Jess’s style of yoga allows for her students to unfold limitations in both body and mind while providing a space to feel a sense of peace within. She weaves thought provoking meditations and mindful breathing throughout her teaching, applying ancient wisdom to our Western world in a useful and understandable way.
Jess made me feel comfortable practicing a craft I am not (yet) totally comfortable with. I think many of us struggle with being alone in our own heads, trying to block out the background noise of our busy lives. Jess was able to help me “let go” and practice acceptance during our meditation workshop together. Jess also embodies the values any true RYT should. She practices yoga with composure, mindfulness, and anatomical knowledge. She is a pleasure to work with, and I highly endorse her services to anyone looking to mindfully improve his/her life.
In working with a new student, we first assess goals and interests. Why are you here? What are you looking to get out of a yoga and/or meditation practice?
From there, the client reads and completes an intake form and liability waiver. "Do you have health conditions I should be aware of?" "Have you tried yoga or meditation in the past?" "What is your lifestyle like?" These questions (and way more!) truly matter when it comes to the quality of personalized yoga or meditation programs tailored for private clients.
I started practicing yoga when I was in high school. I was seventeen at the time, a pretty depressed teenager with family troubles, and and I got stuck with yoga as an elective class. I tried to switch out - no such luck. After some initial hesitance - it became fascinating. I fell in love with the movement. I fell in love with how the breathwork. I thought the poses were magnetizing. I began taking power hot yoga classes at the local yoga studio my teacher from the high school owned. I loved how I felt physically. I hated how it felt physically. It hurt. It was magic. It was difficult. It was bliss. I kept returning to the mat over and over through every emotion that rose. At first it was exercise - until it wasn't. I understood it was more. I began to research and study whatever I could about yoga and developed a home meditation practice. I sat for hours in mindfulness meditation and playing guided meditations on my TV, like a scientist doing an expirement. It took hard work and time until I finally had my "A-Ha!" meditation moment. I practiced more and more. I felt confidence in practice, but thought I'd never be ready to teach. My teacher Leeann said - "Jessica, you have to take my program. You're ready." I took a deep breath, graduated a 1 Year Yoga Teacher Training Program, became a Registered Yoga Teacher, and haven't stopped teaching, practicting, and studying yoga since.
I would invite a student to take their time before choosing a teacher. Engage with them, ask as many questions as possible in order to find a teacher that truly wants to help you - and whose style of teaching aligns with your goals. Be honest in what you are searching for and going through. They are here to help you!