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I think the one word I would use to describe Jessica is ‘authentic’. I’ve been practising yoga with her for over 18 months and I feel that she genuinely believes in yoga as a method to enrich one’s life, physically, emotionally and spiritually. Having said that, she never portrays herself as an infallible ‘guru’ figure and is refreshingly honest about her own vulnerabilities. This combination of skillfulness, both as a teacher and a practitioner, and her openess about her own flaws, makes her both inspirational and relateable at the same time.
— Louise O'Neill

Bio:

I started my journey with yoga in London in the late 1990's. Going to a few classes a week, I soon fell in love with the way yoga could support me mentally, physically and emotionally.

When I moved to Ireland with my husband in 2000 I began my training as a yoga teacher with Contemporary Yoga a school run by Marianne Gabriel and Charlie Stevens.

My yoga interests have always been in the mind body connection. 

Mental health care is I feel essential to our overall health as individuals and as a society. That our mind and body is inseparable and totally interconnected is now not an idea but a fact. So, I believe, the value of yoga lies in its ability to support our mental and physical health in equal measures. 

My style of yoga is based on Vinyasa Flow, Restoratives, Yin, Hatha, Yoga nidra and Tantrik meditation.

All my classes involve challenging and strengthening Vinyasas to build physical and mental confidence, stamina and resilience.

...But we always begin with at least 20 minutes of resting restoratives, meditation and breathing practices before any challenging physical practice begins. I believe resting at the beginning of classes and as often as possible off the mat is essential in developing a balanced and healthy nervous system which then supports the health of all our other systems.

I receive Psychotherapy supervision for my work which has supported my passion in helping my students to understand themselves emotionally as well as physically. So all my classes speak to the emotional and spiritual aspects of the practice that is being covered. So in a class you can expect to make connections with all aspects of yourself and learn about yourself at a deeper level. 

For my first 10 years of teaching my speciality was pregnancy yoga and birth coaching. This work was supported by my experience as a mother of two girls and a pregnancy yoga teacher training at the Active Birth Centre in London.

My interests and focus then moved into Yoga therapy, after a foundation training with the Biomedical Trust London and with One to One supervision and support from my Psychotherapist for the last 8 years. This yoga therapy work has helped me to understand the mental and emotional needs and health of myself and others.

My yoga therapy work has led to my Interest in working with people suffering from Anxiety and Depression.

Yoga is an invaluable tool for all aspects of our health and continues to provide students with the ability to support and heal themselves through every part of their lives.

So I am excited to be moving into the next stage of my work, which is to train others to teach yoga in the way I believe it deserves to be taught.

My teacher training will be an in-depth study of yoga and a self development course. I believe that passion, interest and honesty are the vital ingredients of a good yoga teacher. Information and Facts can be picked up along the way but being able to stand up in front of people and support them in connecting with themselves is something a yoga teacher needs to learn from the start. Teaching others to connect with yoga means being able to connect deeply with yourself. So my training will involve all aspects involved in creating and holding a great well rounded class, on all physical, mental, emotional and spiritual levels. 

Qualifications and Trainings:

2004 I completed my 2 year 500 hour training as a yoga teacher with Contemporary Yoga in Cork.

2006 Active Birth Centre London (Pregnancy Yoga) 

2008 Foundation in Yoga Therapy with the Biomedical Trust London

2009 Women's Health Yoga Therapy  with YTTC

2012 Breathing module at ATTC Dublin, with Lisa Peterson

2014 Foundation in Somatics with Brian Ingle of Living Somatics, in Dublin

2015 The Psoas muscles in Yoga, 3 day training with ATTC in Dublin.

2016 Trauma sensitive yoga teacher training, Cork

2016 Muscles and Connective tissues weekend with Amy Mathews in Dublin

2017 CPD two day Developmental Trauma training on the effects of trauma on the Mind, with Dan Siegel

2017 10 week online Awakening the Body meditation course with Dharma Ocean.

2018 Qualified as a Senior Yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance Professionals

 


If you want some help to practice at home...

My aim is not to teach you Yoga. My aim is to share my love and practice of yoga with you.

In the same way that ... we cannot teach each other about life, but we can share our experience of life with each other.

Yoga is a vast and wonderfully complex practice, that people have been turning to for thousands of years as a way to improve or maintain their health and well-being. And although everyone is different, we all share the same deep desire to be well, to be happy and to feel connected to others.

From my 18 years of personal practice and 14 years of teaching experience, I aim to offer you my journey, my experiences and my relationship with a practice that I intend to spend the rest of my life exploring.


This is a Tedx talk I gave in October 2104 on Habits and Yoga:


Below is the first of a series of Blogs I've made with Laya, the focus of these is on learning to find ways to manage Stress and Anxiety. The videos introduce you to the information on the written Blog below

Below is a video I recorded for Ekhart Yoga many years ago, I'm not mad about it! But it has been very popular with an older age group and goes to show you don't have to be fit and flexible to practice yoga.



You’re probably the best Yoga teacher I have ever had, your explanations are always really on the ball. You seem to get inside my head and say just the right thing at the right time. You’re very in-tune with the class.
— Evie Finlay
Jessica is an amazing yoga teacher. The way she interprets yoga and teaches it is a gift. She makes it understandable, reachable and rewarding, working with you to grow your physical, mental and emotional strength.
— Wendy Robertson

I am qualified as a Senior Teacher with Yoga Alliance UK. The main governing body in Yoga.

Supervision is not a requirement in the field of yoga. But I believe it should be. I choose to have supervision from a clinical psychotherapist as I feel this support for my work enables me to provide support to you, the students in my classes. Having continued supervision keeps my teaching fresh and real, it allows me to teach from my own authentic experience, rather than just from the teachings of others.

Which is why I would credit my therapist as my greatest teacher so far.

Other teachers who continue to inspire and guide my work are: 

Charlie Stevens and Marianne Gabrielle Esther Ekhart, Lisa Peterssn, Brian Ingle and Uma DinsmoreTuli

Teachers who I love and practice with online and through books are: Donna Farhi, Sarah Powers, Elena Brower, Jason Crandall, Sally Kempton and Rod Stryker, Tias Little, Reggie Ray.


I’ve been going to your class every week for the last 4 years and I just wanted to let you know how much I have enjoyed every single class. I have never once got bored, the opposite. I feel I get more and more out of it as time goes by. It brings me into my body and grounds me in good times and bad. So, Thank You!
— Lisa Brinkman
Jessica is an excellent yoga teacher and her passion for yoga comes through in her teaching. I have been practising yoga with Jessica for over 5 years and every time I go, I learn something new. Every class has a different theme and focus with creative and dynamic flows that are engaging and empowering. Jessica’s yoga classes are for body, mind and spirit, which makes me come back again and again!
— Dee Murnan
The positive effect of my yoga practice with Jessica extends to my whole family and those around me. After her class, I feel calmer and more balanced, open and better able to deal with the challenges that present themselves. Each class is different, restorative, rejuvenating and challenging. I feel truly blessed to be able to practice yoga with a world class teacher like Jessica.
Thanks you for all you bring to my life, your brilliance is greatly valued and appreciated.
— Bernadette Ruane