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WHY YOGA?

 

Yoga is for E V E R Y O N E.


Yoga unites the mind, body, and soul in a way that eases tension and promotes health, well-being, and vitality. Regular practice improves your breathing, flexibility, and outlook on life. Add it to your daily routine or workplace setting, and you'll increase your quality of life. 

Yoga Practices

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KRIYA YOGA

Jess's specialty and primary practice for herself, and her teachings

Kriya Yoga is a physical, vital, mental, intellectual and spiritual sadhana. (Sadhana is a personal, individual effort or practice to communicate with the divine inside of you and all around you on a daily basis. It is the main tool you use to work on yourself to achieve your purpose in life.) Regular practice helps you remembers your true Self, the pure Witness consciousness, and lets go of the false egoistic identification with the body and mental movements. Kriya translates as ‘Action with Awareness.’ Thus, each practice incorporates awareness and movement into the elements 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. 
This practice is unique, transformative, and accessible to everyone (regardless of background!) through its focuses on breath, imagination, movement, meditation, and even mantra.

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HATHA YOGA

The foundation that created the 8 limbs of yoga as we know it

Hatha Yoga is a completely integrated practice in and of itself, balancing the mind and body. Ha meaning sun, Tha  meaning moon, this practice brings harmony to the masculine and feminine aspects of life and creates unity in opposites. Some call Hatha Yoga the "original" yoga practice, and thus is is accessible for all skill levels, even those in the beginning. 

The practice incorporates elements of flowing movements like you'd find in a vinyasa class, longer held poses to help you discover concentration, meditation, abiding contentedness, and peace, inversions, balances, gentle yin-like postures for releasing, pranayama breathwork, meditation, and of course, deep healing relaxation. Hatha Yoga builds strength, endurance, and flexibility through the Asana (postures) and Pranayama (breathing techniques). While it may seem challenging at times, the practice can be modified for a more gentle experience. With regular practice of Hatha Yoga you will experience radiant health and a more peaceful life.
Jess's lineage of Hatha Yoga study comes through Sri Dharma Mittra ("Dharma Yoga") and his lead teacher trainer Gabrielle "Yogini Kali" Sulc.

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CHILDREN'S YOGA

When not teaching adults, Jess loves teaching classes, parties and events for 3-17 year olds

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


Jess's children's yoga classes are informed by her expertise as a public school teacher, an early childhood educator, and a Kidding Around Yoga Instructor.

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PRIVATE YOGA

1:1 guidance or small private classes designed with you in mind

If deepening your connection to self and expanding your awareness of yoga philosophy and techniques is what you seek, then private yoga sessions is what you might need. Jess focuses on you as an individual and incorporates her wealth of personal experiences, resources, and knowledge in yoga tradition, spirituality, breath, physical practices, meditation, and mantra to aid your life's journey and goals. 

Some practices of yoga we will use:

  • Kriya and Kundalini Yoga

  • Tantric Hatha Yoga

  • Trauma-Informed Yoga

  • Restorative Yoga 

These sessions can be in-person or online, or a combination to best suit your needs.

Private yoga is perfect for people wanting a home yoga practice but do not know where to bgin, for people needing assistance with physical and mental release, and for people seeking routine. Jess's gentle but straightforward approach will help you feel at ease, and satisfied with your sessions!

WORKPLACE YOGA

Manage stress, Enhance creativity and clarity, Improve communication, Increase effectiveness

In your office or residence, yoga not only increases physical fitness but also results in distinct changes in employee behavior even with only one session per week. Your team members will be happier, and overall morale will improve. Yoga and meditation are easy to implement in a wellness program for your workplace due to the minimal cost and materials. Simply have a flat empty space, like a conference room or outdoors area, and some yoga mats.  Classes are catered to your group, regardless of skill level, fitness history, flexibility, and age. Jess crafts the perfect class, combining physical postures (asana), more subtle energetic yoga practices like Kundalini Yoga, restorative or yin yoga for something gentle, meditation, and even guided relaxation (Yoga Nidra).
A yoga wellness program will also help to lower insurance costs for the company: estimates show that healthcare costs eat up to 50% of corporate profits, yet studies have found that at least ¼ of healthcare costs were incurred by avoidable health risks, like tobacco use, diet, and lack of exercise. The good news is, most employees are willing to change their lifestyle habits if it meant lowering premiums.

So with all the benefits of incorporating a yoga wellness program, why not try today?

Inquire with Jess about group rates and series classes, seminars, and workshops.

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