Jess began practicing yoga four years ago when carpal tunnel syndrome, back pain and the stress of her post-college move to NYC propelled her onto a mat. Sweating profusely and smiling wider than ever, she found grace through practiced synchronization of breath and movement. A vipassana meditation practitioner, amateur contact improv dancer and budding Acro-Yogi, Jess received her YA 200-hr certification from Three Sisters Yoga, her children’s yoga certification from OmSchooled and has trained with The Lineage Project. In her classes, Jess weaves together insight & mindfulness meditation, playful movement exploration, and classic asana and pranayama. She encourages students toembrace the full spectrum of human experience through the cultivation of a curious and playful awareness of the present moment. Jess’s classes often flow to eclectic playlists culled from several years of working in A&R at a world music record label, and when she’s not teaching yoga, she’s playing Afro-Latin percussion, baking bread or doing cartwheels. She is infinitely grateful to her many teachers and to be in service to the Third Root community.
Early in my yoga practice, a teacher told me that my inability to forward fold was a body habit. I had thought it a fact. After some time, I began to suspect that behavior, thought, and emotion might be habitual too. Meditative movement of the body has allowed me access into formerly closed-off (or perhaps non-existent) areas like re-invention, spontaneity, acceptance, responsiveness, and creation. If little else, at least I can see them.
My practice and teaching incorporate flow, alignment, and breath — three elements that bring new perspectives into view. As a teacher I wish to be a conduit, a hand to guide students down their (not my) paths. The paths might prove unimaginable and new.
I am grateful for the inspiration and example, physically and beyond, that I have experienced over the last twelve years from the teachers Sarah Willis, Paul Manza, and Nikki Villela. I am also certified in pre-natal yoga, a structure that has provided me, a non-pregnant yoga practitioner, with greater allowance of self-respect, fluidity, expansion, and trust.