I’m a Certified Yoga Teacher!

Certified Yoga TeacherI graduated from my 400 hour double certification Yoga Teacher Training (YTT) with Breathing Space Yoga Studio on August 14th, a mere 3 days before departing for the Dominican Republic for my wedding. My graduation couldn’t have come at a better time. My full-time yoga training prior to my wedding was exactly what I needed to keep me grounded and Zen before my big day. My 7 month YTT provided me with a 200 hour vinyasa based yoga teacher certification and a 200 hour yoga in schools certification recognized by the Yoga Alliance Registry (RYS). I never would have thought that my dabbling in yoga during my full-time travels around the world would lead me to becoming a certified yoga instructor. Although going down the yoga road started years ago and I have been practicing full-time for over a year now, I feel like my journey has just begun. It’s far from over. I’m excited to see where the journey takes me. I truly have found my passion.Certified Yoga Teacher

One of the things I love most about yoga is that it is a personal journey that never ends. It just is. Without the stress of competing with others, like many other fitness avenues, I can focus on my own health and wellness. Coming from a competitive fitness background to yoga was definitely an adjustment at first, but I couldn’t be more thankful that I found yoga. It’s so much better to and for my body. Yoga is something I can sustain until my last days. I’ve finally found something that fills my cup physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. The holistic practice of yoga is what I’ve been searching for since my fitness journey began when I was a pre-teen. I wish I had found it earlier in life, but I am thankful it is part of my life now.Certified Yoga Teacher

I appreciate that yoga is for everyone and that it is never too late to start practicing yoga (thank goodness for that). If you’re breathing, you’re doing yoga. I’ve been lucky enough to practice at a variety of yoga studios with knowledgeable instructors. Studying with various teachers has expanded my yoga experience and has tested my practice. Many of the yoga teachers I’ve trained with in the last year have studied in India and with incredible yoga mentors such as B.K.S. Iyengar and David Swenson. My practice continued to improved when I committed to a regular and consistent yoga routine at Bodywise Yoga Studio. In going through a yoga teacher training program, I quickly learned how important it was to practice and study outside of the program along with the program requirements. I learned so much more that way. I tried to absorb as much as I could from as many sources willing to impart their knowledge. I know it might sound cliche, but yoga really has changed my life. I’m not just saying that because it is the thing to say, but rather because it has completely transformed my way of being, my lifestyle, how I interact with others, how I treat myself, and my outlook on life. I’m blessed to have the opportunity to share what I have learned and my yoga experience with others.

I’m looking forward to teaching! Stay tuned to learn where you can join me for a vinyasa class.

Jessica, Turquoise Compass
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