YTT Graduate Spotlight: Jessie!

Hey there, I’m Jessie! You may have seen me around the studio every now and then (or almost every day) behind the desk. I am the Studio Manger of Pure Synergy, a yoga instructor, an Aries, a dog mom to the cutest pup in town, and my style/aesthetic is almost-but-not-quite-dead succulents. I have lived in the Lake Cities area for the majority of my life (except for a year spent in The Philippines) and my boyfriend and I are remodeling our first home in Denton. If you see me around the studio, say hi! I’d love to get to know you. :)

 

 

Tell me about your yoga practice!

My physical yoga practice depends on the day. Sometimes, it’s legs up the wall for an hour, sometimes it’s an energetic sun salutation flow, sometimes it doesn’t even exist. I may not get on my mat as often as I would like to, but I always find time in my day to work on my breathing and meditation. I have more of a thoughtful approach to yoga than a physical practice.

When I attend group classes, I love attending yin classes or strengthening classes (yin and yang, you know… balance). When I’m at home practicing, I love to play with movement and explore the different postures at my own pace.

 

 

How long have you been practicing yoga?

For about the last 7 years I’ve taken a class here or there at various gyms or studios (usually with Lindsey). About three years ago, I attended an amazing class and I knew I wanted to stick with it. That year, Robyn told me about her plans to open Pure Synergy Wellness Studio! She brought me on as an assistant of sorts and that’s where I had the opportunity to really dive into the art of yoga!

 

 

Why did you decide it was time to take YTT?

Bringing Yoga Teacher Training to Pure Synergy had been in the plans since the doors opened. I knew I wanted to learn more about yoga as well as develop my own practice, so it seemed like the right time and place! I love my job and loved the idea of being even more involved with the space. But, I wasn’t doing it to become an instructor… I didn’t want to be THAT involved. Throughout the program, I flipped and flopped between “Oh, I can’t wait to share this with others!” and “This is so great, I can’t wait to work on myself with this!” I guess you could say that I had the right balance of selfish and selfless going on.

At the end of the day, it was the right time for me to learn more about yoga and begin my journey as an instructor.

 

 

Why did you want to become an instructor?

Hahahahaha…. that was NEVER my intention. But, I’m so glad I did!

The day I decided that I wanted to be an instructor was a few months after my YTT graduation, and I found myself working the desk without an instructor scheduled to sub for the class that was starting IN FIVE MINUTES. Lemme tell ya, I did not want to be an instructor for those first five minutes. But, as soon as the class was settled in and breathing together, I knew that I was were I wanted to be. That was the first class that I felt prepared, even without any time for preparation.

The reason I continue to teach yoga is because of the wonderful community here at Pure Synergy. These folks (the super awesome clients that attend our classes) have always encouraged me to go for it and give it my all. I love the people! I love the yoga! So, why not mix the two together? I may not teach often, but the feeling of joy that comes from sharing yoga with awesome people never gets old.

 

 

Tell me about your teaching style!

Imagine it, the room is basically silent and all you can hear is the sound of you and your neighbors breath - now, insert a really lame joke followed by absolutely no laughter…. That’s my teaching style. Okay, so sometimes they laugh at my jokes.

I love to have a semi-casual class where students can feel welcome to ask questions, breathe loudly, and feel comfortable in their bodies (and pass gas in a non-judgmental environment because let’s be honest, IT HAPPENS! Looking at you, Happy Baby pose). Of course, we still take time to respect the practice and the fellow yogis in the room. We break down the poses, every time. I’m still finding my style, but I would say that it’s a slow alignment based gentle flow. Who knows though, one day it might be hot vinyasa!

 

 

what have you been doing since YTT? 

I spend my day to day managing the studio and on Monday nights I teach Align & Flow at 5:30pm. Occasionally I can be found subbing or attending classes, but I leave that to all of the other amazing instructors in our tribe. :)