What started out as a way to get back on the field slowly evolved into a way of life. I learned there's much more to this practice than just the physical aspects. I learned to not let the big picture slow you down, but instead, to appreciate life moment by moment and to be thankful for who I am now. Yoga has changed me in ways I could never have imagined.
This greater understanding was the spark that made me want to become a yoga teacher. My goal is to help others unlock the benefits of yoga, both physical and mental. I want to help folks stop and smell the roses and appreciate the greatness that lies within.
My yoga journey began at 18 when a friend suggested I try a class at the local gym. It happened to be an Ashtanga primary series and from that day forward I was hooked! However, it wasn’t until my last year of college, when my clowning and movement studies professor asked if I would assist his summer yoga intensive, that I started to consider teaching.
My initial 200 hour yoga training was in Canggu, Bali, Indonesia in multi-style vinyasa, viniyoga, and incorporated thai massage. I began my yoga career in Chicago, Illinois where, in my first two years, I was lucky enough to help open five different boutique yoga spaces. Primarily a power vinyasa and restorative-yin yoga teacher, my life changed completely when I was contacted by a high profile triathlon coach to work with her disabled athletes. I was introduced to the true therapeutic benefits of yoga for recovery, pain management, and trauma. I work with students who have, and have had, cerebral palsy, traumatic brain injuries, amputations, visual impairments, spinal chord injury, chronic pain, and/or nerve damage. Last year I partnered with the Accessible Yoga Movement in Santa Barbara to become one of the organization’s first Accessible Yoga Ambassadors.
I approach life with an open heart and zero expectations; as I believe you should approach every yoga class. I am overjoyed to share my practice with you. Come play!
Everyone is welcome in the classes that I get to lead. There's no judgement allowed, of self or others, as your practice is not the same as that of the person next to you. We'll focus on the breath, as a way to still the "fluctuations" of the mind, and we'll celebrate the incremental and individual successes that slowly build to create your own, very unique, yoga journey. Whether you're a seasoned practitioner or brand-spanking new, there's always more to discover, always a way to move deeper. My own yoga journey has been a long one, one that has taught me, among other things, to not take things for granted, to live in the center and to keep moving forward.
Hot Power Fusion - 200-Hour (Hot8Yoga)
Vinyasa Flow - 500-Hour (YogaWorks)
Kundalini Yoga - 200-Hour (Golden Bridge)
Accessible Yoga Ambassador - 30 Hour (Jivana Heyman, Accessible Yoga)
Reiki Practitioner - Level 3 (Thea Parsons, Reiki Master)
Cornelius Jones Jr., E-RYT200, a natural born mover began his career sprinting alongside running backs on patchy football fields while pirouetting and harmonizing in Glee-like Show Choirs at concert halls, amid coming of age in Richmond, VA and Washington, DC. He attended The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA where he received a BFA in Musical Theater. Broadway bound, at the age of 22, was cast in his first Broadway show Thou Shalt Not, directed & choreographed by Tony award winner Susan Stroman. He then went on to perform as dancer & singer in the Broadway, 1st & 2nd National tour, Mexico, and Las Vegas companies of Disney’s The Lion King. It was at The University of the Arts where Cornelius first met Hatha Yoga, as a course requirement. At the beginning of his Lion King journey he discovered Bikram Yoga for physical recovery. His love for Hot Vinyasa Flow birthed after completing a rigorous Masters Degree and releasing an abusive intimate relationship, as way of mentally & physically detoxifying. He received his Vinyasa Power training through CorePower Yoga and his Yoga Sculpt and Yoga Barre training through Hot8 Yoga. An official E-RYT200, he's also First Aid/CPR certified through the American Heart Association. With Cornelius, a professionally trained dance and fitness entrepreneur, prepare yourself to not only sculpt, tone, and stretch the body, but also build on your natural physical vocabulary to free your body through prana & dance. With a voluminous music palate and weekly servings of food for thought, Cornelius teaches with love for all & out the box energy. He’s a spoken-word artist and author and loves bringing a rhythmical, lyrical, and spiritually fluid flow to his class. Expect to go on a voyage through body, soul, mind and heart. with Cornelius. Heal through Art &Yoga. Namaste. Visit him off the mat at www.corneliusjonesjr.com.
Off the mat, Tessa is a writer, reader, and novice guitarist. She is a graduate of Columbia University, and holds a master’s degree in Modernist English literature from Oxford.