My Forgiveness Fast

Toronto

Why was I fasting yesterday?

After being inspired by the founder of Yoga in Schools Canada, Breathing Space Yoga Studios, and MY incredible yoga teacher Jenny Kierstead, I decided to take a day for myself and fast for 18 hours! 18 being significant and representing the number 108, a sacred number in the yoga tradition–the distance between the earth and the sun is apporx 108 times the sun’s diameter, there are said to be 108 energy lines converging to and from the heart, among MANY other significances. Yesterday I reflected, wrote, and observed nature during my fast. I’m called it my FORGIVENESS FAST! Continue reading

Tis the Season for Yoga in the Park

 Port Credit Yoga in the Park
Ypga in the park

Living Outside the Box with Dusky Leaf’s Cubist Yoga Bag

Dusky Leaf
 Dusky LeafAs a busy-bee hyperactive traveler, pilot wife, and on-the-go yoga teacher, I’m constantly on the move whether I’m on a trip with my husband, commuting locally to and from the yoga studio, or traveling to out-of-province yoga workshops. For everyday in-studio teaching or local workshops, I’m absolutely in love with my Dusky Leaf bright cerulean blue B.I.G Yoga Bag — it has it all! This BIG bag proves to be exactly what I need to transport ALL of my favourite essential yoga teaching tools and props with its many extra features. However, there are those days when I’m in need of a yoga bag spacious enough for my Dusky Leaf Natural Rubber Mat and a few other practical items, while not being “too big” so it’s convenient for air travel and land exploration. Tis the season for outdoor yoga! I like to maintain my yoga practice and lifestyle even when on the road. My new Dusky Leaf Cubist Yoga Bag is an innovative rectangular bag made specifically to transport as much as possible, while keeping things light and compact—perfect for the unconventional carry-on-only traveler like me.

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A Hint of Lime is in My Yoga Bag

Hint of Lime Designs
As a yoga teacher and regular practitioner, I’m constantly transporting clothes and yoga gear to and from yoga studios, outdoor locations, and workshop venues. I’m always on the hunt for new and innovative ways to transport my items, while still keeping things light and compact as much as possible. Although I need practical items, I still want colourful and fun items to spice up my yogi lifestyle! It took me nearly a year to find a yoga bag suitable to carry my favourite natural rubber yoga mat and yoga accessories. Thankfully, Dusky Leaf’s bright cerulean blue B.I.G Yoga Bag saved the day! Once I found the perfect eco-friendly canvas bag large enough to carry my mat with room left over for other items, it was time to perfect exactly what essential items I needed in my bag for a smooth and supported yoga practice.

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26 Yoga Poses You Can Do in the Snow or Literally Anywhere

I’ve spent the last month in a mad dash to accomplish the rest of my winter bucket list items now that the weather has been better before the end of the season. With only a few items left on my northern bucket list, I’m almost there! Top on my list was doing yoga in the snow in Northeastern Ontario. Even in -30 degree Celsius weather, I managed to get out on a blue sky sunny day and do yoga in the snow! Would you do it? Here are 26 of my favourite yoga poses that you can do in the snow, or literally anywhere at anytime. No special equipment required! Where do you yoga?

1. Extended Side Angle Pose- Utthita Parsvakonasana:Yoga in the Snow Continue reading

Dusky Leaf’s Natural Rubber Mat: Foundation of a Solid Practice

Dusky Leaf Yoga

Dusky Leaf YogaAs a yoga practitioner and newbie yoga teacher, I’m feeling strong and confident with my new Dusky Leaf Natural Rubber Yoga Mat (you can also find the mat in the Canadian store), which provides one of the highest-traction surfaces available. Since graduating from my Yoga Teacher Training, I’ve started teaching yoga this fall and have been teaching for two months now. Using Dusky Leaf’s Natural Rubber Mat gives me a superior degree of slip resistance provided by the open-cell structure of the natural tree rubber, which is essential when teaching and demonstrating postures. Using a yoga mat that is made from natural rubber gives me a level of cushioning and resilience that is not often seen in a synthetic material, which is crucial when practicing up to 6 days a week. When teaching and practicing on my Dusky Leaf rubber mat I don’t have to worry about what my mat is doing or whether or not my hands and feet are slipping, but rather I can focus on the articulation of the yoga posture–my yoga practice itself. With my hands and feet rooted, I can move with ease from posture to posture. The natural rubber mat’s cushioning, resilience, and traction has become the foundation of my solid practice–strong and supported. Continue reading

