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Jess specializes in teaching what she calls Kriya Yoga:⠀⠀
Kriya Yoga is a physical, vital, mental, intellectual and spiritual sadhana (a discipline for the five koshas/bodies), in which one remembers one's true Self, the pure Witness consciousness, and lets go of the false egoistic identification with the body and mental movements. It means ‘Action with Awareness.’ Thus, each class incorporates awareness and movement into the practices of asana (physical postures), pranayama (breathing techniques), meditation (mental focus and visualization), mantra (repetition of syllables and sound), and self-study in all thoughts, worlds, dreams, and desires - therefore in all actions. The practice and techniques grant you more control over your life, and strengthen our intuition and our power of healing. Our immune system is strengthened and we enjoy vibrant health, a strong nervous system, more energy, and a relaxed, peaceful demeanor. The best way to understand this yoga is to experience it, and to be willing to relate to your inner wise teacher in every moment.
Her public weekly classes are typically 75 minutes long, which cultivates a devotion to the subtleties of the mind and spirit while also supporting and strengthening the physical body. This practice is unique, transformative, and accessible to everyone through its focuses on breath, imagination, movement, meditation, and even mantra.
In her time in Baltimore, Maryland, Jess taught Kriya Yoga at AsanaRoots Community Yoga Studio in Station North every Tuesday 7:15-8:30pm, Mindful You Yoga Studio in Dundalk every Monday 9:30-10:45am, and both the Mount Washington and Hampden locations of Baltimore Yoga Village on Thursdays 4:45-6pm and Saturdays 10-11:15am.
Jess is also known for her teachings of Hatha Yoga:⠀⠀
This completely integrated practice balances the mind and body. It is open to all skill levels and is rooted in the 8 limbs of yoga. It incorporates elements of flowing vinyasa, inversions, balances, and longer held poses to help you discover concentration, meditation, abiding contentedness and peace, and deep healing relaxation. Hatha Yoga builds strength, endurance, and flexibility through the Asana (postures) and Pranayama (breathing techniques). During this class you will experience a challenging yet accessible practice with modifications available for beginners and advanced practitioners alike, leading you to radiant health and a peaceful life.
Jess's lineage of Hatha Yoga comes through Sri Dharma Mittra ("Dharma Yoga") and his lead teacher trainer Gabrielle "Yogini Kali" Sulc.
In her time in Baltimore, Maryland, Jess taught Hatha Yoga at Earth Treks Climbing in Hampden Tuesdays from 6:15-7:15am, AsanaRoots Community Yoga Studio on Mondays 7-8:15pm, and in multiple workplace settings for private classes, including two top accounting firms.
When not teaching adults, Jess loves leading kid's classes, parties, and events!
In today's fast-paced and technological world, our children often need more self-regulatory skill sets like easing anxiety, stress, and managing their own emotions. With mindful intention, kids can begin to harness their inner power through movement, breath, and mindful activities - all while focusing on the present moment. Jess' philosophy: to change the world, change our children. Teach them meditation and we will have no more violence.
In Jess' Classes, we focus on:
Mindful moving and posture sequences geared at integrating the mind and body
Breathing techniques that relieve stress and sharpen focus
Mindful exercises, activities, and games aimed at improving attention - such as coloring, eating a snack, and talking about key life concepts such as gratitude
For more information, look into the research behind how mindfulness and yoga benefits children specifically here.
Jess teaches children's yoga for 3-17 year olds, with her expertise as a public school teacher, an early childhood educator, and a Kidding Around Yoga Instructor.