We asked Jessica a couple of questions to introduce her to the IYISF community!

Check out her interview:

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What’s your connection with yoga and when did your journey begin?

“My connection to yoga has taken many forms throughout the past 10 years.  I began doing yoga with my mom when I was young–we would go to yoga classes for fitness at local gyms and studios.  As I moved into high school, I began doing yoga on my own and started developing a home practice to better manage my stress and depression, though my practice was never very consistent.  After returning home from living in Rwanda, where I studied the 1994 Genocide in depth, I got very serious about yoga.  I enrolled in a yoga class that met three days a week and I built up a consistent home-practice.  Yoga became a part of my mental and physical healing process during the trauma and chaos of my return home.

In my final year of school, I also took a comprehensive Hinduism course in which we read the Yoga Sutras, the 8-Limbs of Yoga, the Bhagavad-Gita, and more.  It was the intense reading and discussion of Hindu texts like these that helped push me to accept yoga as much more of a spiritual practice, alongside a physical and mental one.  The story only continues from there!  I graduated and moved out to California with a strong love for yoga and desire to learn more!”

How did you end up at IYISF?
“This is a funny story, actually!  Very serendipitous!  So, I had heard about the studio and an opening position from a friend, before I even graduated and moved out to the Bay Area.  Unfortunately, various circumstances prevented the opportunity from coming through.  After I moved to Berkeley, however, I was invited to a yoga class by another close friend who actually took me straight to IYISF’s front door!  I began attending classes at the Institute and when the position of Student Service Coordinator opened up, I jumped on the opportunity.
I am so blessed and excited to be welcomed into this community with such love!”

Last night we held a commemorative open practice for all that wanted to pay their respects to Yogacharya B.K.S. Iyengar. The commemorative event started with the community reciting the invocation to Patanjali 11 times following with the recitation of the Guru mantra 3 times. The energy that was created set the tone for a truly communal atmosphere with us all here for the same purpose, to honor the life and teachings of  Yogacharya B.K.S. Iyengar.

On Tuesday August 26th practicioners all over the country will be participating a commemorative asana sequence at the same time. We will hold a special communal remembrance class on Tuesday August 26th, 5:30p-7:00p lead by Allan Nett! We hope to see you Tuesday! Pre-register here! If you can’t make it to our class our neighbors The Abode of Iyengar Yoga will also be participating.

Check out some pictures from last night’s gathering:

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