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You always see them - the little smiley heads popping up from behind the desk whenever you come to class! We wanted to take the time to  introduce you to the team each month and decided to start off with our newest member of the family, Jess.

The great thing about Jess is that she is also a yoga teacher so you may also be led by her in a class too! We caught up with her to find out more more about her yoga journey and being a part of Yoga West.

How did you get into yoga?

I was a curious 19 year old seeking something more than a pump class, luckily my gym had yoga classes. That first ‘yoga-high’ had me hooked.

How has yoga changed you?

Wow, I just had a very nostalgic moment of reflection! Thank you for asking.

I believe that yoga, just as everything else in life, is what you make of it. Our daily experiences are so much about perception and yoga has taught me to watch my mind and to be conscious of where the ego can take me.

Through yoga I’ve learned to focus on finding balance and allowing myself just to be. Yoga teaches me when to hold on and when to let go.  It helps me to feel a sense of connection to something bigger, it provides a space for challenge and also release. I am more aware of the bigger picture these days and the positive influence I can be in the tiny flash of time that is this wonderful life.

What is your favourite thing about being a part of the team at Yoga West?

I love being part of a supportive, friendly team and wider community in a space that has such positive energy. I feel like it’s seeped into the walls here, it’s almost tangible! I connect so deeply with the values of Yoga West, providing a space for people to grow and to be, to build on what makes them happy and healthy.

What is your favourite yoga pose and why?

Ooooh that really depends on my frame of mind, but right now I‘m loving giving handstands a go! I can’t hold one for long and have a few bumps and bruises to show for it, but that’s all part of the process, discovering yourself through physical asana. I’m in a place in my life where I need to persist, take risks, be willing to fall over and get back up again, stronger.

What is your power song?

Right now – Higher Love, James Vincent McMorrow

What advice would you give to people who are considering taking up yoga?

Three things:

1 - we were all “beginners” at some point so don’t worry about not being able to do something that someone else can do, practice with your body and be grateful for it.

2 - you never regret going to yoga, so try it out, it might jut change your life.

3 – saying “I’m too inflexible for yoga” is like saying “I’m too hungry to eat”.

Do you have a favourite yoga quote?

So many! But here’s just one…

“Yoga is an internal practice, the rest is just a circus”. Sri Pattabhi Jois

How did you get into yoga? I was a curious 19 year old seeking something more than a pump class, luckily my gym had yoga classes. That first ‘yoga-high’ had me hooked. How has yoga changed you? Wow, I just had a very nostalgic moment of reflection! Thank you for asking. I believe that yoga, just as everything else in life, is what you make of it. Our daily experiences are so much about perception and yoga has taught me to watch my mind and to be conscious of where the ego can take me. Through yoga I’ve learned to focus on finding balance and allowing myself just to be. Yoga teaches me when to hold on and when to let go. It helps me to feel a sense of connection to something bigger, it provides a space for challenge and also release. I am more aware of the bigger picture these days and the positive influence I can be in the tiny flash of time that is this wonderful life. What is your favourite thing about being a part of the team at Yoga West? I love being part of a supportive, friendly team and wider community in a space that has such positive energy. I feel like it’s seeped into the walls here, it’s almost tangible! I connect so deeply with the values of Yoga West, providing a space for people to grow and to be, to build on what makes them happy and healthy. What is your favourite yoga pose and why? Ooooh that really depends on my frame of mind, but right now I‘m loving giving handstands a go! I can’t hold one for long and have a few bumps and bruises to show for it, but that’s all part of the process, discovering yourself through physical asana. I’m in a place in my life where I need to persist, take risks, be willing to fall over and get back up again, stronger. What is your power song? Right now – Higher Love, James Vincent McMorrow What advice would you give to people who are considering taking up yoga? Three things: 1 - we were all “beginners” at some point so don’t worry about not being able to do something that someone else can do, practice with your body and be grateful for it. 2 - you never regret going to yoga, so try it out, it might jut change your life. 3 – saying “I’m too inflexible for yoga” is like saying “I’m too hungry to eat”. Do you have a favourite yoga quote? So many! But here’s just one… “Yoga is an internal practice, the rest is just a circus”. Sri Pattabhi Jois