Saying Yes! Starting my 500 Hour Advanced Yoga Training

Halifax, NS

Breathing Space Yoga StudioWhat’s next for me? Well, aside from taking a huge leap of faith to move to the north, starting a new job, and teaching yoga, I’ve decided to start my 500 hour advanced yoga teacher training! I started my 500 hour advanced with Breathing Space Yoga Studio in October with my first training weekend taking place in Halifax, NS. My first workshop was focused on yin yoga. I’m excited to broaden my yoga knowledge, where my first 400 hours of training focused on vinyasa yoga and yoga for schools. Starting my program this fall gave me a good excuse to head back to the east coast. I was away from the east coast a month and was already itching to return. Continue reading

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Certified Yoga Teacher

Certified Yoga TeacherWhy practice yoga with Jessica?

Are you new to yoga? Curious about the benefits of yoga? Want to deepen your yoga practice? Want to practice in a small class? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then yoga with Jessica is perfect for you! Get the one-on-one attention you so desire, while learning about the traditional practice of yoga! Jessica specializes in teaching small group and one-on-one yoga classes for the whole family. Her all-levels beginner friendly yoga classes focus on: yoga for all, yoga fundamentals, deepening your yoga practice, connecting movement to breath, the benefits of Vinyasa yoga, the traditional practice of yoga, and renewing & transforming the mind, body, and spirit.


  • Due to COVID19, to keep you and your family safe and ours, classes are currently being taught virtually via Zoom. To sign up for a class, e-mail Jessica at turquoisecompass@gmail.com with the date and time of your class choice to get access to the Zoom link. Each class costs $15CAD, taxes included.
  • Be on the look out for pop-up yoga classes at local Halifax area yoga studios and fitness centers

Jessica’s Training:

Breathing Space Yoga Studio-200hr Yoga Teacher Training – Breathing Space Yoga Studio
-200hr Yoga in Schools Teacher Training – Breathing Space Yoga Studio
-60 hour Female Centered Yoga Teacher Training- Mind Body Spirit Yoga Academy
-500hr advanced Yoga Teacher Training – Canadian Yoga Alliance (Yin & Restorative, Prenatal, Yoga for Women)

Style Offerings:

Vinyasa yoga
Yin yoga
Restorative yoga
Family yoga
Kids yoga
Tweens & Teens yoga
Yoga for special populations
Yoga in Schools
Female centered yoga
Seminars & workshops
Prenatal & postnatal yoga

Yoga in the Snow


Jessica’s Services:

Yoga classes (studio & non-studio classes)

Private one-on-one yoga sessions

Private group yoga sessions

Corporate yoga classes

Yoga Events & Parties

Yoga & Doula services

Workshops

Retreats


Contact Jessica for a customized quote and to book your session!

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Jessica is currently located in the Halifax Regional Municipality
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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. Continue reading

Yoga Teacher Training with Breathing Space Yoga Studio

Yoga in Schools CanadaZeroslip Yoga TowelNever in my wildest dreams did I ever think I would become a yoga teacher. My fitness background was always in high intensity contact sports like rugby, running, and Crossfit. I played volleyball and soccer in high school, played varsity rugby throughout my university career, coached soccer and rugby for years, frequented the local gym/weight room almost daily, and turned my life over to Crossfit for nearly 3 years of my life before I started practicing yoga.

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