With nearly 15 years of study, my yoga practice has grown into a cherished, patient, and wise guide that has supported the navigation of injuries, life challenges, and self-inquiry. I believe yoga to be a journey of self-exploration that can open our hearts to the inner wisdom that enables us to live life with authenticity, dedication, and love. I am committed to my daily movement, breath, and mindfulness practices as a way of grounding into the undercurrent of the presence (or love) that permeates all living things. It is this practice that reminds me that each moment matters and holds an opportunity to greet life vivaciously.
In my classes, I aim to encourage a compassionately curious,
warmhearted, and playful environment where students of all levels can
explore and deepen their practice. Integrating inspiration from my many
avenues of study, I blend together my knowledge and experience of anatomy, alignment, philosophy, mindfulness, Ayurveda, and yoga therapy. In 2002, I began my yoga studies with Denise Benitez of Seattle Yoga Arts and went on to train under Sarahjoy Marsh in Portland, OR, completing my 200-hr teacher training in 2012 and 300-hr Yoga Therapy training in 2015. From 2012 - 2015, I worked closely with Sarahjoy, assisting with curriculum development and teaching for teacher trainings. During this time, I frequently volunteered through the DAYA Foundation, offering yoga classes in high schools for students with learning differences and teaching a 200-hr teacher training program at a medium security men's prison. During my last year in Portland, I had the honor of deepening my awareness practice with Caverly Morgan and volunteering with Peace in Schools, an incredible nonprofit that offers for credit mindfulness classes in Portland high schools. Over the years, I have also had the opportunity to study with Saraswathi Vasudevan of Yogavahini in India, Max Strom, Mark Singleton, Chris Coniaris, Catherine Ingram, and Dr. Shankaranaryana Jois. Currently, I am pursuing a masters degree in Counseling Psychology at Bastyr University in Seattle.
As Rumi once wrote, “Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.” This is our practice; to come to our mats, exactly as we are, and through the medium of the body and breath, investigate, observe, and lovingly crack open our inner barriers to the wisdom of the present moment. It is within presence that we thrive and live within love. I look forward to meeting you on the mat and exploring this practice together.
“I have practiced Yoga for over 30 years and have had several excellent teachers. Jess ranks at the top in knowledge of her craft, understanding of the human body, and her ability to modify poses to promote participation, safety and acceptance of one's abilities. She creates a lovely, peaceful environment leading chants with her beautiful singing voice. I leave her classes feeling energized yet relaxed, focused, and calm.” -
“Jess's class sequences are wonderful, thoughtful series of poses with clear direct instruction that lead me to a place that pulls all of the elements of the class together. I enjoy inversions, and attention to backbends, and also appreciate the slower paced, mindful classes that build slowly and mindfully, bringing me deeply into my body. I always learn something new about myself and my body.”
“Jess is a caring, compassionate and professional yoga teacher who gives individual time and attention to her students. Her classes provide a delicate balance of strength, flexibility and challenging poses at a level in which students can feel successful. I love the chanting and pranayama as well. I love the whole class!” -
“I appreciate the way that Jess will break a pose down to its constituent parts and focus on an aspect of the pose and then provide reminders about that aspect when we put it all back together. I appreciate her pacing of the class. I'm grateful that she seems genuinely happy to see me when I'm there. I appreciate her example of yoga practice as a communal, interconnected with the world activity.”