initiated my curiosity in spirituality around 1989. Years later I began to develop clientele while I was completing a four year psycho-spiritual therapist training called Helix. Since then I have sat with thousands of clients, visited and studied with numerous teachers, healers and holy men and women from all over the world.
In 2012, I put my things into storage, packed 2 bags and left for an indefinite stay in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia, sight unseen. My way of life changed 100%. I was invited to join the world renowned Yoga Barn as a resident holistic healer. I sat regularly with Balinese priestesses, witnessed rituals, visited sacred grounds and participated in ceremonies all over the little Hindu island. My gratitude for this time period is immense.
After years of solo study and experimentation, I found two guides who took me into my next chapter: In Ubud, I sat with a beautiful Lama, trained in Dzogchen Tibetan Buddhism, who gave me structure and grounding; and in India, I met Baba, a Master of Swatantra. He pushed (and continues to push) me beyond what I thought was possible, fed my hunger for wisdom that I couldn't find in books and satiated my thirst for true Freedom. Since meeting them my life changed dramatically yet again. In June 2017, I decided to take another leap. I left The Yoga Barn and Bali to explore more of life and reimagine how I want to show up for it. It has led me to now spend most of my time in India furthering my spiritual journey .
Baba has given me two names: Jnana Janani. In Sanskrit Jnana means wisdom and Janani means Mother: Mother of Wisdom. Miss Patty, my mom, gave me the name Jana...it makes me smile to think that perhaps on some plane she knew more than she let on.
JANA JOHNSON IS ONE OF THE MOST AUTHENTIC AND SINCERE PEOPLE I'VE KNOWN. SHE HAS A WAY OF BEING WHICH NOURISHES THE SOUL EVEN FROM MILES AWAY, SHE MAKES YOU FEEL HEARD, HELD AND SEEN...SHE ASKED THE HARD QUESTIONS AND GAVE ME THE COURAGE TO LOOK AT THE ANSWERS OR LACK THEREOF WITH GRACE AND MATURITY. SHE STIRRED A SENSE OF DIVINE CONNECTIVITY WITHIN ME AND FACILITATED MY EXPERIENCE THROUGH MEDITATION, JOURNALING AND CONVERSATION AS I EXPLORED THE DIVINE FEMININE AND MY UNIQUE EXPRESSION OF THIS ~Lauren H-T.