From the moment I took my first yoga class I knew that yoga was more than just simple movement, but it wasn’t until years later that I came to understand the powerful dynamics of body, mind and breath moving as one. I attended my first teacher training at Samadhi Yoga in Seattle where I developed a solid foundation in yogic philosophy and a practice that shot my heart space wide open. I finished my second teacher training at Be Luminous Yoga in Seattle where I found my courage and voice. I practice yoga because it keeps me sane, grounded and connected. I teach because I want to give back to the practice that has given me so much. My classes flow from the heart and are infused with the rhythm of breath, strength, joy and humor.
As with the best things in life, yoga found me at a moment when I least expected it. I reluctantly attended my first hot yoga class with a friend in 2012, quietly thinking to myself that an hour in a hot studio doing what I considered “stretching for old people” sounded like the worst idea ever. Sixty sweaty minutes later I was hooked, and all of my preconceived notions of yoga flew out the window. Over the next few years, a consistent yoga practice slowly but surely revealed itself to be a journey to the self, through the self—so much more than just the sweaty workout class I had thought it was. In 2015, I completed my 200-hour certification at Fruition Yoga and Wellness in Seattle, and since then I have taught hatha, vinyasa, and yin classes in studios around the city and in New Zealand, where I spent 2017 working and traveling.
In class, I guide students though a practice that encourages them to explore the mind, body, spirit connection at their own pace, incorporating elements of yoga philosophy into a flow that’s safely, creatively, and intelligently sequenced.
I believe in the beautiful and transformative things that happen when we step onto our mats for the creative exploration of our being through this continuously humbling, dynamic, and ever-changing practice of yoga. I consider it a great honor and privilege to facilitate that exploration for my students.
From the start, yoga felt like coming home. I found myself in a yoga class 19 years ago searching for a replacement for horses and dressage, which I left behind to pursue graduate studies in acupuncture. I was immediately drawn to the physical practice as I found both challenge and a calm, quiet space. As deeper layers were revealed, a lasting dedication was born. Beyond the layer of the physical practice, the weave of presence, honesty and acceptance has created a profound healing practice which has graced my life. More recently, I completed my teacher training at Lotus Yoga here in Seattle under the wise guidance of Megan Caroll. As my teachers have shared over the years, my aim is to offer ways to remember our deep connection to breath, body and soul. My classes offer a dynamic, fun, and engaging practice rooted in the heart. Classes are designed to allow for exploration and adaptation, honoring the moment as it is, so that students leave class feeling grounded, centered and vibrant. My other loves include reading, art projects of all kinds, wisdom traditions, walking, fair weather running, being immersed in nature and time with family and friends, especially my husband, 3 dogs and 2 cats.
Through her love of all things water related, Jess first found yoga on a stand up paddle board (SUP) and has dedicated Seattle’s beautiful summers to that practice for the past six years. SUP yoga turned out to be a gateway that led Jess to develop a land asana practice as well. Thanks to inspiring teachers who infuse their classes with all aspects of yoga, a deeper and fuller yoga practice including meditation, mantra, and pranayama followed.
Through her yoga practice, Jess has found a pathway to healing: physically and emotionally. She has found strength of body and heart, flexibility of body and mind. It was a realization of just how much yoga had helped Jess grow that moved her to become a teacher herself. Jess completed her 200-hour RYT at the beautifully magical Yandara Yoga Institute in Baja. As a teacher, Jess is passionate about inclusion, service, and, inspired by her teachers, bringing all aspects of yoga to her classes-including finding the joy in each moment!
I found my roots at Sutra Yoga, formerly in Wallingford, Seattle and have studied at Synergy Yoga and 8Limbs Yoga. I’m thankful for my teachers Amber Tande, Colin Patterson, Tami Hafzalla, and Jodi Boone. My teachings offer meditation, pranayama, strengthening hatha sequences, yin, and space for self exploration. Off the mat I enjoy strength training, being outdoors, animals, and coffee.
I walked into my first Vinyasa class in chronic pain after years of working as a chef. I was immediately hooked to the physical practice- what I didn’t know was how it would help reduce stress and build resilience in mind as well as body. Over the years, my practice expanded from Vinyasa to include slower flow, yin, restorative yoga, beginner and gentle classes and adaptive yoga. I received my 200 hour Vinyasa certification from Sendatsu Evolution in Seattle, and have continued to expand my training and technique with Yin, Restorative, and Adaptive teaching styles through Soma Om and 90 Monkeys. Fall of 2017 I left the restaurant industry to pursue my passion of teaching yoga and opened my business Sugarcane Yoga & Cuisine.
My intention for teaching is to provide a supportive space for student’s to explore their body, mind and spirit through breath-centered, creative, intelligently sequenced, fun classes. I believe that the beauty of yoga comes both in community participation and personal exploration, and aim to provide students with individualized attention and support to suit their diverse needs. I know that each student’s yoga practice is unique, and work to offer a space of support and inclusion for people to find the practice that works best for them.
I also see myself as forever a student; I practice at studios all over the city and regularly attend workshops to deepen my practice and further my own personal growth. When not teaching or practicing yoga, you can likely find me in the garden or the kitchen, growing food and creating seasonal recipes, writing about it, and hanging out with my partner, Jake and Bloodhound, Wally.