Since Jessica was young, she has been pursuing a life of fitness and health. Beginning with her first dance class at age 4, her motivation for a healthy, active, and energetic lifestyle has manifested into what it has become today. Through the years of dance, cheer, running, and cycling, surviving obstacles and injuries, she turned her attention to hot yoga to heal the body from rigorous workouts. Hot yoga quickly became more than just a physical release as it simultaneously challenged her mental and emotional mind. With an emphasis on the wellbeing of the physical and emotional body, Jessica is continuiously learning about nutrition, fitness, and most importantly hot yoga! Her ability to guide individuals to a happier more fulfilling life as a yoga advisior allows for her to establish a foundation with clients forming a community within the studio. Through the formation of a supportive community, individuals are able to fulfill their goals and aspirations using the heated yoga environment to help guide them to the life they want to live.
My fascination for the body and movement began at a very young age when I started my training in New York City at the School of American Ballet to become a professional ballerina. I became reliant on self-discipline and dedication in order to achieve my dreams. Feeling the pressure of such a competitive atmosphere, I turned to yoga in hopes to find a balance. It was then, at the end of my very first yoga practice that the instructor had us chant ‘OM’. In that moment I could feel my body absorbing the yoga and for the first time in awhile a sense of inner peace and calm had rushed throughout my body. After that I was totally hooked, I began practicing hot yoga regularly incorporating it into my everyday routine while I continued to pursue my dance career. After becoming a professional ballerina and dancing with some of the best ballet and contemporary ballet companies in the country, I found myself with multiple injuries. I found that the more I immersed myself in my yoga practice, the quicker I was able to heal and regain my strength back from injury. I was really in awe and inspired by the yoga and what it had done for my body that I decided I wanted to deepen my practice.
I moved to California in September 2012 and set a goal to spend an entire year educating myself on the body, injury prevention and my yoga practice. Yearning to nourish my desire to learn more about yoga and how to instruct others, I signed up for the 200-hour Hot Yoga teacher training at Hot 8 Yoga under the guidance of Deanna Ainsworth. I learned yoga was so much more than just a physical practice but the compassion, acceptance and mental focus cultivated in class were powerful tools that would help me in my everyday life. After that I knew I wanted to educate myself further and knew I needed to become certified in my favorite class, Yoga Barre! I signed up for the 200-hour Yoga Barre teacher training under Nancy Norby and Natasha Needles and this was an absolute perfect fit for me; harmoniously combining both yoga and dance in a fun yet challenging class. The opportunity to teach and share my passion for yoga is one of the most fulfilling opportunities I have endured thus far. I strive to help guide and heal other yogis toward mind, body, and spiritual awareness. I am humbled and honored by the power of yoga and dedicate myself to passing that on. Namaste.