Jess started practicing yoga and meditation with her parents as a child, and practiced off and on through college and several careers. She started practicing in a more dedicated way and was inspired to begin teaching after the birth of her own children. She wanted to share the practice as a way to heal and ground and to find new ways to connect to a changed and changing body. It was these aspects of practice that helped her to work through cancer discovery, treatment, and recovery. Her teaching and practice are informed by her studies with Bo Forbes, Leslie Kaminoff, Sadie Nardini, Judith Hanson Lasater, Liz Owen, and Josh Summers, among others. She has been particularly interested in the use of lovingkindness meditation, and you will experience aspects of this work even in her asana practices which will require both effort and self-compassion.