A Boston-based yogi, physiologist, and movement scholar. Jessica strives to educate her students about the many languages of the body, as well as equip them with tools to develop a deeper connection with their internal world.
Prior to teaching yoga, Jessica trained as a physiologist and holds a bachelors degree in Biochemistry with minor in Sports Medicine and two Masters of Science degrees in Exercise Physiology and Human Physiology. She has conducted research on the respiratory and cardiovascular systems, the physiological effects of several types of sports and training programs, and has published research on yoga and how the practice affects our physiology. She also acts as a reviewer for scientific literature. and has worked with a psychiatrist, helping to grow and administer a new therapy program for patients suffering from depression, anxiety, and other psychiatric illnesses. Jessica maintains a blog, PhysiologyofYoga.com, which focuses on different elements of physiology and how they relate to the yoga practice.
Jessica has also been an athlete her entire life. She started swimming at age seven, trained with a national team at the US Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs during high school, and went on to swim for a NCAA Division I team in college. During this time, she was able to learn from some of the top trainers and nutritionists in the country. Training at this high intensity for over a decade provided her with a complementary, experiential education, which allowed her to begin drawing connections between her academic and athletic backgrounds.
However, it was not until Jessica took up a consistent yoga practice in college that she truly began to see the deep, interconnected nature of her physical and academic training . From the moment she stepped into her first class, she knew she had finally landed and discovered a guide for the rest of her life. Jess found herself repeatedly making physical and mental connections with what she was learning in the academic realm to things that would surface during her practice. These connections solidified her belief in the power that yoga can have on our lives. Therefore, she has developed a passion for raising awareness and understanding of how our bodies and minds can benefit from yoga and the yogic lifestyle.
Inspired by how yoga affected her own life, Jess completed 200 hour and 500 hour trainings with Boston Yoga School, directed by Ame Wren, Kevin Courtney, and Brenna Matthews, and is also certified to teach children's yoga. She is grateful for the guidance her teachers provide and finds inspiration from Iyengar, Ashtanga, and Katonah yoga. Jess is currently studying Iyengar yoga with Patricia Walden, Carrie Owerko, Nikki Costello, and Lara Warren and continues to play the role of both student and teacher as she travels for workshops and trainings with senior teachers around the country.
In her classes, Jessica draws from her years of academic study and research, as well as her personal yoga experiences, to create a safe and nurturing environment where students can explore and develop a deeper inner awareness. Jessica's classes are a reflection of how she approaches her practice: deliberate, but not too serious. Jess believes yoga is a framework to discover freedom in the body, mind, and spirit. As a movement enthusiast, she tends to explore postures in unique ways to shed light on our patters and tendencies. Jess strives to help her students listen to the different languages of the body and how to tap into this intuitive knowledge to respect the internal and external states in each moment.She believes that practicing with both devotion and curiosity helps develop a fresh, open sense of wonder, and a place to find freedom in a relaxed wakefulness.