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Jessica began practicing yoga 14 years ago, while living and working in Israel. Daily life in a war zone drove Jessica to a weekly class, where she explored the peaks and valleys of the meditative mind for many subsequent years. The power of the practice took hold, and Jessica soon found herself on her mat every morning. Today, Jessica is still a daily practitioner of yoga, chanting, and meditation. Her practice has given her a strong, flexible body, a calmer mind, and a deep sense of practice as prayer through prostration. Jessica believes the authenticity, wisdom and grace of the ancient practice is available to anyone who will get down on their knees to receive it from themselves. Through her teaching she finds great joy in empowering her students to be their own best teachers in living yoga. Jessica has a 200-hour Yoga Alliance certification from locally based Martha Lonergan, and has also studied extensively the Sivananda and Baptiste Power Vinyasa Yoga styles. These days, her primary teacher is Prana Flow founder, Shiva Rea,with whom she frequently studies, and for whom she assists and mentors within the context of Rea's 200- and 500-hour teacher certification programs. more»
Jessica has a masters in journalism from Northwestern University, and has worked as a reporter for a major daily newspaper, as a translator for Israeli publications, as a teacher of English as a second language, and as a documentary film research editor for National Geographic. Since 2007, Jessica has spearheaded the DC Global Mala effort, a fundraiser that corresponds each year with the fall equinox, and that aims to raise awareness among yogis worldwide regarding the urgent issues of our era, such as global warming, fair trade, and equal education opportunities. Her most important job to date is that of mother to her two beautiful girls: Ella, 7, and Eden, 5. Jessica currently lives in Chevy Chase with her family. Her decade in Israel blessed her with fluency in all aspects of modern Hebrew, which she sometimes shares in class through music and poetry.
Jessica's Teaching Style: Jessica's classes are offered in Prana Flow style, which blends classical hatha yoga with new-school asanas, dance, martial arts, and sacred play. It's liberated flow supported by intelligent structure; spontaneous openings complemented by intentional waves of movement.Come ready for a fresh, integrated approach to yoga practice. teacher spotlight >>
How do you find your flow? Through music. I love to dance, whether on my mat, in the club, or in my pj's at home with my beloved daughters, Ella and Eden.
Why yoga? It's the sadhana that chose me in this rotation. What is your favorite Yoga Pose? Adho Mukha Svanasana (downward-facing dog). From there you can bend back, bend forward, enliven every muscle, or rest. It's the quintessential sthira-sukha asana. Aside from teaching yoga, what other activities fill your life? I love to take walks in the woods by my house, and to read. Theoretically, I also like to garden and write, but actually, it's more accurate to say I like to have gardened and have written. What are you most proud of? When I was twenty, I moved to Israel. I didn't know any Hebrew, and many people told me it was too late in life to learn such a difficult language with any degree of fluency. I bought a used State Department coursebook and practiced everyday by myself--with tapes--for about a year. When I went to Israel thereafter, people often thought I was a native. That experience inspires me to approach challenges with an open mind and a can-do attitude. What is your personal mantra/motto? Love is my religion. What do you most admire in others? An unquashable desire to commune with the rising force (prana) that is contained in the cosmos, and in each individual; that's what living yoga means to me. What is your idea of earthly happiness? I think I have it: to feel connected to a mandala of ignited beings whom I love, and who love me. As the planet gets hotter and more dangerous by the day, love is truly all we have, and it is still everything.