I'm Jess, the founder of imber yoga/tonics.
Yoga makes me more mindful of my actions and more aware of the control I have over my reactions to life. It makes me more accepting of myself and in turn, of others. It transforms the fog of my unconscious, automatic behavior to conscious, intentional action, which creates the life I choose to live. A regular yoga practice nourishes my heart and soul and helps me live life fully awake.
My path into teaching yoga has been an organic process of unfolding for the past 14 years. My mom brought me to my first yoga class in 2004. At this time, yoga was disguised as a good work-out, but was really the door to self-discovery and spiritual growth. Over the past 14 years, I have practiced Bikram, Yin, Ashtanga, Vinyasa, and Hatha yoga. This exploration has lead to a full body understanding of mindfulness and meditation.
For as long as I remember, I've wanted to help people in a hands-on way, which led me to studying Public Health and Nursing at the University of Washington. My experience working in many different specialties as a nurse has made clear that no matter what a person was admitted to the hospital for, everyone can benefit from yoga. Yoga is for everyone. It is about more than improving flexibility and strength. The path to mindfulness that yoga creates can positively impact the social, emotional, mental and physical health of anyone.
I currently work as a RN at Harborview Medical Center's Medical Respite, a homeless shelter that provides daily medical care and care coordination. My training in mindfulness, meditation, and trauma-informed yoga has allowed me the opportunity to lead mindfulness and meditation groups to my patients, which is exactly what I want to be doing.
I received my Yoga Teacher Training through Yoga Medicine. This program focuses on using yoga therapeutically , by combining a strong understanding of anatomy, physiology and biomechanics with the traditional practice of yoga. I have also trained with Yoga Behind Bars, a Seattle-based program that provides training on trauma-informed yoga and meditation based tools to foster connection, safety, and healing.
I'm inspired to continue this path of growth within myself and my community. I look forward to sharing this practice with you.
DEGREES, CERTIFICATIONS AND TRAININGS
Trauma Informed Yoga Training, Yoga Behind Bars 2018
RYT-200 (Registered Yoga Teacher), Yoga Medicine 2017
Bachelor of Science in Nursing, University of Washington 2010
Bachelor of Science in Public Health, University of Washington 2005